Sweeten Founder Featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Jean tells Extreme Makeover why a licensed general contractor is important

Sweeten on the set! Founder Jean Brownhill stopped by the set of HGTV’s hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to lend her advice on licensed general contractors (and muscle!) for a deserving family’s renovation. Check out the behind-the-scenes footage of her visit. 

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Design Team Darren Keefe: (00:06)

Jean! Hey, how are you?

Jean: (00:07)

Hey, I’m great. How are you?

Design Team Darren Keefe: (00:08)

I wanted to introduce you to our builder, Dave.

Builder Dave: (00:10)

Hey, nice to meet you.

Jean: (00:11)

Hi Dave.

Design Team Darren Keefe: (00:11)

Jean’s with Sweeten.com, and she specializes in matching homeowners with renovation experts. And so she’s seen demos, renos, and all the kinds…(laughs).

Jean: (00:22)

Oh, yeah, we literally have seen everything.

Builder Dave: (00:22)


Design Team Darren Keefe: (00:23)

We’re really glad to have Jean from Sweeten here because we have this un-permitted breezeway that the Holtzclaw’s inherited. And she knows what it takes to solve these problems.

Design Team Darren Keefe: (00:33)

A lot of times that happens, you’ll buy a home and you think you can renovate something that’s been un-permitted and it’s like peeling back layers of a nightmare, right?

Jean: (00:40)

It’s like a Pandora’s box. So once you touch one thing, you know this?

Builder Dave: (00:45)

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Jean: (00:45)

Everything has to be up to code.

Builder Dave: (00:46)


Jean: (00:46)

You can’t just fix the electrical. You have to fix the plumbing, you have to fix the structural, and the foundation. And I think that people think that like, “Oh, I don’t need to hire a licensed general contractor. You know, it’s too expensive or it’s too cumbersome.”

Builder Dave: (00:57)


Jean: (00:58)

But the reason why there is a license to be a general contractor is because you have people’s safety in mind. And this space is obviously not that.

Builder Dave: (01:06)


Design Team Darren Keefe: (01:08)

So first thing that we need to do is strip all these walls. So we’re going to demo all these walls, get it down to studs.

Jean: (01:12)


Builder Dave: (01:12)

All right.

Design Team Darren Keefe: (01:13)

All right, You ready?

Jean: (01:13)


Builder Dave: (01:13)

What are we waiting for?

Design Team Darren Keefe: (01:14)

All right, I got a hammer for you. Swing away.

Design Team Darren Keefe: (01:20)


Sweeten founder and CEO weighs in on what to know before renovating a brownstone.

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