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Episode 01 - The Gorman Story

November 11, 2015

The Gorman Story

This stunning home in Waco, Texas didn’t have such a promising future just a few months ago. The 2,600 square foot house built in 1930 was old, dilapidated, filthy, falling apart, and most of all, uninhabitable. After years of neglect, it became a den for hoarders. The City of Waco resorted to “green tagging” the home, declaring it not safe for occupancy. Upon seeing this house, Charmaine and Chuck were a little scared of the house at first, but trusted Chip and Jo to put their hands to work and restore it.

Charmaine and Chuck wanted to see the home become functional for their family while maintaining the original character and charm. The existing floor plan was awkward and closed off and offered no space for their daughter to play. Joanna and Chip transformed this house into a beautiful home and couldn’t wait to reveal the project on the first episode of HGTV’s Fixer Upper!








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Hand crafted island: Harp Design Co


Living Room



Sitting Room


{All interior photos by Molly Winn Photography}


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  • Susan Summerlot
    7:18 pm, February 9, 2018
    My husband and i just bought a traditional farmhouse in the historic town of Mount Vernon Indiana built in 1940,it has alot of character,the previous owner was handicaped and not able to finish the house mainly upstairs, no plaster or paint on the walls in the hallway and in the room which will eventually be my 10 year olds room ,he has mild autism and would like to make it a room he can be proud of, i would like to paint the entire house however im not sure what colors, the kitchen needs major help, would like to design it with coastal colors since we love the beach and i love mermaids.
  • Sonja Hubbard
    2:32 am, January 7, 2018
    Love they work.. Its amazing how much love they have for the work they provide. You can tell that they take the time to listen to what the clients wants.
  • Fariha bhatti
    12:16 am, December 29, 2017
    Hi Jojo and Chip,
    My name is Fariha, I’m a disabled person living with my mom and dad. Dad is retired and mom was always a house wife. Life has become tough as we are living on SSI. We are looking for a house for ourselves, we don’t have big budget. Owning our own is a big dream. We watch your show with such big enthusiasm. It give us a hope that maybe one day we will be able to own our home one day. Our budget is hundred and fifty thousands to two hundred thousands. We would like to stay on the low side of our budget.
    We need three bedrooms and two and half baths. Open floor plan with nice cozy, warm and homey kitchen.
    Ranch style will be ideal for us., as mom and dad are getting old, so stairs are becoming challenging.
    We like crafman style home. Please help us find a home.
    Really looking forward to hear back from you.
    Happy Holidays and Happy new year.
  • Johanna Smith
    7:11 am, November 4, 2017
    Hi Joanna
    I live in Perth, Australia and would like to buy your Fixer Upper Seasons but I can not seem to find a site that sells them. Can I buy them from you. It is my only favourite show.
    Warm regards
    Johanna Smith
    • Kristy
      11:37 pm, December 5, 2017
      Same here Johanna, Im in Perth too and have been searching high and low for all the seasons to watch !! Fixer upper is my favorite show and if you could pleaseeee help us out to where we could purchase all your Seasons ?? Love you guys xox God Bless
  • Rachelle Fitzgerald
    6:41 pm, October 31, 2017
    Watching your shows on HGTV has been such a blessing to my husband and I. We are always trying to find clean wholesome shows to watch. I too would love to have videos of all your shows if you ever decide to have them put on dvd. I love your down to earth life styles and your gift of being thrifty and getting good ideas from historical things and restoring them back to their original state. We love to go to thrift stores and antique shops instead of retail stores also. We are on a fixed income so we try to find our treasures there. Thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us who enjoy your love of God, your talents and your example of the beauty of marriage and your love of family. While you are not planning to go another season after this one I respect the choices you make to always put God and family first. May God Bless you all and give you many blessings for the sacrifices you make and give to others.
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