Not one of this 1912 Dutch-colonial-style home’s previous owners could have imagined it would be the star of its own sweepstakes and television show. But that’s exactly what happened when HGTV made it the channel’s ninth Urban Oasis.
The project—code name “Windsor,” says Craig Russell, the local muscle behind this ambitious re-do—had to stay top-secret from December until June. The crew kept mum for exactly six months and three days, says HGTV project manager Dan Faires (though neighbors did get suspicious, he notes, when they saw a camera man on the roof).
Even though the place wasn’t in awful shape, after renovations it looks brand new. Of course, part of it is new—local architect Amy East designed a sizable two-story addition off the back with a family room and master suite. But thanks to selective interior wall removal, widened hallways, and lofted ceilings, the “old” part of the home feels new, too, while still retaining its classic charm.
Some of the project’s more striking details come from local sources—colorful custom cabinetry by Hyde Park Lumber and a new Rookwood tile fireplace surround. But we’re also fond of other trendy elements that HGTV design guru Brian Patrick Flynn included, like patterned patchwork tiles in the guest bath, high-gloss lacquered wall-and-ceiling coverings in the front bedroom, and the thoroughly sunny powder room, featuring yellow spotted wallpaper and a yellow-and-white awning-striped ceiling.
The story of the home’s transformation premiered October 3 on HGTV but will run again in November; you can enter HGTV’s Urban Oasis Sweepstakes two times a day through November 21.
Just don’t get your hopes up; last year’s contest had 65 million entries—quite possibly the largest number of bidders any home anywhere has ever seen.
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