Chip and Joanna Did a New Build Instead of a Renovation on “Fixer Upper” and the Result Was Perfect

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When Chip and Joanna Gaines announced that season 5 of their hit HGTV show “Fixer Upper” would be their last, they promised that they had lots of exciting things in store before they say their farewell– and so far, they’ve more than delivered on that promise.

First, they had our former first lady, Laura Bush, make an appearance, followed by a heart-warming episode with Tim Tebow. Now, after one of their clients couldn’t find a fixer upper that they loved, Chip and Jo took on an entirely new project: a build from scratch.


The homeowners, Nancy and Dale Pahmiyer, moved to Waco to be near their kids and grandkids, and had been living in a small duplex while they house hunted (with no luck). Their one big desire was to find property with an incredible view. “We’ve always liked having views where we lived,” said Dale. “We haven’t always had that but, when we have, we’ve always appreciated it, and it’s something we never grow tired of.”

After having no luck finding renovation options the clients loved, Chip and Joanna found this lot with a swoon-worthy view in the Woodway neighborhood, and the clients loved it. “You know, not everybody is built for the fixer-upper model,” Chip said. “I mean, we love it, and it’s in our blood, but I think that this is a great option if the fixer-upper thing is just not in the cards.”


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The couple purchased the lot for $32,000, leaving about $270,000 for a home build. Of course, Chip and Joanna delivered and created an insanely beautiful space for the couple. Joanna chose to do a cream colored stucco on the exterior with sage green shutters.


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One of the client’s requests was to have plenty of space for their family (including grandkids) to come over and enjoy time together. Chip and Joanna designed a home plan with high ceilings and exposed beams to create a spacious, open area where the family can gather.


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In true Joanna Gaines fashion, the decor was very natural and neutral with gorgeous accents– like french doors and high windows so the couple can enjoy their sought-after view. “Notice the windows,” said Joanna. “We went as high as we could so that you could really enjoy this view.”


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Joanna chose to do a pop of color on the kitchen cabinets– the islands have wood bases with white marble countertops. They also created a custom vent hood for their stove made of carved wood, and did a classic subway tile backsplash.


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Chip and Jo built a playroom for the grandkids with built-in bookshelves and a sweet little reading nook. Oh, and of course, some “skinnylap,” — like shiplap but skinnier. Can you even imagine being a kid and going to your grandparents house and having this space to snuggle up in?


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They kept the master bedroom simple but serene– Joanna chose to use white, neutral linens and pillows along with natural wood to create a peaceful space. They have exposed beams similar to the living room, along with wooden french doors.


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You can see more pictures and details from the renovation here— and while we are beyond bummed that “Fixer Upper” is leaving, Chip and Joanna have so many exciting things ahead, including a fifth baby on the way, and the opening of their new restaurant in Waco, Magnolia Table. Joanna also has a cookbook coming out in April.


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Colleen Matthews
Raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Colleen grew up cheering on the Razorbacks, fishing with her dad, learning about southern hospitality from her mom, and enjoying the best of The Ozarks. When she's not writing, she's likely spoiling her black lab, playing pranks on her husband, chasing around her nieces and nephews, or rearranging her house.

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