Episode 02 - Mountain House December 4, 2017 Bryce and Emily have been in Waco for years and plan to stay for a long time, but with three little girls at home, they knew it was time for more space. They fell in love with this two-story house in the Waco suburb of Woodway, Texas. It was stuck in the 80s, but it checked off all their must-haves to become their forever home. With some cosmetic updates and layout adjustments, I knew it would be perfect for this family of five. DESIGN ELEMENTS the inspiration elements I used to interpret the style of the house on a hill The family loved the look and feel of a clean and modern traditional style with elements of interest throughout the space. To hone in on this style, I drew inspiration from soft textures, unexpected shapes, and clean accents. EXTERIOR Objective | Give the exterior a fresh update to match its renovated interior We installed a copper roof and trimmed out the bay window to add a little something unexpected to this otherwise traditional exterior. The exterior of the home incorporated two different materials—brick and siding. I wanted to add one extra material to add even more texture and detail, so we added wood shingles to the dormers. To unify the look, we painted both all the materials the same cool gray color. We decided to keep the bay window area the same soft white as the new support posts and trim in order to draw the eye straight to the copper roof detail. New windows and fresh landscaping seem like small details in the grand scheme of a reno, but these details can completely alter the look and feel of an home’s curb appeal. LIVING ROOM Objective | Create a space that is functional for hosting and spending time with family The windows flood this room with natural light. The whole space felt so open and inviting, making it perfect for gathering as a family. This fireplace is one of my favorite features of the Sandvalls’ home. The crisp, clean lines of the monochromatic texture combined with the coffered ceiling creates a traditional look that I love. This marble hearth also incorporates a modern detail that makes the space feel very polished. The fireplace was originally flanked by two built-in bookcases, but since they were fairly outdated, we replaced them with windows and benches for reading or drinking morning coffee. This brought in even more light and made the room feel bigger and more open. Plus, these benches were a great place to sneak in some extra storage space for this family of five. The living room flows straight into the dining room, but I still liked the idea of them feeling like two separate areas. To more clearly define these spaces, I incorporated these sidelights on either side of the entry. This original coffered ceiling just needed a fresh coat of paint and it was as good as new. I love the dimension and texture this technique brings to this space. DINING ROOM Objective | Carve out a new space for the dining room that flows better with the layout of the home We moved the location of this space to create a more natural transition from the kitchen to the dining room. The light fixture in the dining room ties in the traditional style the Sandvalls were going for, and the french doors make the space feel open and bright—just like the living room. BREAKFAST NOOK Objective | Create a little multifunctional breakfast space for the family We added the same sidelights as we did in the dining room to the entrance of the breakfast nook for the exact same reason—to better define this space. To add a little warmth to the entryway, I incorporated these antique doors that lead into their pantry that I found at an antiques fair. Clint built a table for this space that perfectly fit in the nook, making it a fun place for the family’s little girls to hang out or do their homework. The fact that there’s so much space in here for storage and displaying books and heirlooms is a bonus. KITCHEN Objective | Open up the layout to the kitchen to better entertain The original kitchen layout was slightly closed off from the rest of the home, which made it feel dark and smaller than it actually was. We opened it up to make a wide galley-style layout with an antique island in the middle for added prep space. We decided to use a twist on the classic white subway tile in the kitchen with this beautiful ceramic tile. Its shape is a nod to the traditional style of the home, but what I love most is the way its finish reflects the natural light coming into the room. I broke up the traditional cabinetry with two rows of open shelving over the sink. The wood tone adds warmth to all of the white and is the perfect place to add a few kitchen items that are too pretty to hide inside cupboards. I like to style them with ceramic pitchers, cake stands, or even an herb plant or two. LAUNDRY Objective | Create a mudroom that’s highly functional for a family of five The original entry from the garage to the home was a bit awkward, so we rearranged it to be functional as a laundry space and a mudroom. I love when I get the opportunity to transform laundry rooms into a happy place, because the prettier the laundry room, the more exciting doing the laundry is—right? Having a place where the kids can store their backpacks, coats, and even the shoes that they wear often can completely change a morning routine for the better by keeping everything in one place. Running around in circles looking for their stuff for five minutes before leaving the house is stressful for everyone—but especially mom and dad. This home brought me back to intentional simplicity. I loved the airiness of it and I can just imagine those three girls growing up and making memories in this home. Thinking about the life that will happen within these walls is the part of design that excites me the most, and getting to work with wonderful families like the Sandvalls is what makes my job so fun. Welcome home, Sandvalls! Interview With Homeowner Q: What is your favorite room in the house, and why? A: My favorite room in the house is the laundry room! I love the herringbone floors and lockers for all the girls' backpacks and shoes. Joanna designed it to keep us organized and functioning. Since we are a family of five, we spend a LOT of time in this room, doing laundry or packing bags for school, so we are thrilled to do everyday in a beautiful space! My husband, Bryce’s, favorite room is the kitchen! The island is a beautiful statement piece and provides an incredible gathering space for our family. Reimagining the dining room, kitchen, and breakfast nook was absolutely the right call. The kitchen is definitely the center of our home. Q: Why did you apply to Fixer Upper? A: We applied for Fixer Upper on a whim! Since we’ve lived in Waco for the last 9 years (and four years for college before that), we have been casual observers and cheerleaders of Magnolia’s growth. When our family needed more space, we thought “wouldn’t it would be cool if…” and here we are today! Q: What was your favorite thing about the renovation process? A: Our favorite day was DESIGN DAY! Bryce and I loved seeing what Joanna was dreaming up for our home. It was amazing to see it in person (well…on a computer screen) and to talk about what we liked and didn’t like about the design. We left that conversation feeling like Joanna understood us and cared deeply about creating intentional spaces that worked best for our family. We were very excited leaving the farm that day and could not WAIT for reveal day!