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. KITCHEN + DINING 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. To help define the kitchen area, we added this large island and painted it a pretty soft green color. For the first time we did a buffalo plaid mosaic backsplash behind the stove. This really is the focal point of the kitchen. For the rest of the kitchen we did beveled white subway tile and white cabinetry to keep the focus on the mosaic. LIVING Objective: Create a comfortable space for the Grahams to relax. To stick to the traditional style, we went with a creamy white color paint throughout the entire main living space. To honor Mr. Graham’s Army background we had our good friend Jimmy Don make this metal sign of the Army’s official song. We also used the home’s original hardwood floors to install as a feature wall for their entry. MASTER SUITE Objective: Create a true master bedroom and bathroom suite. This home didn’t have an official master, so we took one of the rooms and enlarged it so that Mr. and Mrs. Graham would have a comfortable space. A spin on classic shiplap are these board and batten walls we decided to do in the master bedroom. It adds texture and dimension to the space. The home only had one shared bathroom, so I knew we’d need an official master bathroom to make the master suite complete. We went with classic tile patterns and the same green paint color as is in the laundry room and kitchen to tie in this space with the rest of the home. LAUNDRY Objective: Replace the original garage with a functional, full-sized laundry room. Build a carport for parking. To make the laundry room really stand out we decided to design and paint a laundry room mural on the main wall. We also added a built-in folding station and carried the same green from the kitchen island into this space. EXTERIOR 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. Mr. Graham loves gardening so we wanted to build a large garden for him and his family to enjoy. interview with HOMEOWNER 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.