Jessa Duggar & husband Ben Seewald’s church home STILL under construction after stars ‘dump their savings’ into remodel

JESSA Duggar and husband Ben Seewald’s church home is STILL under construction after the stars “dumped their savings” into the remodel. 

Jessa, 29, and her husband Ben, 27, are renovating a home owned by Immanuel Baptist Church, where he works as a pastor.


In exclusive photos obtained by The Sun, the home continues to be under construction one year after the remodel started. 

In the photos of the home, which is located directly next to the church in Springdale, Arkansas, there were still construction supplies on the front porch. 

The front porch appeared to be unfinished, as the two wood beams were not painted or stained. 

There was also a construction truck parked outside of the home. 

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In February, The Sun obtained exclusive photos of the modest house with Lowe’s wallpaper on the outside. 

That has now been replaced with yellow siding. 

The house boasts four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Arkansas property records reveal the house is still owned by the church located in Springdale. 

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The home was built in 1950 and the church purchased the abode in 1985. 

Before the renovation, the home was 1,326 square feet and had three bedrooms.




'SO MANY DELAYS'

Jessa has shared her home remodeling journey with a series of videos, as she prepares to move into a new house with her husband and their four children. 

In a video uploaded earlier this week, she showed off her new wood floors and cabinets, which she stained a “light and bright” color. 

Jessa also revealed the issues and delays she has faced during the renovations. 

She explained in the video that they had “an issue with water not draining properly" on the property.

The mom of four added: “We’re in May right now. We started this project in June of last year. Here we are a year later. We should be wrapping up at the year mark. 

“It’s definitely been slow. Sometimes things take a little longer. There are so many delays getting things in. It took forever to get the cabinets in, to get the flooring done. We’re in the place where we're in the final phase.”

She said the home is “weeks away” from being complete. 

'GUT JOB'

In Jessa’s previous YouTube video, she showed off the home before renovations.

She revealed they are adding a fourth bedroom to be the master suite.

This will make the abode 2,000 square feet, which is double the amount of room they have in their current home. 

Jessa revealed their plans to open the walls separating the living room from the kitchen and dining room to make an open-floor plan. 

She explained the bathroom and kitchen will be a “gut job,” as the hardwood floors in the other rooms are in “good condition” and will be stained. 

She also showed footage of her brother Jason, who is leading the project, and his team on demo day. 

The ex-reality star revealed: “We are dumping a decent amount of our savings into this, but we feel like it’ll suit our need for years to come so for that it’s worth it.”

DESIGN TIME!

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 went with a light wood for the cabinets and a marble design for the countertops. 

Jessa also showed off her fireplace, which she explained will have a “clean” design and not be too “overly complicated.”

She then showed off a home app to give fans an idea of how the finished product will look.

The kitchen will also have an island with seating that opens to the dining room and living room. 

CURRENT HOME

Jessa and Ben are living in their current Arkansas house, as they wait for renovations to finish.

They are upgrading their Arkansas home before likely putting it on the market. 

The Sun previously reported Jessa and Ben filed an easement on December 27 in the amount of $1 to allow the City of Fayetteville to cross over onto their property for the purpose of “construction, maintenance, repair and/or replacement, enlargement and operations of general utilities including water, and/or sanitary sewer pipe lines or lines, manholes” and more. 

Jessa and Ben are allowed to “fully use and enjoy the premises” while the construction is taking place. 

The couple bought the home from her late grandma Mary Duggar for $100,000 in June 2017. 

The Sun previously posted photos of the abode that is right off the Interstate 49 Highway. 

There is also a busy intersection outside of the house that is located on the corner of the block. 

While there is a fenced backyard, there is no fence in the front yard, where Jessa often posts photo and videos of the children playing.  

A source told The Sun: “Ben and Jessa usually park their car in the driveway right next to the front door and have the kids enter the home that way.”

LIFE AFTER TLC

Jessa and Ben are parents to sons Spurgeon, six, Henry, four, and daughters Ivy, two, and Fern, who was born in July. 

The move comes as the family’s TLC reality show, Counting On, was canceled in May 2021 after her brother Josh’s arrest for child pornography in April. 

The Sun previously reported the family is expected to “lose $850,000 a year” after the show’s cancellation.

Jessa revealed in court papers obtained by The Sun that she receives income from Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, as she brought in $30,000 for the year of 2020.

TROUBLED BROTHER

Jessa's oldest brother Josh, 34, was found guilty of possessing and receiving child pornography on December 9.

Arkansas Judge Brooks sentenced Josh to 151 months in prison on May 25. 

According to The Sun's court reporter, Josh appeared stoic as he received his sentence, which also includes $50,100 in fines.

As he read his decision, the judge called Josh's crimes "the sickest of the sick" to the packed courtroom.

He then said to Josh: "You have done some very bad things. But in your life as a whole, you've done 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 that he's innocent, the judge continued: "I find it aggravating about the lack of responsibility."

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Josh remains at Washington County Jail in Arkansas. 

He will either be transferred to FCI Seagoville or FCI Texarkana in Texas depending on availability. 




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