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Episode 08 - The Shingle Shack

November 11, 2015
 The “Shingle Shack” was a good size home with a ton of potential, but needed to be updated and revamped. The clients were drawn to this house because it was located in a great neighborhood and had plenty of bedrooms for their family. Chip and Jo were excited about walking through the process of purchasing a home with the Haire family since it would be the couple’s first home together.
In hopes of giving the house more curb appeal, Joanna lightened up the house with a soft but bright gray tone. Because the house looked dated and heavy, Chip and Jo removed the shingles and replaced them with new siding. They also painted the exterior trim which created a more clean and finished look. Joanna incorporated a new front door, new porch posts, shutters and simple black hardware on the plain garage door. These improvements were topped off with a fresh beautiful landscape that made the exterior come alive.
Inside, the front foyer was dark and closed in, so Joanna opened up the wall into the living room and added new iron railing. She also selected a carpet runner for the stairs and a light color for the walls. The new front door also added a significant amount of natural light to brighten the space as well. Joanna designed sliding barn doors in the foyer leading into the client’s office, creating both character in the foyer and privacy for the office. She also added a custom-made bench by Clint Harp to hide a major plumbing line in the foyer. The reclaimed wood bench fit perfectly along the wall in the foyer and added even more charm to the entry. Bench made by Harp Design Co
The foyer led into the living and dining spaces, which both only needed simple updates. Chip and Jo added new flooring, base boards, crown molding and new lighting. The same paint color was used in these spaces as well.
Joanna opened up the wall from the formal dining room into the kitchen to create a more open floor plan and completely transformed the existing kitchen. She added new cabinets, a large island, new pendants, new appliances and her favorite: a signature farm sink. Lastly, Joanna created a cased opening from the kitchen into the living room so that the young mother could keep an eye on her kiddos in the backyard.

In the den Joanna added two new sets of french doors to bring in more natural light. Chip wrapped the existing beams and sanded and then re-stained the original hardwoods. Joanna balanced the built-ins by the fireplace and the wood elements in both the den and the breakfast nook with a calm and peaceful color scheme and decor.











 Upstairs the master bedroom was revamped to include new windows, floors, lighting and new trim. The walls were painted gray for a cohesive soft look throughout the home.
The biggest challenge for this Fixer Upper was the master bathroom. Originally, this bathroom felt more like a half bath than a master so the clients decided it was worth cutting into one of the existing bedrooms to add more space to the bathroom. Chip and Jo created a spacious yet functional master bath and added a tub, large shower, double vanity and large walk-in closet. 
In the end, Chip and Jo were honored to be a part of the Haire’s first home buying experience. The Gaines’ believe the key to buying a Fixer Upper is buying it at the right price, while making room in the budget for the needed renovations and not going over the market value in the area. Not only were the Haire’s able to purchase this “ugly house on the block” at a great price, but they were able to stay within their budget and transform the house into an All-American classic beauty.


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  • Michelle
    2:37 pm, February 10, 2018
    Where is the couch from??
  • Leonard Faircloth
    8:16 am, February 4, 2018
    How how I find the color paint that u used on every project
  • Carol pizzo
    8:11 am, February 4, 2018
    Round light fixture is great-where can I get it?
  • Deb
    10:23 am, January 24, 2018
    How do you find products and colors used in the kitchen. Starting our kitchen in two weeks...very frustrated with what's out there.
  • Lisa Rebert
    6:57 pm, December 5, 2017
    What were the paint brand and colors used for the exterior on this project? Thx!
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