Ben and Erin Napier help Laurel-born Brandon return home in Season 7, Episode 2 of HGTV’s “Home Town.”
WARNING: STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS FOR HOME TOWN SEASON 7.
“Brandon grew up here, he went to Laurel High School,” Ben explains in the episode. “He has the stereotypical small-town story. He left and I don’t think he ever planned on coming back.”
As Brandon explained, he went to college in Mississippi 13 years ago but returned to Laurel after his sister’s death in 2021. As the episode revealed, he is currently living with his mother while he buys and renovates a house.
“It’s one of those incredible cottages that’s always popular — but most of all, you’ll fall in love with Brandon, who has returned to Laurel to be close to his mother, nieces and nephews after losing his sister,” Erin teased on Instagram before the episode. “You will love this family. (Plus, can we actually tear down the house he’s buying and build a new one??)”
Brandon toured the Roseberry & Howell Houses
It’s the fixer-upper fight for Brandon as Ben and Erin take him to the Roseberry and Howell homes.
Brandon later revealed that he has a total budget of $200,000. Among other things, he is looking for a house with plenty of storage space, a good kitchen and at least 2 bedrooms so that his nieces and nephews can stay overnight. As an engineer, Brandon also explained that he’s a fan of symmetry.
The Napiers first took Brandon to see The Roseberry House. As Ben explained, Ben and Sarah Roseberry bought the house in the 1920s and lived there for about 40 years. The house needs a little more love, with added visual interest and repairs to the outside stairs.
With a list price of $50,000, the home includes the following features:
- 3 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- 1,400 square meters
- Year of construction 1915
Brandon also toured The Howell House which was the home of James and Becky Howell in the 1970s. The house was in disrepair, with broken glass, an ugly door, broken lights, and even a crow that appeared outside.
With a list price of $30,000, the home includes the following features:
- 2 Bedrooms
- 1.5 bath
- 1,056 square meters
- Year of construction 1940
Brandon bought the Howell House for $14,000
In the end, Brandon decided to accept The Howell House’s challenge and traded the price down to $14,000.
“I know it probably sounds completely absurd that he got a $14,000 house in the rest of America, but this is where I think that’s happening,” Erin said on the episode. “I was only tickled for him. That’s great.”
However, some unexpected expenses for Brandon’s renovation are on the horizon.
Brandon must decide whether to demolish the house
Brandon has to make a decision when the demolition reveals just how much work needs to be done on the house.
“We knew the house was in a rough state, but what you can’t tell until you pick up the floor and rip the walls down is how rough,” Erin explains in the episode.
With the house down to the studs, the Napiers guide Brandon through the problems including termite damage, rot and extensive foundation repairs that are required.
The homeowner is presented with two options. The first option would require the house to be raised to repair the foundation and then one of the walls would have to be knocked down to repair the termite damage. This route would take another 2 weeks and with additional costs the total price would be $189,000.
The other option would be to demolish the house and start over, which would take another 2 months. The total cost would be between $205,000 and $210,000.
To stay on budget and a faster schedule, Brandon decides to make the repairs.
CONTINUE READING: Cindy Crawford shows her “tough” side in the clip “Celebrity IOU”.
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