Episode 13 - The 'A Lot of Options' House February 26, 2018 Dale and Nancy were living in a duplex while they were on the hunt for their forever home here in Waco. Because they have kids and grandkids, the two of them were looking for a large enough house to host family holidays and with room in the floorplan for the grandkids to have a space of their own. After looking at potential flips, they both decided to build their forever home from the ground up on a lot with a scenic view. With a new build, we really had the opportunity to hit every single line item on their wishlist. DESIGN ELEMENTS The inspiration materials I used to interpret the style of the family’s home A different challenge when working with a new build is having to intentionally think about how to add character to the house, rather than focusing on drawing out the natural character of an established home. So many older houses come with natural quirks and hidden gems from the era they were built in, which is part of the fun in flipping. From the beginning, we decided based on Dale and Nancy’s style, that we would design this home to look like a European cottage. This gave me the foundation to make this new home feel lived in from the start. The key was to add in weathered, storied and old-world elements like natural wood, copper accents, antique corbels, and familiar patterns. KITCHEN Objective | Create an open kitchen with enough space for hosting family holidays Nothing says a kitchen built for entertaining like double kitchen islands. Splitting them up creates a direct walkway to the stove and the refrigerator without compromising the extra storage and countertop space of a large island. The vaulted ceiling, copper accents, open shelving, and antique ceramic tile that goes all the way to the ceiling are what give the kitchen the European style. And the soft green cabinets match the shutters from the home’s exterior, creating a cohesive look inside and out. These beautiful gas lanterns on either side of the vent hood could steal the show. The combination of these copper gas lanterns and the antique wooden piece on the vent hood ensures that this is the focal point of the whole room. The weathered look of this copper farmhouse sink played into the old world feel while still working with all the stainless steel appliances. HOME OFFICE Objective | Have a set space for getting work done at home We tucked the home office behind these beautiful antique french doors off the kitchen. It’s a perfect little nook to steal away and get a few things done without distractions. DINING ROOM Objective | Provide a dining space that is completely open to the kitchen It was important for Dale and Nancy to have a big, inviting dining table where they could host their kids and grandkids for dinner. LIVING ROOM Objective | Design a comfortable space open for conversation The stucco fireplace that mirrors the finished look of the home’s exterior was a big wishlist item for Dale and Nancy. We positioned it at an angle instead of in the center of the wall so that we could take advantage of installing it from an exterior wall, which saved some money in the budget. We designed this custom media cabinet that could anchor this large wall and also create functional storage space. MASTER SUITE Objective | Create a relaxing bedroom and bathroom for Dale and Nancy To keep this master suite feeling peaceful and relaxing, I went with soft, neutral walls, whitewashed beams on the ceiling, and medium stained wood doors. The double sinks and built-in vanity in the master bathroom allow for more than enough space for the two of them. I found these wooden corbels in my attic (which you’ll be happy to know is cleaned out and organized after finding that little creature in there) and installed them over the tub to serve as the storied element in this room. KIDS ROOM Objective | Carve out a designated space for the grandkids to play It was really important for Dale and Nancy to have a place in the house just for their grandkids. The whole room has a really playful treehouse style that I love! Between the reading nook, the chalkboard playhouse, and this coloring tabe that Clint built, these kids are going to love spending time here. Read my design tips from this playroom at magnolia.com/design-tips-lot-options-house/ Not only was adding in this ladder to the kids playroom nostalgic, but it’s also practical for allowing the top shelf to be functional and not just decorative and out of reach. EXTERIOR Objective | Design an exterior that doesn’t look like a new build and incorporates timeless European elements Getting to design this house from the ground up with Dale and Nancy was a treat for us. We love that every single part of this forever home was custom designed to be exactly what they wanted, and we hope that they love this home as much as we loved building it. Welcome home, Dale and Nancy! Interview With Homeowner Q: What was something that surprised you about the design process? A: The most surprising thing about the design process was how Joanna and the team turned our concepts into that 3D model and then into reality. It was amazing to get a first-hand look at the interior and exterior design. It gave us something to hang on to and imagine what our home might look like while we waited for the reveal. Q: What is your favorite room in the house, and why? A: Our favorite room is the family room. It has all the elements we love: a fantastic view, a cozy fireplace, a space for gatherings, an amazing kitchen, and those vaulted beams that make the room feel so large and open. Q: What is your favorite feature in the house, and why? A: Our favorite feature would have to be the indoor gas lights. Those lanterns are so unique and stylish, and we can enjoy them inside our home year-round, because they're not on the outside where we can't see them. Q: How did your home balance design and functionality? A: While the bedrooms are adequately sized, the space where we spend the most time and need the greatest function are the combined kitchen/dining/living room, and the Master Bath and Closet. The playroom offers a dedicated space for the grandkids when they come over, and they just love it. Design meets function and fits our lifestyle very well in this home. Q: How did you decide on the design of the house? What inspired the choice? A: The design of the house was based on the size of the lot, our must-haves and our budget. Joanna showed us an image of a home that inspired her to create a European Cottage look and feel, and they took it from there. We could not be more pleased with the result. Q: What was your favorite thing about the building process? A: By far, our most favorite thing about this process was not being involved. We didn't have to make a thousand decisions, negotiate with subcontractors, or respond to the myriad of issues that arise during the building process. We just woke up one morning, and went to see our beautifully designed, newly constructed home. We cannot describe the joy we felt when we saw our home for the first time. It's a dream come true. Our home was completely finished inside and out. We do have plans for a future bath upstairs in the loft room, but that is for a later time. Q: How was your own personal style revealed in your home? A: Our home feels casual, friendly, warm, and inviting. This so much reflects our personal style and desire to share our beautiful home with family and friends. Q: What was the deciding factor that attracted you to choosing this home over the other two options? A: When Chip suggested we build a house from scratch it was exciting. The other options were so limiting, the didn't even compare to a new home that would meet our exact specifications. Q: Why did you apply to Fixer Upper? A: We really needed help to get us out of the "rent trap," in Waco, so it just made sense to go ahead and apply.