Each year HGTV buys an old house in a different city to renovate and give away. For the HGTV Urban Oasis 2018 sweepstakes they chose this small Dutch Colonial in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dan Faires, who was the build manager for the project, said, “The Dutch Colonial Revival style gave this home so much architectural interest and terrific curb appeal. Great architectural design and a new addition opened this house up, drastically improving the layout and flow of the home, while maintaining the historic charm and original character.”
Take a look at the before and after photos below and see what you think!
The HGTV Urban Oasis 2018 in Cincinnati
According to Zillow, HGTV bought the house in 2017 for $270,000. Here’s how it looks today:
The house was built in 1912.
According to the 2017 listing, it’s on Hyde Park Avenue in the Oakley neighborhood of Cincinnati, “a short walk to Rookwood and Oakley Square.”
HGTV designer Brian Patrick Flynn says they painted the exterior a dark shade of charcoal gray “with pops of aqua and red for a fresh, urban look.”
The house had a lot of its original woodwork, as you can see in the photo below:
But brace yourself — they painted it, of course.
They also changed out the old entry door I loved for a new fiberglass one with Craftsman style:
The front parlor had an awesome old fireplace before, but it was oddly off center on the wall:
HGTV replaced and centered the fireplace (I hope the original one went to a good home!). They also added a window on the other side for balance. The trim was painted a high-gloss navy:
The new mantel was found at a local salvage company. “Previously the fireplace was not functional,” says project manager Dan Faires. “We added this gas fireplace that warms the space and adds ambiance, a nice asset for this parlor.”
The kitchen before:
The new open-concept kitchen features a custom island painted “pine needle green” with a walnut top:
They chose prefinished engineered hardwood floors in “greige,” which they call “a compromise to a super light or dark look.” I know this is the trend, but I wish they’d gone with something more traditional for an old house like this.
The kitchen before:
They opened up the staircase in the remodel:
The living room is part of an addition built on the back of the house that includes a new master bedroom and master bath upstairs. The house originally had about 1,700 square feet, but it’s now a little over 2,000.
The back of the house only had a couple small windows before:
They added an addition with more windows and a couple of French doors that open up the back.
There’s also a new deck with pergola ready for outdoor entertaining:
Photo credits: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography, Tomas Espinoz, Sarah Dorio for HGTV.
Visit the HGTV Urban Oasis website for more photos and information, including a tour of the second floor.