'Home Town': Ben and Erin renovate house for 'The Rookie' star Richard T Jones after tornado ravages his home
The reveal had Richard's wife ecstatic. As she let out childish screams while touring the house, Richard said he could actually imagine living there
HGTV's 'Home Town' has returned for a fourth season and it has to be one of the most dramatic opening episodes yet.
For those who have come in late, 'Home Town' follows renovation experts Ben and Eric Napiers in their journey to revitalizing homes that have fallen in disrepair, and in the process helping them be part of a modern, functional community.
In today's episode, the couple is shown to have redone an old home for actor Richard T Jones and his wife Nancy in Laurel.
Unfortunately, the time and energy they put into transforming the property went to waste after a tornado hit the town, flattening houses and uprooting trees. However, they did promise Richard and Nancy that they'd be working on making good the loss.
What's special about this house?
The Martin House is a century-old property. In recent years, it has been used by the younger generations of its primary owner — Minnie and AL Martin.
It boasted of three bedrooms, two baths and was listed for only $15,000. However, it was in dire need of a facelift. But Ben has been positive about its features.
"It's Craftsman style and the brick column work, and the fact that they've never been painted, is really cool and a nice feature," he said.
Erin, on the other hand, was more focussed in opening up the spaces. She wanted the screened-in porch and the untamed garden to be removed so that the house can be viewed in full glory right from the streets.
Later, her team worked through the overgrown shrubs giving it a fresh, new look and scope for the area to be used for better landscaping options. She threw warm colors on the front — a mix of yellow for the exterior walls and burnt orange for the door - and that changed everything.
As the couple worked their way through renovation, it was very evident that they'd turn a lifeless property into a home with their expertise. And they did.
The season kicked off with one of the best renovation stories. The reveal had Richard's wife ecstatic. As she let out childish screams while touring the house, Richard said he could actually imagine living there.
All-new episodes of 'Home Town' airs on HGTV every Monday.