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Episode 14 - The Hot Sauce House

March 17, 2017

This home we renovated for the Ignacio family was really one for the books. The rustic Italian style home was brought to life by the raised ceilings, dramatic raw wood beams and dark wood floors. This home’s ironwork, antique doors, bronze hardware and arched openings give it the feeling of an old chateau you’d stumble upon in Italy. Elements like the stucco fireplace and handmade stone backsplash are the details that really take it to the next level and make this home extra special.


Objective: Create a separate living space to retreat and read, watch TV or entertain guests.


Objective: Construct the perfect open concept room that’s ideal for family gathering. Raise ceilings to give that grand feel to the space.


Objective: A space that is close to the kitchen but will allow for a separate space for eating and visiting.


Objective: Set aside a space specifically designed for the kids to both play and complete homework.


Objective: Design a mud room that reflects the family’s style and adds a little creative fun to the space.


Objective: An easily accessible bathroom for downstairs use.



Q. Why did you apply for Fixer Upper?

A. Well we decided to move to Waco because we wanted our family to be closer to my husband’s mother. We knew that going from a big city to a small city was going to be a big change. We thought Waco would be a good place to raise a family.

Q. What was your favorite part of the renovation process?

A. Mine was seeing the 3D model of the design plan. It made it more real, and it was nice to see what we had talked about with Joanna come to life. As far as the three options, we really wanted to have beams, so that part was a no brainer.

Q. Which room in the home do you spend most of your time?

A. Our children love the playroom. They use the desks all of the time to do their homework, read and write on the chalkboards. I have kids ranging from two to ten years old, but every one of them love using that space.

Q. Each room is filled with many warm tones that add to the ranch and homey style. How did you decide on this color palette?

A. We wanted an Italian rustic feel, but some Italian homes are dark and we didn’t want that aspect. We wanted bright. My husband and I had a bunch of ideas and then Joanna took that and turned it into something we loved. The warmness of the paint really captures that feeling. It highlights the wood and the metal so well. It makes it pop.

The Ignacio family’s non-traditional style made this house so fun to work on. I loved tackling the rustic Italian style this family wanted. Thank you, Ignacio family, for sharing this space with us! We enjoyed turning this into your forever home.


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  • D Bates
    12:39 pm, February 15, 2018
    Love this kitchen/great room!! Are the wingback chairs from the Magnolia collection or could you provide source? Thank you!
  • carrie
    5:16 pm, February 13, 2018
    A lot people are asking questions about products here are some answers:
    Here are the details you requested from the Ignacio House.

    Kitchen Counters - Calcutta "Sienna" 3 cm (Design Superstore)

    Kitchen Backsplash - Arabesque 8 in. Winslet Blend (Bottega Design Gallery)

    Kitchen Island Stain - Minwax "Provincial", "True Gray" (Lowe's)

    Kitchen Cabinet Handles - Allison Value Hardware 12/5" Center to Center Handle Appliance Pull (Amerock BP55247); Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish (Build.com)

    Bathroom and Laundry Room Tile Flooring - Saltillo - "Cotta Dark" 12"x12" Octagon w/ 5x5" Square Pattern (Arto Design)

    Laundry Room Cabinet and Kitchen Cabinet Paint - Intellectual Gray, ProMar® 200 Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd Paint, Satin Finish (Sherwin Williams)

    Laundry Room Cabinet Handle - Venetian Bronze Cottage 5 Inch Center to Center Handle Cabinet Pull; SKU: BCI1572197 (Build.com)

    Interior Wall Paint - Blanched', Interior, Eggshell Finish (Joanna's Paint Line)
    • vikki
      2:21 pm, February 18, 2018
      Powder room vanity? I can't find it anywhere!!
  • Rachel A Corcorran
    11:01 am, February 6, 2018
    Can you tell me what stain color was used on beams and island?
  • Becky
    12:28 am, February 1, 2018
    Gorgeous kitchen backsplash. I notice the tiles have a slightly different color when compared to the sample, can you tell me if they were treated somehow? Also, what tile was used to edge around the windows above the stove? Thanks for the help, this is easily my favorite one!
  • Jackie Lagana
    8:46 pm, January 31, 2018
    Enjoyed this show ....... can you please tell me where I can purchase the dining room chairs and table along with the arched window up against the wall ? Thank you so much
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