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VOL. 45 | NO. 17 | Friday, April 23, 2021

‘Ugliest House’ gets massive makeover

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A Knoxville home built in 1945 has been named The Ugliest House Of The Year 2020 by HomeVestors, winning a national contest.

The 2,146 square-foot house was purchased and made over by Gururas (Jean) Khalsa and her husband, Siri, who independently own and operate a franchise of the original “We Buy Ugly Houses” company.

When Khalsa purchased the 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home, it had a condemnation order against it and was scheduled to be demolished. Crammed full of junk with piles as tall as an adult, the house had been vacant for years. The entire roof over the den had collapsed, resulting in the floor being badly damaged by rain and the elements. It was home to wildlife, had been vandalized numerous times, and was so overgrown it could barely be seen from the road.

Khalsa’s team replaced all plumbing, HVAC and ductwork and rewired the entire house. In addition to restoring and replacing walls, ceilings and doors, they refinished the existing hardwood floors and laid new ceramic tile, while also restoring some of the existing floors. In the kitchen, Khalsa replaced cabinets, countertops and appliances. The bathrooms were updated with new vanities, toilets, a bathtub in one and a restored bathtub in the master. Outside, the overgrown brush and a dilapidated side deck were removed and a new concrete driveway and steps were installed. With new siding, windows, and landscaping, among several other improvements, the house is now unrecognizable.

“I love taking the homes we buy and bringing them new life, and this is one of the best examples of that labor of love,” Khalsa says. “Before joining HomeVestors, I was an architect, and I pride myself on good design. It’s so rewarding to see what I imagine in my mind’s eye be actualized, and to then see the new owners or tenants have pride in having a beautiful home.”

Khalsa, a lifelong dancer, is a core member and choreographer with Momentum Dance Lab, a Knoxville modern dance company.

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