Tour Pregnant Joanna Gaines' 'All Time Favorite' Fixer Upper, Designed for Her Sister
BEFORE: BLAND ENTRY
With a new baby on the way, 2018 is off to a great start for the Gaineses — and their extended family! On Tuesday night’s episode of Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna took on their “all time favorite” project, making over a home in Waco, Texas, for Joanna’s younger sister, Mary Kay McCall.
The property started out as a straightforward flip project for the seasoned remodelers. However, once they discovered the McCalls were moving back to their humble hometown after nine years away, Joanna decided to switch gears and transform it for Mary Kay, who is expecting her sixth child with husband David.
AFTER: FRIENDLY FACADE
Chip and Jo originally picked up the property, dubbed the “Safe Gamble House” for $175,000. After putting their magic touch (and $100,000) into the abode, they came out with an family-friendly showstopper worth about $325,000.
BEFORE: UNWELCOMING WALLS
The original kitchen’s awkward layout was not ideal for the McCalls' growing family, and the outdated design wasn't exactly on par with Mary Kay’s retro-inflected taste.
AFTER: CHIC KITCHEN
Modern light fixtures, an glass wall that offers a sightline to the front door and a pop of Mary Kay’s favorite color, teal, ensured the kitchen is now suitable for the family.
BEFORE: LITTLE LIVING SPACE
Several walls cut into the usable space in the home's main living area, prompting the HGTV hosts to get their hands dirty knocking them down on demo day.
AFTER: OPEN LIVING ROOM
The open floor plan now allows for seamless flow between the kitchen, living room and dining area.
BEFORE: DARK AND DREARY HEARTH
The living room’s first fireplace had a solid starting point, but needed a little TLC to complement the McCall’s style.
AFTER: HAPPY HANGOUT
Joanna’s idea to make the surround smaller in favor of larger windows was a hit, transforming the now stucco-covered design element into a light, bright focal point.