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Step Inside Jonathan Knight's 'Farmhouse Fixer: Camp Revamp' Renovation

Jonathan Knight takes on his biggest reno yet: a 12-acre lakefront campground. See the property's stunning transformation.

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The Expert: Jonathan Knight

Popstar and Farmhouse Fixer host Jonathan Knight is passionate about renovating run-down properties, but this Farmhouse Fixer: Camp Revamp project looks a bit different than his usual. With $1 million of his own money, Jon bought 12 acres of lakefront property — a campground boasting stunning natural views and 11 rundown cabins. His plan: Create a nostalgic and relaxing New England destination. The catch: He only has six months to renovate the entire property, which is crawling with black mold, mice infestations, termites, water damage and nearly nonexistent foundations. In fact, when Jon first showed his family the old cabins on the property, one of their first questions was, "Is it too late to back out?" One thing is clear; Jon has taken on his riskiest project yet. Ahead, HGTV takes you inside the dramatic renovation.

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The First Cabin's Exterior, Before

Jon often rates his projects on a scale of 1-10 (one is best, 10 is worst). He gave this two-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin a seven out of 10. While it appears to be in fine condition, Jon discovered the foundation was rotting and unstable (i.e. mold-filled and built on rocks and boulders). And, "It's like a mouse condominium in here!" he said after uncovering a seemingly never-ending amount of mice nests. After walking around the premises and heading in, Jon decided his best plan of attack was to tear the cabin down to the studs and "start from scratch." Probably a good call, Jon.

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The First Cabin's Exterior, After

Jon went into this reno with an open mind. "I haven't decided exactly what I want this cabin to look like yet," he said. But he knew one thing for sure: "I want [all the cabins] to be high-end and beautiful." This single story lodge quickly put his allotted $100,000 budget to the test. Within the first month of renovation, he doled out $60,000 to remove overgrown trees from the surrounding yard and another $10,000 to stabilize the mold and fix the foundation. "The little things keep adding up," Jon said. Because of this, he kept the outside of the first cabin rustic and simple. The wooden siding now boasts deep red-purpose paint and is juxtaposed with a clean white door. Jon's earthy and fun palette complements his camp sentiment nicely.

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Multifunctional Space

With limited square footage, Jon had to get creative when it came to the inside of the cabin. First, he built a loft upstairs. On the main level, he opened up the kitchen and living room to create a multifunctional sitting space for guests. Space-saving furnishings — sliding doors (from the original main house), a built-in bench and strategically placed tables — make the interior feel airy despite its cozy size. The fireplace is the focal point of this design thanks to the clean, white backsplash on the wall behind it. Jon chose an earthy color palette made up of various wood tones, tree-patterned gray wallpaper and dusty-blush ceiling panels. Each carefully chosen accent comes together for a homey yet fresh feel.

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