Ben and Erin Napier Are Back in a New Season of HGTV's 'Home Town'
Proud Mississippi natives Erin and Ben are back for a third season of 'Home Town' doing what they do best: rehabbing and restoring the old, neglected and historic homes in their tiny hamlet of Laurel -- and bringing loads of love to the process of making their own hometown the best place that it can be.
Call it a mission. Call it a purpose. Call it a love story. We call it Home Town, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store when the undeniably captivating husband-wife duo of Ben and Erin Napier return with a baker’s dozen of all-new episodes. Season 3 of one of HGTV’s most popular renovation and design series is about to get underway and, with it, comes the return of one of our favorite on-screen couples.
Home Town devotees by now know the delightfully engaging yin/yang chemistry that renovation pros Ben and Erin bring to their calling — welcoming Laurel newcomers and long-time residents to newly re-imagined homes that suit their specific needs while staying steadfastly true to the homes’ original character. Ben is the builder and craftsman with in-depth know-how and refined woodworking skills. Erin is the design lead with an artistic eye and imaginative vision that draws on her background in graphic design and knowledge of architectural styles.
Combine all that with genuine caring for their clients, a truly welcoming spirit and a deliberate passion for seeing their quaint and quintessentially Southern town reach its fullest potential, and you’ve got the making of some compelling television grounded in simple human themes.
Old houses are always full of surprises.Ben Napier
"It was a problem in this town, and I know it's a problem in a lot of towns," says Ben in the intro sequence of the new season, "that people don't see the beauty and magic anymore. It's already right there, and they don't see it. We want all these houses to shine."
In each episode, Ben and Erin begin by showing clients a couple of outdated houses that, with some creativity and ingenuity, could receive a high-end look within an achievable budget. Once a selection is made and the renovations begin, Erin works to integrate each family’s story and aesthetic preferences into her designs while Ben guides the construction process and crafts one-of-a-kind custom pieces, often made from reclaimed materials found in the homes. The end product is an individually tailored home that suits a particular family’s needs while creating another visual jewel for the town of Laurel.
We’ll leave the good, old stuff.Erin Napier
The Season Premiere
In the season 3 premiere episode, Ben and Erin help Toy and Cory who are moving to Laurel with their three kids and a substantial (for Laurel) all-in budget of $300,000. The family of five is in search of a large house with lots of room for active kids as well as room for a private master retreat and a great bathroom for the grownups.
The home tour for this adventure includes “The Yeates House”, a roomy 1978 brick home with 5300 square feet but a drab exterior, and “The Herndon House”, a split-level ranch built in 1979 with four bedrooms and a second-floor balcony but a dated look and scruffy landscaping. In each case, Erin has a vision for transforming a diamond-in-the-rough which she shares with the help of her trademark ‘house portraits’, giving an idea of what the finished house could look like after the renovation.
Once the critical selection is made, Erin and Ben get to work on the design, demo and re-imagining of the chosen home. Along the way to the final reveal, some custom touches come into play with Ben handcrafting wooden bed frame and Erin zeroing in on colorful Spanish tile for the remodeled kitchen and contributing one of her hand-thrown pottery bowls as a kitchen accent.
And that’s just a few highlights from the first episode, premiering on HGTV on Tuesday, January 14 at 9p|8c. Tune in to get all the surprises. And keep visiting HGTV.com/HomeTown for more exclusive content, including new before-and-after photo galleries, videos and two all-new digital series that will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes insights with Erin and Ben as well as additional detail on the Home Town projects and designs. More on that coming your way very soon. Stay tuned.