Here’s How HGTV Got All 6 ‘Brady Bunch’ Kids to Participate in ‘A Very Brady Renovation’
It’s pretty incredible when you think about it — even in today’s busy world, HGTV was able to get six actors to commit to a project. And not just any actors, either. They convinced all six kids from the Brady Bunch cast to assist with A Very Brady Renovation, the most nostalgic and uplifting show you’ll find on the network right now.
It all started in 2018 when the original Brady Bunch house went on the market for $1.8 million. Even though there was plenty of interest in the property, including from NSYNC singer Lance Bass, ultimately HGTV won the bidding war and purchased the home for $3.5 million. Clearly it was worth every penny.
Next came the hard part — putting together a show that would be worthy of the iconic sitcom. HGTV producers knew they’d need all six Brady kids to commit to fixing up the house. So how did they convince them?
The ‘Brady Bunch’ house required a full renovation
Most people don’t realize that the inside of the Brady Bunch house looked nothing like it did on television. The three-bedroom, three-bath home, which is located in Studio City, California, was only used for exterior shots. Any time you saw the Brady house inside, it was courtesy of being filmed at Paramount Studios, Soundstage 5. Yes, even those classic shots on the home’s staircase.
So HGTV knew they had their work cut out for them transforming the split-level home into a fitting Brady replica, complete with period-specific accessories. Thanks to the help of the Brady Bunch actors, they are able to achieve this noble mission.
The cast was excited to join for the ‘Very Brady Renovation’ project
Brady Bunch siblings Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) all said yes to the project because they respected HGTV and what they were trying to do.
“It’s been a really long time since all of us have been back together,” McCormick explained on the show. “I think everyone looks at the projects as they come, and this one I think just got us all. It was HGTV who, you know, their programming is amazing, this whole show is filled with so much love, the crew everybody behind it—it’s a work of love.”
Each ‘Brady Bunch’ sibling was in charge of one room to renovate
It’s clear that HGTV took the renovation seriously and wanted every detail, from the wallpaper to the lamps, to feel authentic. “So much great help there as far as design goes,” Plumb said. “They’re very specific about what goes into the house, they are trying to make it look exactly like the set, down to the wallpaper.”
That kind of dedication is precisely why all six actors agreed to participate. Thanks to the integrity of HGTV and the hosts helping with the project, A Very Brady Renovation is delivering exactly what fans and former cast members want to see.
What will happen to the ‘Brady Bunch’ house now?
After filming concludes, one lucky prize winner will get a chance to stay in the freshly renovated Brady Bunch house with six other friends. After that, it’s anyone’s guess what the fate of the property will be.
While many fans hope it turns into a museum, that seems unlikely given that the zoning laws in the residential area. But HGTV could potentially rent the house on Airbnb or a similar website so everyone can experience the Brady Bunch house firsthand.
You can expect a pretty long wait list if that happens!