“Home Town” stars Erin and Ben Napier know which property renovations are most well-liked these times. But they also know very well that from time to time, upgrades usually are not the very best idea—particularly if you want your home to have character.

In the most up-to-date episode, “A Laurel Hug,” Erin and Ben satisfy up with an aged good friend, Kendall, who just lately lost her partner. She’s decided to shift back household to Laurel, MS, to be nearer to family members, and has purchased a dwelling for $110,000. She loves this 1940s develop, but Erin and Ben know the put will need a great deal of work—and extra funds than her $115,000 renovation price range will make it possible for.

Nevertheless the Napiers come across a way to make this dwelling glance remarkable while pushing the budget only a bit increased. And their top secret is mainly preventing a ton of the most popular renovation trends! This is what they do—or extra importantly, do not do—which may possibly encourage some alterations all over your very own abode, far too.

1.Never paint the front door if it seems to be terrific already

This house already looked beautiful, but it needed a new color.
This house previously looked gorgeous, but it needed a new shade.


Erin and Ben know this yellow dwelling requirements a contemporary coat of paint, so they system to give the household a brown exterior with a inexperienced doorway, which will offer a pop of colour.

The brown paint seems terrific, but when the new doorway will come in, unpainted, Erin has second views about supplying it a new color. The deep wooden tone will work excellent with the new, darker home coloration. In the conclusion, she decides to retain it as is.

As it turns out, this door looks best with a natural wood tone.
As it turns out, this doorway seems to be most effective with a natural wooden tone.


“It was additional peer force from all the neighbors,” Ben claims when he and Erin ultimately get to clearly show Kendall the new exterior. “Most people was texting, like, ‘Hey, so ya’ll aren’t likely to paint the doorway, are you?'”

Everyone on the block loves the wooden front doorway, and it would seem Kendall does, way too.

2. Never knock down walls if you like nooks and crannies

This old home is far from open concept.
This old household is far from open strategy.


While a lot of prospective buyers these times want households with an open flooring strategy, Erin and Ben be aware that this outdated property nevertheless has tons of walls, and they program to maintain it that way.

“I like rooms, and I like minimal nooks,” Erin claims when describing her decision to continue to keep the walls up in the residing room. “That is what helps make a home appealing.”

In the conclusion, Erin and Ben prove that trying to keep the partitions up is the ideal decision. With the primary layout intact, this home is in a position to hold its special 1940s allure. Even with a fresh coat of paint and some new furnishings, this house nevertheless feels aged in the very best way doable.

3. Will not try to take care of imperfect flooring

Erin and Ben Napier find these floors have lots of character.
Erin and Ben Napier uncover these floors have lots of character.


When Erin and Ben initially give Kendall a tour of this residence, it’s loaded with orange carpet. The carpet doesn’t make the very best first effect, but Kendall is equipped to see some hardwood floors peeking out from underneath, which provides her hope for this property.

So Erin and Ben make confident to have the carpet taken off and the wooden flooring sanded. Nonetheless, these outdated hardwood flooring are not fantastic. While one would anticipate a uniform glimpse from new hardwood, these flooring have patches of darker and lighter wooden. The shade is not steady, but Erin states this is truly an asset.

“This is what I like about aged hardwood flooring. … They definitely tell the background of the home,” Erin says.

Without a doubt, these aged flooring increase added character to the dwelling. When the renovation is finished, these flooring flip out to be a great feature—and a major improve from orange carpet.

4. Really don’t go wild with tile if you like a common glimpse

David and Erin talk tile in Kendall's new bathroom.
David and Erin converse tile in Kendall’s new toilet.


White subway tile is basic, stunning, and inexpensive—so it really should be fantastic for Kendall’s 1940s dwelling.

Nevertheless, Erin believes that subway tile has been overused, so she chooses a tile that is ever so marginally distinct from that basic appear: a white tile with a beveled edge. The bevel offers it a little bit of texture.

David, the tile installer, says he enjoys this search mainly because it reminds him of antique mirrors, which have beveled edges as effectively.

This tile may look traditional, but it has one unique detail.
This tile may glance common, but it has one particular unique detail.


Erin looks content with the comparison, conveying that one of her most important goals with this renovation is preserving the basic truly feel.

“It’s so a lot about the historic architecture and preserving it the way it is,” Erin claims.

When the rest room is completed, Erin enjoys the seem. To the naked eye, this shower tile appears to be like it is really lined with typical subway tile, but up close, you will find a vintage depth that is reminiscent of an more mature design.

5. Never make a kitchen area also clean up and pristine

The backsplash looks great in this kitchen.
The backsplash appears excellent in this kitchen area.


With Erin currently finding a unique choice to subway tile for the lavatory, she decides in opposition to working with that tiling in the kitchen as well. Instead, she finds a white tile with a touch of color to give it a somewhat aged search.

“I love the way these tiles have a minor patina and an aged color about them,” Erin suggests. “Like, I didn’t want anything at all correctly white and shiny in this home that feels historic and a minor little bit aged by now.”

When the tile is put in, it appears to be like wonderful. It offers this kitchen area a little bit of character, encouraging it blend in with the rest of the outdated home.

This backsplash has a little bit of color, making it charmingly imperfect.
This backsplash has a minor little bit of colour, generating it charmingly imperfect.