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Episode 05 - The Graham House

January 11, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Graham’s house had not been updated since the time it was built. It was just a small two bedroom house with one bathroom and a closed-off floorplan. Their personal design style is Traditional, which of course we were more than happy to tackle. This project was very special because it was brought to us by Robert Griffin III’s Family of 3 Foundation. Family of 3 is a non profit foundation that benefits struggling military families. Their generous giving and support helped make this project a possibility for this special family. Along with Robert’s foundation, the community of Waco also rallied around this project and helped by donating labor and materials to get us to the finish line. 


Objective: Create an open floor plan where the kitchen, dining and living are in the same main space so it would be open for the grandchildren.


Objective: Create a comfortable space for the Grahams to relax.


Objective: Create a true master bedroom and bathroom suite.


Objective: Replace the original garage with a functional, full-sized laundry room. Build a carport for parking.


Objective: We wanted to do an overall update and add a porch they could enjoy. We also wanted to put in a backyard garden for growing vegetable and herbs.

interview with


Q. Have you been able to harvest anything from your herb garden yet?

A. Yes, my dad plants greens every year, so we have been enjoying them all winter.

Q. What was it like working with RGIII?

A. Robert is a great guy, and we certainly couldn’t have completed the project without him or the people at the Family of Three foundation. We actually went to a Rangers game with him and my dad threw out the first pitch.

Q. We know that Mr. Graham is an army veteran and many spaces in the home reflect that. Does he have a favorite touch?

A. Yes, he loves the antique flag in the living room. He was in the United States Army for 8 years and then served in the Texas National Guard after that. His time in the military totaled 42 years, so that detail was definitely something special for him.

Thank you Mr. Graham for your dedication and service to our country. Also, we wanted to thank RGIII for letting us be a part of his amazing foundation and to the Waco community for all the support on this project. 

This project was special to us for so many different reasons. We were honored to work with the Grahams and during this entire process they became like family to us. Unfortunately, a few months after this reveal, Mrs. Graham passed away. Our love and prayers go out to the Graham family, and we hope this home continues to be a refuge for their loved ones for many years to come.



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  • Rex Roberts
    8:26 am, February 13, 2018
    Good morning my wife and I are interested in who the designer is that did the leather chairs in the living room of the Graham House? She really likes them and we have been looking for new chairs for a while please send me the contact info of her or the web site where we can find the chairs.

    Thank You,
    Rex and Chris Roberts
  • Judy
    8:08 pm, February 6, 2018
    I just wanted to say this episode is my sentimental favorite...From the moment it begins I just cannot stop the tears; you see my Dad was in the military and I always wanted to do something special for he & my mother who sacrificed so much. Not just for this country but for our family. My Dad has gone on to be with the Lord but this episode reminds how much so many of our brave service men & women have placed their lives on the forefront for this wonderful country & how many are attempting to show that they are not forgotten. Mr. Graham...THANK YOU so very, very much for your service.... & Chip, Joanna & RGIII a thank you as well for all that you do.
  • marietta blueford
    5:35 pm, January 30, 2018
    Love your show. What is the dimensions of the kitchen?
  • Mollie
    1:04 pm, January 23, 2018
    What a special project! Would you please share the name of the paint color used in Master Bath? is it the same green used in kitchen and laundry room? Also, are the leather recliners available?
  • Brittney
    2:34 pm, January 21, 2018
    What is the green paint color used here called?
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