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The Property Brothers Reveal a Secret Feature We’ll All Wish Our Homes Had

“Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott are down to their final challenges in this season of “Brother vs. Brother,” which means it’s crunch time in this Los Angeles renovation battle.

In the latest episode, “The Mystery Judge,” the brothers fix up their guest bedrooms and bathrooms in hopes of impressing the guest judge, who eventually reveals himself to be Orlando Soria from “Build Me Up.”

Jonathan has set aside $400,000 for his bedrooms and bathrooms, while Drew has earmarked $440,000. Though these are big chunks of change, they may not be enough for the high-end designs these brothers are eyeing.


Read on to see how these brothers make their guest suites feel special, and steal some fun ideas you might want to try in your own homes, too.

A painted barrel ceiling can steal the show

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This barrel ceiling is a win for Drew Scott.

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In the kitchen and dining room challenge earlier this season, Drew refurbished a beautiful, hand-painted barrel ceiling. It was a big hit, so he decides to add another barrel ceiling to the hallway outside the guest bedrooms.

As it turns out, Drew is right to double down on this ceiling style. The round shape looks great, adding style and height to the hallway. To finish the look, he adds a painted mural on the ceiling and walls. The mural is subtle and classic with intricate floral details. It’s perfect for this old Hollywood home.

When Soria sees the feature, he loves it.

“This would make me want to buy the house,” he says.

A tub can go inside a shower

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Drew got creative with this small bathroom so that he could have a shower and a tub.

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Since Drew’s house is so huge, he adds many large, beautiful guest bedrooms and bathrooms,

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Iowa agency keeps secret the number of COVID-19 staff deaths in nursing homes

Clark Kauffman, Iowa wCapital Dispatch
Published 2:29 p.m. CT Oct. 5, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health is refusing to disclose the number of Iowa nursing home workers who have been infected with, or died from, COVID-19.

For months, the department has released only combined staff-and-resident numbers for both infections and deaths in Iowa nursing homes.

The agency has refused requests to separate the number of staff deaths and infections from the number of resident deaths and infections.

The department’s COVID-19 Communications and Emergency Preparedness Planner Alex Carfrae told the Iowa Capital Dispatch Thursday the agency would not provide requested information on staff deaths “due to privacy concerns.”

After being asked to cite the specific law that allows the agency to withhold non-identifying statistical information of that sort, an agency official said the department intends to review its policies and the applicable state laws.

More: Iowa eases visitor limits at nursing homes, where COVID-19 has cut deadly swath

The pandemic’s effect on caregivers is considered particularly important in terms of tracking the spread of the virus in nursing homes. The facilities are home to some of Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens, and yet they often make use of temp-agency workers who are deployed to multiple facilities over the course of a week.

Di Findley, who heads Iowa CareGivers, a nonprofit dedicated to building a strong direct-care workforce, said her organization has been unable to obtain staff-specific data on infections and deaths.

“The nursing home industry may not want the number of positive cases or deaths of nursing home workers to be part of the news because it can make it even more challenging to recruit and retain workers, which was a problem before COVID-19,” she said. “However, knowing how many nursing home workers have become infected, hospitalized, or even died

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Mysterious homes with secret tunnels


The perfect thing for VIPs looking to avoid the limelight or secret agents wanting to come and go without leaving a trace, these homes each come with clandestine corridors that you’d never know were there. The latest must-have home accessory, these unusual hidden hideouts will make you want to install a top secret passageway of your very own. Click or scroll through for more…



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These mysterious homes are hiding secret tunnels


The perfect thing for VIPs looking to avoid the limelight or secret agents wanting to come and go without leaving a trace, these homes each come with clandestine corridors that you’d never know were there. The latest must-have home accessory, these unusual hidden hideouts will make you want to install a top secret passageway of your very own. Click or scroll through for more…



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How canceled student-loan and mortgage debts could affect your taxes and the secret to selling a home quickly during a pandemic

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Roostock, based in upstate New York, sells specialty ciders.

This university’s closely-watched COVID-19 protocol brought positivity rates down after a spike — but will it last?

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Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is selling his $15 million Hamptons home

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New home sales surge to highest level since before the Great Recession

‘Already, more new homes have sold in 2020 than did in all of 2019,’ one economist said.

How canceled
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