Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas’ Rock the Block house is for sale
Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas brought unparalleled creativity to Season 3 of “Rock the Block.” The remodeling contest pits teams of HGTV stars against each other to remodel a single-family home and infuse their design style into the property, while adding the most resale value. Bynum and Thomas, who are partners in life and co-hosts of their own show, “Bargain Block,” pulled out all the stops to build one of the most artistic homes we’ve ever seen.
And the price to own this unique property? A nice $1.25 million. We recently learned that the five-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home designed by Bynum and Thomas is up for sale, so buyers looking for a one-of-a-kind pad should swoop in.
This house is a “work of art, the most unique this season”, says the listing agent, Jason Harper with HQ Immobilier.
More than 200 people came to visit the house, and Harper continues to have appointments.
Bynum and Thomas’ creative designs won the respect of the judges and their fellow contestants, but the team never won a weekly design challenge. In a show where the name of the game adds resale value, many judges felt the house was too personalized and would only appeal to a specific type of buyer.
So the question remains: will the team’s bespoke designs help or hinder the sale of this home?
“That aesthetic feels very southwestern to me, something that would go well in Arizona or New Mexico or California, rather than South Carolina,” says Khari Washingtona realtor with 1st United Realty in Riverside, CA.
Unusual design elements such as massive chandeliers “are very specific and need to be toned down,” she adds.
But there are also plenty of charming details, like the firewood storage areas, dark kitchen cabinets, and exposed beams.
“Upscale interior doors and mirrors are also attractive and can help the home sell,” Washington says.
“Funky looks are more than just fun – they’re trendy,” says Cedric Stewart, a real estate agent with Keller Williams in Washington, DC. “From what I’ve heard from homebuyers recently, times and tastes have changed, and the same old granite countertops and stainless steel appliances aren’t going to excite everyone anymore.”
He says offering just a few unique design elements can differentiate the home and even increase the bottom line.
One of the most memorable features of the house is the sculptural artwork in the master bedroom. Faced with a design challenge to incorporate a coastal-themed material into the bedroom, Bynum and Thomas chose ship sails. Bynum used 6 inch sail strips and a staple gun to realize his vision of Van Gogh‘s “Starry Night” – “but in cloth.”
The master bathroom is a symphony of luxury with a freestanding tub, dual toilets, dual sinks, and an open circular shower with dual showerheads. The shower is a sight that literally floored the other contestants when they saw it.
The second floor loft has a fabulous statement wall, along with three more bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The third floor includes a sauna and a bonus space that can be a massage room, yoga studio or home office.
Earth tones and soft hues envelop the rooms, including the nursery with its hand-painted mural of a mountain.
Above the garage, there’s even more room to spread out in the 365 square foot guest unit which features one bedroom, a full bathroom and a small kitchen.
The backyard is an entertainer’s delight with the outdoor kitchen, spacious porch, pergola-topped patio, and fire pit with seating. The garden comes with two raised beds for plants.
“What this team has done is impressive and I hope it will be appreciated in the Carolinas,” Stewart said.
Such a house – with Bynum and Evans’ signature design – in his corner of the country would receive dozens of offers, he adds. “This flavor is hard to find in the DC area right now.”