The former child stars of The Brady Bunch returned home Monday during the premiere of HGTV’s A Very Brady Renovation. The network paid almost twice the $1.88 million asking price in order to secure the home used in the original show, which they renovated to match the soundstage where the show was actually shot.
The home, which is located in Studio City, CA was used exclusively for exterior shots so the interior was nothing like the sets the show was shot on. In order to make the home match the television persona, designers built a 2,000 square feet addition on the back of the home. They also lowered the living room floor a foot in order to make room for the iconic staircase.
Barry Williams, Eve Plumb, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Susan Olsen, and Mike Lookinland were blown away by the attention to detail. After seeing the home for the first time, the actors were flooded with memories.
“I can remember all the scenes, the talks, the lectures that Mike Brady would deliver,” recalled Williams.
The real home brought real emotions to the actors, who missed their departed costars. “I think Florence and Bob would be very, very proud and amazed,” said McCormick, “Ann as well, because it's exactly like it looked when we were shooting.”
During the premiere episode, the exterior and living room were revealed. Each episode of the renovation special will reveal a new part of the house that has been renovated.
A Very Brady Renovation airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on HGTV.