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. FORMAL LIVING Objective: Create a separate living space to retreat and read, watch TV or entertain guests. The look of the stucco fireplace combined with the raw wooden beams really highlights the high ceilings and gives the Italian chateau feel the Ignacio family was looking for. The archways throughout the home tie into the italian chateau feeling. They also compliment the dramatic effect of the raised ceilings. KITCHEN + FAMILY ROOM Objective: Construct the perfect open concept room that’s ideal for family gathering. Raise ceilings to give that grand feel to the space. The beams in this main living area make the kitchen and family room really feel like one cohesive space. The antiqued finish of the mirror on the built in cabinets was a fun design detail that really makes this living space unique and adds interesting detail. The cabinets were built custom to look antique and, without a fireplace, is the main focal point of this space. The backsplash in the kitchen was handmade and one of my favorite details from this kitchen. We did a stucco vent hood to match the stucco fireplace and keep the same feel throughout the house. This was such a big open space that I knew we’d need an impressively large island in order to make a statement in the room. It also made an excellent spot for added organization and storage space. DINING Objective: A space that is close to the kitchen but will allow for a separate space for eating and visiting. PLAYROOM Objective: Set aside a space specifically designed for the kids to both play and complete homework. The playroom is a spot the kids can get away, make their creative messes and also do their homework. To make homework time easy we did separate desks and added a chalkboard so they could write equations, notes or even quotes. LAUNDRY Objective: Design a mud room that reflects the family’s style and adds a little creative fun to the space. The Saltillo tile flooring brings the Italian theme into the mudroom and the powder bath. This is a perfect option for the mudroom because it’s durable and won’t be bothered by a few splashes of water or mud. The laundry room was a fun one to get creative and design this mural. It looks similar to one I designed for the laundry room at the farmhouse, and I love the look of it painted on brick. POWDER ROOM Objective: An easily accessible bathroom for downstairs use. The family needed a powder bath to service the new downstairs family area, so that guests weren’t having to cut through bedrooms to use the restroom. INTERVIEW WITH HOMEOWNER 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.