Hollis farmhouse scheduled to be featured on new HGTV series this weekend

HOLLIS – Here’s some news that people in Hollis have been wondering about for years. 

It became town knowledge a few years ago that the “New Kids On The Block” boy band star, Jonathan Knight, was renovating the house at 84 Depot Road.  Jonathan brought in local builder Tom Cook of Cook Custom Homes to do the work, and film crews were on-site and around Hollis during the renovation.  People in town were wondering if the show would ever appear on TV.  And now we know! 

This Hollis farmhouse will be featured as the premier show of Knight’s new HGTV series, Farmhouse Fixer.  Showtime is Wednesday, March 3 at 9 p.m. with reruns on March 4 at midnight, March 6 at noon, and March 26 at 9 a.m.

The press release from HGTV offers more information about the series:

“Singer Jonathan Knight may be best known as a member of the Grammy®-nominated band New Kids on the Block, but in the new HGTV series Farmhouse Fixer, he’ll share his renovation know-how by meticulously restoring centuries-old New England farmhouses that deserve a second chance. Premiering Wednesday, March 3, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the six-episode series will feature Jonathan, who has renovated more than 200 houses, as step by step he carefully preserves the original craftsmanship and historic charm of classic homes while he also modernizes layouts, updates interiors, and gives his clients endless reasons to cheer.

“Restoring the American farmhouse is not just a hobby for me–it’s my passion, my obsession and I’ve been doing it for more than 25 years,” said Jonathan. “It’s so easy to just go knock down an old house. It’s way harder to renovate them so that families can enjoy them for years to come. That’s the reason this work is so worth it.”

To start the season, Jonathan will give new life to a 1700s New Hampshire farmhouse with help from his designer and friend, Kristina Crestin. To stabilize the property, Jonathan must remove a sinking addition on the home but, on the plus side, he will convert a backyard tool shed into a stunning potting bench and chicken coop. In future episodes, he will complete custom renovations for additional old homes, including creating an enviable chef’s kitchen and a built-in seating area for a large dining room. During the season, outdoor projects will include everything from a goat enclosure to raised garden beds.

“I love a good old farmhouse,” said Jonathan. “To me, being on a farm is a way of life. It’s the real deal. Old farmhouses are disappearing off the landscape, but these are American treasures that should be saved.”

Fans are invited to stay connected with Farmhouse Fixer on HGTV’s digital platforms. Exclusive photo galleries and behind-the-scenes content will be available at HGTV.com, and each episode will launch the same day and time on HGTV GO beginning Wednesday, March 3, at 9 p.m. Fans also can follow @HGTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #FarmhouseFixer for additional show content and updates, as well as follow Jonathan at @jonathanrknight and Kristina at @kristinacrestindesign on Instagram.

According to an online listing, the farmhouse was built in 1799 and was a working dairy farm for generations.   Over time the house and barns fell into disrepair, but the potential remained for a beautiful homestead, with the barn holding “beautiful, reclaimed barn boards and beams that could be used in rebuilding.”  A 40 x 60 shop/garage was a more recent addition to the property.  The 2+ acre property is approved for a two family.   

Records show the property was sold by Cook & Cook Real Estate Group for $250,000 in May 2018.