“Home Town” fans don’t necessarily have to wait for Ben and Erin Napier to make over their home. An intrepid buyer could always monitor Laurel, MS, listings to find a home renovated by the Napiers on their hit show.
And for HGTV obsessives, a golden opportunity recently presented itself. The Kollar House from Episode 12 of the show’s third season recently landed on the market for $229,000.
The brick house built in 1961 was last listed $115,000 in June 2018, prior to its TV appearance. It sold that fall for an undisclosed amount to the Kollars, a couple of doctors who were looking to put down roots in a new town.
In the episode, the couple fell for the 1960s-era home with plenty of potential, and Ben and Erin promised to keep the project within a $200,000 budget.
So two years later, why is the Napier-renovated home back on the market? Well, the Kollars recently had to relocate for jobs, according to the listing agent, Kandace Monsivais with Red Fox Realty.
Monsivais added the home went into contract after just nine days on the market.
“It’s bittersweet. Even after the show, they renovated every single room. Everything’s been done.”
She noted that the “Home Town” team focused on the living space and kitchen, deck, and exterior, as you see in the episode.
After the cameras were packed away, the homeowners were inspired to complete the rest of the house. The bathrooms were both updated by the Kollars, who also painted the bedrooms.
As for the heavy lifting, Ben and Erin transformed the 2,160-square-foot cottage and added their trademark, period-appropriate touches.
In the three-bedroom abode, the living room now features an eye-catching, reclaimed antique mantle affixed to the gas fireplace. Crown molding now runs the length of the walls, which are painted a light gra]y.
Pulling down a wall created a flow between the living and cooking areas. In the madeover kitchen, dark gray Italian porcelain tile covers the floor. The kitchen also features custom cabinets, durable quartz counters, as well as a luxurious center marble island that can accommodate bar seating.
The white tile backsplash is formed in a grid pattern, rather than the trendy subway tile look, for a design that Erin described as “timeless.”
Brick stairs leading to the glassed-in sunroom off the living area needed “something,” according to Ben. He built little white cabinets flanking the stairs, and one of them serves as a custom wine rack.
For the sunroom, the Napiers added new windows, which, Ben helpfully pointed out, are “always a great investment.” High-end glass accordion doors were also added. Those doors open completely to a newly built deck, for true indoor-outdoor space.
Outside, the team added curb appeal by cladding the steel columns and painting the shutters red, for a pop of personality.
For a New Orleans vibe, shutter dog hardware was attached, so the window coverings could be easily opened and closed. A fenced-in back yard, concrete drive, landscaping, and large oak trees complete the property.
The “Home Town” team worked their magic in 2018. Two years later, a new owner can move right in and enjoy the place, no renovation required.
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