David and Ana Maria Seifarth knew the drill. This was their second time on HGTV’s “House Hunters.”
The Seifarths will relive their house-hunting journey on the small screen on Monday, when the popular show will air its chronicle of the couple’s attempts to replace their tiny downtown Frederick row house with a larger home.
Not sure whether they wanted to stay in downtown Frederick, buy a newer, more modern house or start from scratch, they are filmed looking at three potential houses for their next home, which they did before the cameras last summer.
The Seifarths bought the 1,100-square-foot Frederick row house six years ago, and back then, “House Hunters” followed them as they considered three houses in downtown Frederick. At that time, they were both working as hairstylists for salons in Frederick.
They’ve since opened their own hair salon, DNa Lab Organic Hair Chemistry, in the Turning Point shopping center in Urbana. It worked out that one of the houses that they looked at for their most recent “House Hunters” apppearance was a town house under construction in the Villages of Urbana.
They are also shown looking at a single-family house in Lake Linganore and a larger condominium in downtown Frederick. Although each house had many nice features, the Linganore house and the Frederick house didn’t have quite what the couple were seeking.
The Linganore house had wall-to-wall carpet, but the couple wanted hardwood floors throughout. Replacing the flooring would be an expense on top of the cost of the house. The downtown Frederick location lacked the extra room they coveted.
So here’s the spoiler alert. The couple chose the new town house in Urbana, and moved into the house in late summer. At the end of the episode, the couple are shown living in their new digs.
The four-story house has lots of features HGTV viewers will admire. The ground floor has a two-car garage, storage room for coats and boots, and a small sitting room and office area. There’s almost no yard, but the house is a stone’s throw from Urbana Community Park.
Above the garage is the living space. A long galley kitchen has a gas cooktop and quartz countertops, the countertops that are all the rage among kitchen renovators, according to their Realtor, Drew Mackintosh. The white cabinets are 42 inches high, and the 9-foot ceiling height allows for a little space between the cabinet top and the ceiling.
They chose a vertically designed gas fireplace, placed in an ultra-modern, minimalist setting. A gray concrete wall flanks the fireplace, while a resin ox head above the fireplace is a conversation-starter.
The dining room is large enough for a long farmhouse table made with reclaimed wood. “Our house in Frederick was so small, we had to eat at the counter bar, so we wanted a dining room big enough for a big table,” Ana Maria said.
Above the table is a chandelier that is really a cluster of hanging Edison lights. On the floor are two cowhide rugs, made from cows raised for beef. The rugs are byproducts of the slaughter and come from Ana Maria’s family members in Colombia. Ana Maria stressed that the couple are using sustainable decorations.
Upstairs are two large bedrooms. The guest room, remarkable for its reclaimed wood wall on one side, will be partitioned into a nursery and guest room when the couple’s first child is born in July.
“We didn’t know we were going to go for this house until we saw the layout,” Ana Maria said. They bought the house before it was completed, which gave them options like the vertical fireplace, the taller kitchen cabinets and the wood floors throughout.
On the top floor, which could be a master suite with its large bathroom, they have furnished what they call the loft into a game and music room. Both play musical instruments. Outside is a rooftop deck, and this spring they plan to put in an urban garden. The town house appealed to them because of its lack of yardwork, but they wanted a small area for a vegetable garden.
The rooftop deck also affords them a view of Sugarloaf Mountain, said David. The couple love the mountains of this region. David, 31, is from Leitersburg, near Hagerstown, and Ana Maria, 29, grew up near Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The couple met while students at Shepherd University. The producers filmed the couple in Shepherdstown visiting her parents.
The Seifarths worked with designer Chris Ritchie, of Industrial Home in Frederick, to give their home its urban, minimalist vibe. They also worked with designer Mike Zello to do the design and whitewashed floors in the loft, as well as the fireplace.
The filming experience was a bit stressful for Mackintosh, who had never been featured on television before. “They have expectations of what you say when you walk up to a house,” he said. “The more communication, the better.” At first, he was a bit tongue-tied. “I started figuring it all out.”
The Seifarths first appeared on the show in 2010. When they were looking for their house in Frederick, they used the show’s website to apply, sending in a video describing what they were seeking. Once they were selected, they kept in touch with the show’s production company, Pietown Production Company, throughout the process and after. When the couple decided to move, the producers were happy to return to Frederick for their latest quest.
“They make about 100 episodes a year,” Ana Maria said. “That show is their most popular show. It gives people a glimpse inside how people live.”