Jessa Duggar and husband Ben Seewald’s church home STILL under construction after stars ‘drained their savings’ on renovation
JESSA Duggar and her husband Ben Seewald’s church home is STILL under construction after the stars ’emptied their life savings’ into renovations.
Jessa, 29, and her husband Ben, 27, are renovating a house belonging to Immanuel Baptist Church, where he works as a pastor.
In exclusive photos obtained by The Sun, the house is still under construction a year after renovations began.
In photos of the house, which is located right next to the church in Springdale, Arkansas, there were still building materials on the porch.
The porch looked unfinished, as the two wooden beams weren’t painted or stained.
There was also a construction truck parked outside the house.
In February, The Sun obtained exclusive photos of the modest home with Lowe’s wallpaper on the outside.
This has now been replaced with a yellow coating.
The house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Arkansas property records reveal that the house is still owned by the church located in Springdale.
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The house was built in 1950 and the church bought the house in 1985.
Prior to the renovation, the home was 1,326 square feet and had three bedrooms.
“SO MANY DELAYS”
Jessa shared her home renovation journey with a series of videos, as she prepares to move into a new home with her husband and their four children.
In a video uploaded earlier this week, she showed off her new wooden floors and cabinets, which she stained a “light and bright” color.
Jessa also revealed the issues and delays she faced during the renovations.
She explained in the video that they had “an issue with water not draining properly” on the property.
The mum-of-four added: ‘It’s May right now. We started this project in June last year. Here we are a year later. We should conclude at the end of the year.
“It was really slow. Sometimes things take a little longer. There are so many delays in getting things in. It took forever to install the cabinets, to do the flooring. We are where we are in the endgame.
She said the house is “weeks” away from being finished.
In Jessa’s previous YouTube video, she showed off the house before the renovations.
She revealed that they were adding a fourth bedroom to become the master suite.
This will make the abode 2,000 square feet, which is double the space they have in their current home.
Jessa has revealed plans to open up the walls separating the living room from the kitchen and dining room to create an open plan layout.
She explained that the bathroom and kitchen will be “groundwork” as the hardwood floors in other rooms are in “good condition” and will be stained.
She also showed footage of her brother Jason, who leads the project, and his team on demo day.
The ex-reality star revealed, “We’re pouring a decent amount of our savings into this, but we think it will meet our needs for years to come, so it’s well worth it.”
In another video, Jessa showed off a lighter color to stain the hardwood floors and gray tile for the bathrooms and laundry room.
For the kitchen, she opted for a light wood for the cabinets and a marble design for the counters.
Jessa also showed off her fireplace, which she explained will have a “clean” design and won’t be too “complicated.”
She then showed off a home app to give fans an idea of what the finished product would look like.
The kitchen will also have an island with seating that will open up to the dining area and living room.
Jessa and Ben are living in their current home in Arkansas, awaiting renovations.
They are upgrading their Arkansas home before likely putting it on the market.
The Sun previously reported that Jessa and Ben filed an easement Dec. 27 in the amount of $1 to allow the city of Fayetteville to pass through their property for “construction, maintenance, repair and/or replacement, expansion and general operations”. utilities, including water and/or sanitary sewer lines or conduits, manholes” and more.
Jessa and Ben are permitted “full use and enjoyment of the premises” during construction.
The couple bought the home from her late grandmother Mary Duggar for $100,000 in June 2017.
The Sun previously published photos of the mansion which sits just off Interstate 49.
There is also a busy intersection outside the house which is on the corner of the block.
Although there is a fenced back yard, there is no fence in the front yard, where Jessa often posts pictures and videos of the children playing.
A source told The Sun: “Ben and Jessa usually park their car in the driveway right by the front door and get the kids into the house that way.”
LIFE AFTER TLC
Jessa and Ben are parents to sons Spurgeon, six, Henry, four, and daughters Ivy, two, and Fern, born in July.
The move comes as the family’s TLC reality show, Counting On, was canceled in May 2021 after her brother Josh was arrested for child pornography in April.
The Sun previously reported that the family stands to “lose $850,000 a year” after the show was canceled.
Jessa revealed in court documents obtained by The Sun that she received income from Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, as she made $30,000 for the year 2020.
Jessa’s older brother, Josh, 34, was convicted of possessing and receiving child pornography on December 9.
Judge Brooks of Arkansas sentenced Josh to 151 months in prison on May 25.
According to The Sun’s court reporter, Josh appeared stoic when he received his sentence, which also includes a $50,100 fine.
Reading his decision, the judge called Josh’s crimes “the sickest of all” in the crowded courtroom.
He then told Josh, “You’ve done some very bad things. But in your life as a whole, you’ve done some good things… The true test of a man’s character is what a man does when no one is watching.”
Referring to Josh’s insistence on his innocence, the judge continued: “I find the lack of accountability aggravating.”
Josh remains at the Washington County Jail in Arkansas.
He will either transfer to FCI Seagoville or FCI Texarkana in Texas depending on availability.
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