Zooey Deschanel and her boyfriend Jonathan Scott looked as if they couldn’t be prouder when they unveiled their newly renovated home for his magazine Drew + Jonathan Reveal on Wednesday.
The gorgeous Los Angeles home was originally built in 1938 by famed architect Gerard Colcord, and the 42-year-old New Girl star and the 44-year-old Property Brothers star — who runs the magazine with his twin brother Drew — have thoroughly updated it inside and out.
‘This is a house that suits our tastes and needs, aesthetically and functionally,’ Zooey said approvingly.
Dream home: Zooey Deschanel, 42, and her beau Jonathan Scott, 44, showed off their LA home in his magazine Drew + Jonathan Reveal on Wednesday. The couple renovated a 1938 home in Brentwood designed by famed architect Gerard Colcord
Zooey and Jonathan purchased the home at the height of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in June 2020, and they set out for some intensive restorations and changes over the next two years.
The two have been a couple since August 2019, and they had a fateful first meeting when she met him on a sibling episode of Carpool Karaoke that also featured his brother Drew and her older sister Emily Deschanel.
The couple took their sweet time in announcing the purchase, as it wasn’t until January of this year that Jonathan revealed the couple had found their ‘forever home.’
It was love at first sight for Zooey, who said, ‘As soon as we pulled into the driveway, we knew this house was special.’
Back to basics: Jonathan and Zooey bought the home in June 2020 and spent two years renovating it inside and out. They tried to return it to its classic style after incongruous updates in the 1970s and ’80s
Fateful meeting: The two have been a couple since August 2019, and they had a fateful first meeting when she met him on a sibling episode of Carpool Karaoke that also featured his brother Drew and her older sister Emily Deschanel
The classic house features a spacious five bedrooms and is located in Los Angeles’ tony Brentwood neighborhood, which is the home to a number of Hollywood stars.
‘It was a beautiful home with a lot of history,’ Jonathan said approvingly.
The couple appreciated the traditional style of the Georgian revival, though renovations throughout the years had added incongruous modern touches that didn’t quite add up.
‘With two choppy additions in the ’70s and ’80s, the home no longer functioned well by current standards,’ said Jonathan, and he and Zooey set out to ‘preserve’ the style of Colcord, who was a traditionalist, even by 1938 standards.
But the renovations didn’t just put the rest of the house in line with the original design, but also updated it to make the home much more efficient.
The couple installed Tesla roof tiles to generate electricity from the abundant sun, which is then stored in a large battery system.
Nine smart panels throughout the house monitor energy consumption from all of the electrical devices, and the plumbing system is equipped with a gray-water recycling system that reuses water from the showers and sinks for toilets and even the outdoor irrigation.
‘This isn’t just a smart house,’ boasted the HGTV star ‘It’s a genius one.’
Impeccable: The five-bedroom home is in a Georgian revival style. Jonathan worked on the exterior, while Zooey decorated the interior with ‘dope-a** tile and upholstery’ featuring Moroccan fabrics and Portuguese tiles
The home’s exterior featured wood paneling that wasn’t up to fire codes, so Jonathan replaced it with brick and also covered the home in fire-resistant material that would also make it more insulated.
‘It still looks like it could be a 100-year-old home, but it’s now LEED-certified and will end up using less grid energy than a small apartment,’ he added.
While he was working on the outside, Zooey was ensuring that the interior was decorated with ‘dope-a** tile and upholstery.’
The home got an international feel thanks to her use of Portuguese tiles and Moroccan fabrics, which contrasted with the tasteful white walls.
She also made sure there was plenty of ‘prep space’ in the kitchen, which was decorated with lovely green cabinets and what Jonathan jokes was ‘the largest island ever built,’ which featured a tasteful white granite countertop.
The All The Real Girls actress applauded her partner for his skill at returning the home to its former glory.
‘Jonathan is so amazing at figuring that out. He’s been doing it for his clients for so long, and now he’s done that for us and our family. ‘
Future house: The home, dubbed the Park House for its expansive yard, was updated with new insulation and Tesla solar tiles, plus a battery system and gray-water recycling. ‘This isn’t just a smart house,’ boasted the HGTV star ‘It’s a genius one’
Her family appeared to be particularly smitten with the house’s expansive yard, which was decorated with a 60-year-old rose garden and gorgeous sycamore trees.
‘When we brought the kids here, they asked, “Are we living in a park?”‘ Jonathan recounted, so they fittingly chose to name their new home the Park House.
Zooey and Jonathan sounded relieved to be finished with their dream home after spending so much time getting it just right.
‘It was really hands-on for both of us,’ Zooey recounted. ‘Many Saturdays, we sat searching for the right details to add to this home.’
Hard work: Zooey and Jonathan sounded relieved to be finished with their dream home after spending so much time getting it just right. ‘It was really hands-on for both of us,’ Zooey recounted. ‘Many Saturdays, we sat searching for the right details to add to this home’; seen in March in West Hollywood