Brian McCourt poses on the set of Backyard Builds

Brian McCourt

Brian McCourt is a trusted contractor, design expert, real estate flipper, and television personality. He is best known as the co-host of the Canadian Screen Award-nominated series Backyard Builds: a series dedicated to creating innovative outdoor spaces. Brian is also a part of the all-star cast of HGTV Canada’s Home to Win and Family Home Overhaul. A fifth-generation builder, Brian is one of seven siblings – four of which work in real estate and renovation. It is safe to say that it runs in the family! From a young age, Brian felt drawn to real estate. He would watch his parents renovate small-town Victorian homes while refinishing furniture and scoping out flea markets in their free time. By the age of 19, Brian flipped his first property, and at 25 he had nine successful flips under his belt. Today, he boasts 15 years of hands-on renovation and design experience, functioning as a rare designer-contractor blend. In 2010 he opened the eponymous Brian McCourt Designs to help homeowners transform their houses into inspiring, custom homes. A fun-loving self-proclaimed “goofball”, Brian is motivated by creating multi-platform content that transcends traditional genres and formats. Brian is a regular guest on numerous television and radio shows, and is a proud partner of Habitat for Humanity.

Find ways to make your home more accessible with ideas from contractor and design expert Brian McCourt.
December 3, 2023
Make your yard work for you with these smart outdoor investments.
May 18, 2022
Design expert Brian McCourt help you design a backyard with staying power with these timeless backyard trends.
August 22, 2021
See how Sarah Keenleyside and Brian McCourt transform backyards into amazing outdoor spaces this season on Backyard Builds.
May 21, 2021
Contractor and design expert Brian McCourt delivers 15 fun and functional ideas to makeover your garage or shed.
July 26, 2020
Give your outdoor space an upgrade with these fun ideas from design expert Brian McCourt.
June 21, 2020
HGTV Canada’s Brian McCourt answers common outdoor plant questions so you can get growing this season.
May 26, 2020
You don’t have to travel far (or spend a lot) to turn your outdoor space into a go-to retreat.
April 22, 2020
This dynamic duo has taken the worst backyards and transformed them into multifunctional paradises.
May 1, 2019
Growing up, Brian McCourt had an obsession with real estate.
April 18, 2019
There’s a fine line between keeping up with home trends and being wasteful. Design trends gradually phase in and out, and if you play it...
December 21, 2018
It’s time for a new set of small space design guidelines. Step one: forget the rules.
August 31, 2018