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Erin Napier Explains Controversial HOME TOWN Design Choice

Photo from Erin Napier’s Instagram

Erin Napier Explains Controversial HOME TOWN Design Choice

By Movieguide® Contributor

Erin Napier is explaining a controversial design choice made on a recent episode of HOME TOWN. 

In the episode, Erin and husband Ben Napier did something completely new for HOME TOWN—they tore down the couple’s original house and built a new one. However, a small detail about the rebuilt house left some viewers disappointed. 

“Cute home but bummed that the choice was to change the drawing from the arch at the front entry to the awning,” one fan tweeted, referring to a green and white striped awning over the house’s front door instead of the originally proposed wooden arch. 

Another wrote that the awning was “so bad.”

Erin took to Instagram to explain the design decision to fans, revealing that they were “on a $150k budget,” which limited what they could do.

“I know y’all were upset I asked for the striped awning vs. the arched porch: it was edited such that you didn’t hear the part where we learned the cost to do that (about $3500) would have made it too expensive to have any woodwork and larger trim inside,” she wrote. “The juice wasn’t worth that squeeze for us—millwork is the difference between new construction and historic homes when you’re talking interiors, and with LVT floors we needed every last bit of character inside.”

Erin added that she loves “the charming awning,” and the home’s owners liked it, too. 

Dara Stockstill, one of the homeowners, commented on Erin’s post, writing, “We love it more than anything and feel so incredibly blessed to call it our home 💛 can’t say thank you enough.”

Movieguide® previously reported on HOME TOWN’s seventh season:

HGTV stars Erin and Ben Napier love their new HOME TOWN Season 7 episodes. They told USA Today why—because they renovated the Old President’s House at their alma mater, where they first met.

“’These are some of our best episodes ever,’ Erin, 38, says excitedly, beside her husband and renovation partner Ben, 40. For their 100th episode, airing Feb. 4, the couple lent their design expertise to what Erin calls their biggest renovation to date, a 5,000-square-foot downtown loft,” USA Today reported.

“But our favorite episode is…our origin story, our love story, where we met,” Erin continued. “And that’s super-special, and there’s a surprise at the end of the episode that’s overwhelming. We’re not having a baby. That is not the surprise.”

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Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

You can make a difference with as little as $7. It takes only a moment. If you can, consider supporting our ministry with a monthly gift. Thank you.

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