'Home Town' House Renovated in Series First Season Is Up for Sale

Revisit the suburban split-level ranch — now available for purchase that Erin and Ben Napier transformed into an upscale neighborhood show place in one of their earliest Home Town projects.

October 21, 2020

The Trest House renovated by Ben and Erin Napier in Home Town, season 1

The Trest House renovated by Ben and Erin Napier in Home Town, season 1

In the realms of HGTV fandom, there are fans — and then there are fans. Of note, the legion of aficionados of Home Town, and its stars Ben and Erin Napier, are some of the most passionate and dedicated ones out there. (You know who you are.)

And if you consider yourself in that supreme superfan category — as in you entertain notions of up and moving to Home Town's bucolic small-town setting of Laurel, Mississippi here's a news item that you may find of interest. Yet another house featured in the hit HGTV series, and lovingly restored by Erin and Ben, has gone on the market.

Think of it. If you were to play your cards right (and if you hurry), an authentic custom-renovated Napier home could be yours.

Remember the Trest house from Home Town's very first season? Here's a quick refresher.

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Loft Living to a Home Town Home

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Dawn and Michael Trest are friends of Erin and Ben and, at the time of the renovation, the couples had known each other for about six years. Dawn and Michael and their two kids had been living the loft life in downtown Laurel — which they enjoyed, but they were ready for something different — specifically a family friendly home with a yard. Ben and Erin set about helping them make that dream a reality. It was all documented in the season one episode appropriately titled "So Long Loft, Hello Home."

Fast-forward to 2020 and the Trest family has grown — and outgrown what had once seemed their ideal forever home. They've decided to put the renovated home on the market for $210,000 as Erin related in an online post.

The house was built in 1968 and had belonged to a local chef and restaurateur. It had the features the Trests were looking for including a classic neighborhood setting, four bedrooms, two baths and a nice enclosed backyard. Essentially a split-level ranch, it was encumbered by a visually awkward carport and a problematic layout inside.




Contemporary Green Kitchen with Black Stone Countertops

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Contemporary Green Kitchen with Black Stone Countertops

Highlights in the new kitchen include new stained wood lower cabinets, lots of storage, black stone countertops and modern stainless appliances including a pro-grade gas stove.

Erin and Ben made substantial renovations, removing walls and reworking interior spaces. A closed-off kitchen gets opened onto adjacent dining and living spaces and is transformed into a highly functional new combined space that’s both chef-worthy and inviting.




Contemporary Green Living Room with White French Doors

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Contemporary Green Living Room with White French Doors

The old window-unit air conditioner has been eliminated and new French doors added.

The home’s exterior transformation included the creation of a stylish new patio area with outdoor seating and some custom wood features — a la Ben Napier.




Contemporary Gray Patio with Wood Benches

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Contemporary Gray Patio with Wood Benches

The old carport was demolished and in its place Home Town hosts Erin and Ben Napier created this patio with arbor and seating area. The new wood elements were custom created by Ben using cedar lumber that was salvaged from the old siding and interior demolition.

Take the full photo tour of the transformation in the online gallery, "From Loft Living to a Home Town Home" — and read more about the renovation in the original HGTV.com blog post. You can also read more about the Trests in this season-one homeowner profile.

Home Town's fifth season is slated to premiere on HGTV in January 2021. And a new spinoff series, Home Town Takeover is also on deck in the coming year. Keep checking back at HGTV's 'Home Town Central' for news and updates.

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