Sneak Peek of the HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 Home

HGTV Magazine got an inside look at the bungalow that could be yours.
By: Kathleen Renda

Photo By: David A. Land (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Photo By: David A. Land (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Photo By: David A. Land (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Photo By: David A. Land (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Photo By: David A. Land (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Photo By: David A. Land (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

After the Amazing Reno

While HGTV Urban Oasis usually makes over apartments in city high-rises, for its sixth season it headed to Asheville, NC, to tackle a dated 1920s bungalow. Remodeling a single-family home might have been a first for the show but not for Income Property’s Scott McGillivray, who teamed with designer Brian Patrick Flynn to transform the eyesore into a cabin-inspired retreat.

Before: Almost Unrecognizable

In just three months they gutted and rehabbed nearly every inch of the space, adding a bathroom, repositioning walls, and vaulting the ceilings. Now looming larger than its approximately 1,300 square feet, the home reflects the town’s artsy, laid-back vibe. “Like Asheville, this place is a perfect mash-up of the mountains and the city,” says Scott. “The new owner is going to instantly fall in love with it.”  To enter for a chance to win this year’s house, go to from August 6 to September 24. And tune into HGTV on August 10 at 11 p.m. ET to seethe full reno.

Living Room

Scott tore down a wall to the adjacent dining area and enlarged the front window to make the once cramped living room feel spacious. Framing the fireplace with Italian porcelain tiles from Isla in a faux–wood grain pattern transformed it into a focal point. Furniture from, including low-slung armchairs, don’t overwhelm the 14-foot-by-14-foot room. Window shades were sewn from a Kelly Wearstler linen with a large-scale print.   


The upcycled 6-foot-long white oak island, the scene-stealer in the open-plan kitchen, was built using flooring torn out during the reno. To construct the top, Scott cut, sanded, planed, veneered, laminated, and sealed the boards. “It was labor-intensive, but it preserved the house’s history,” he says. Utilitarian white subway tiles that stretch to the ceiling contrast with the black quartz counters and the black cabinets. The distressed steel pendants and the swivel stools are from


Thanks to a bump-out addition and square footage annexed from a bedroom, the space more than doubled in size. A wall of dark blue tiles pops against the floating vanity, which has dual sinks and faucets from Kohler. White hexagonal marble floor tiles add a luxe touch.

Guest Bedroom

Painted eggplant purple, rough-hewn tongue-and-groove boards on the walls cozy up the guest bedroom. For an old-meets-new mix, an antique oak side table turned nightstand was paired with an metal bed in a blackened bronze finish.