We hope you’re thirsty because two tall drinks of water are coming to town.
Drew and Jonathan Scott, twin brothers, best-selling authors and stars of Property Brothers among other major career ventures, are making a pit stop in Frisco to promote their first children’s book, Builder Brothers Big Plans. Women of the DFW area, lovers of home design, DIY and décor, your chance has finally come. Throw on your best dress and be at the Frisco Barnes & Noble at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 for a book reading, signing and meet-and-greet.
Oh yeah, and bring your children, we guess.
In between packed schedules while filming for Property Brothers and Buying and Selling, the brothers chatted with us about their plans in publishing, turning down roles in reality TV and most important, what they really think about Dallas women.
We can only hope there will actually be families with children at the book signing and not just a line of thirsty, single women.
Builder Brothers Big Plans is your third book. You came out with Dream Home in 2016, offering homeowners the ultimate guide to finding and fixing, then released somewhat of a tell-all behind-the-scenes for It Takes Two in 2017. Instead of releasing more DIY or memoir-genre books, you did something unexpected and released a children's book in 2018. What inspired writing a children's book?
Drew: Jonathan and I have a huge kid audience, which you’d never guess. But kids are actually watching and loving our shows. When we’re out in public or at the airport, kids say, “Look mom and dad, it’s Jonathan and Drew!” It really means a lot to us. Kids actually design their home with crayons and draw us in the picture with their family. It really warms our hearts that we inspire kids in their creativity.
Jonathan: Yes, this is one of the most exciting adventures for us in our adults lives. I love the fact that we’re creating a brand that kids can trust. With all the chaos going on in television, we’ve discovered that our shows are really a safe environment for everyone — the whole family. Dads like it, moms like it, kids like it. It’s important for us to know that we’re providing an extension to (the show) where kids can learn positive values.
Can you tell us a little bit of what the book is about?
Jonathan: The book is about teaching kids that no dream is too big. That they can do anything they set their minds to, and not be afraid of failure because that’s part of success.
You’ll see in the book we have this big plan to create this super duper, double-decker dog house, which is a true story from when Drew and I were kids. Our neighbor’s dog didn’t have a dog house, so we thought to ourselves, “We’re going to fix that; we’re going to be the heroes; we’re going to build this dog house!” We got the plans together and gathered the materials to do it.
A lot of adults usually joke and say, “Oh these kids, wishful thinking, you’ll never be able to pull it off.” We were able to pull it off as kids, but in the book, of course, we ended up facing obstacles, like making it the wrong size. We thought, “Did we fail? Were the adults right? Can we not do these things?”
But we realized, no that’s not a failure, it’s an opportunity to do something else. Which was an amazing turnout. And the most special part for me was at the end of every book — you know we just finished writing our second book in the series, which is being illustrated now — but at the end of every book, there’s a plan so that the kids can actually build something with their teacher or parent with materials they can find around the house.
You mention a book series. How many Builder Brothers books will there be?
Drew: Five million. [Laughs]
But really, we’re going to keep writing them, bringing out our true childhood stories to inspire kids’ creativity. So as long as they’re loving the books, we’ll keep writing.
Would you agree it’s possible you’re potentially writing books for your future children? Drew, I know you just married your soulmate, Linda, in May in Italy. Do you guys want to start a family anytime soon?
Drew: Jonathan and I wanted to write what our kids, nieces and nephews would want to read. This will be the first book I read to my kids, I can tell you that.
You've been on a roll, coming out with a book for three consecutive years. Can we expect another in 2019?
Jonathan: Yes, the next will come out next year and will continue beyond that. This will be a big venture for us.
You’re coming to Frisco on Oct. 6 for a book signing. Have you ever been to Dallas before? What are your favorite things to do in Dallas?
Jonathan: Yes, I am big into Dallas restaurants. ... Also, I remember when I got there, just felt like it was a bustling city with all the action happening. Other Texas cities [we’ve visited] were laid back. All the action is in Dallas.
Drew: We love going to comedy shows in Dallas, and I’ve always wanted to do an Escape Room. It’s always fun for us to go to Dallas. We’ve always felt so welcome. We always feel like a local when we’re there.
I know Property Brothers filmed a few episodes in Austin in HGTV’s season three and four, but would the show ever film in Dallas?
Drew: 100 percent. We would love to.
Jonathan: Absolutely. When we originally filmed in Austin, real estate agents rallied together and convinced the network to take us there. The network ultimately chooses where we go.
This may be a question for Jonathan. What is your impression of Dallas women?
Jonathan: For me, I like someone who is confident in who they are and what they want; I have a personal no B.S. policy. I will never lie to anyone under any circumstance and so what I did find when I was in Dallas was that people were incredibly friendly but also very direct.
Drew: Maybe we’ll start a series called dating a contractor. Instead of a rose ceremony, it’s a hammer ceremony.
Jonathan, I know that ABC's The Bachelor approached you multiple times about starring on their show. Why did you turn it down?
Jonathan: It’s just not my thing. I’m a private person. The thought of dating 30 people simultaneously gives me anxiety. I’m a one-on-one kind of guy. A lot of our friends and crew love the show and live by it, but it’s just not for me. We’d love to do [The] Amazing Race.
Drew: Jonathan being on The Bachelor would give me a lot of fuel to make fun of him.
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Jonathan: Apparently I have to go on Dancing with the Stars so I can win it and show off to Drew.
Drew: Jonathan is approached all the time about being on Dancing with the Stars. I would love to see him attempt to do what I had to do on the show. He said he could actually win it, but I don’t know, I mean, I like to think I’m the brother that has more moves.
Anything else you want to share with us?
Jonathan: We hope a lot of kids will come out locally in Dallas. We love to see them interact with our books during the book readings. It’s going to be so much fun.