This Craftsman Home Was Ready to Crumble — See What It Looks Like Now!

A daring newlywed couple called on renovation miracle workers Chip and Joanna Gaines to completely transform this home.

Host Joanna Gaines in front of the newly renovated Downs home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (portrait)

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Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you know that Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines are all about transforming the worst home on the best block. How bad was this house? Well, let's just say Chip nicknamed it "Three Little Pigs" — because a strong huff and puff might just blow it down — while showing the property to newlyweds Ken and Kelly Downs. The good news: The 100-year-old, Craftsman-style home had a price tag of just $35,000, leaving the Downs with a whopping $215,000 renovation budget. This is gonna be good, y'all. 

Using a blue and navy palette with plenty of rustic charm, the Fixer Upper team transformed this property from the outside in, starting with the falling-down exterior. 

BEFORE

AFTER

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The exterior of the Down's home prior to renovations, as seen on Fixer Upper. (Before #7)

The Downs home has been completely transformed from the inside out, the exterior features a new porch, windows, front door, metal roof and landscaping, as seen on Fixer Upper. (After #7)

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Navy blue cabinetry and a rustic wood vent hood stand out from classic white subway tile. 

Newly Renovated Kitchen Features FunCcolors, Textures and Metal Finishes

Newly Renovated Kitchen Features FunCcolors, Textures and Metal Finishes

The kitchen in this home has been completely transformed. Walls were removed to open the space, wood flooring was installed and it features a farm sink, new island, stainless steel appliances and a range hood for the stove, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Get Joanna's tips to bring a century-old kitchen into this era, while preserving its historic charm: 

Newlywed Kitchen 01:09

Joanna uses a classic design with modern touches for a 100-year-old home.

The couple requested his-and-hers office spaces, decked out with shiplap, of course. 

The front living area in the Downs home has been completely transformed. Shiplap paneling was installed and the wood flooring was refinished, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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See how Joanna created two personalized spaces for these newlyweds: 

Newlywed Entryway and Offices 01:25

Joanna restructured the entryway of an old house to include two offices.

To create a master suite, Chip and Joanna combined two smaller bedrooms into one luxurious larger one. 

See how she added timeless design elements to the luxurious space: 

Newlywed Master Suite 01:39

Johanna combined classic design with unique elements for a timeless feel.

See more before-and-after photos (plus all the stunning design details) in the gallery below.

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Taking the Plunge

Chip and Jo took a house that appeared at first glance as if it might be in danger of falling in, shored it up and transformed it into this vintage charmer designed to suit the tastes of two new homeowners. Among the more impressive achievements on the exterior was the revival of the beautiful front porch – one of the home's most distinctive features and one that had been partially obscured by earlier modifications.

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Delicate Balance

For the interior spaces, Joanna wanted to strike a balance between vintage and contemporary – one that didn't detract from the home's original character but that allowed for a modern floor plan and functional flow. 

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Embracing the Light

In the newly expanded dining room, tall windows and statement lighting in the form of a large chandelier contribute to the room's open and breathable feel.

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Plenty of Headroom

A feature that appealed to the clients immediately was the sizeable living room with tall ceilings. The living area was freed up even further by removing a brick fireplace that had been just inside the front entrance, and relocating it to an exterior wall.

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His...

The front section of the house was reconfigured to incorporate his-and-hers office spaces. This one features a fireplace with original century-old brick and dark stained shiplap paneling.

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Suitable for Napping

The new master suite features newly refinished hardwood floors and decor that creates a calming and restful ambiance.

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High Contrast

The new bathroom employs a crisp black-and-white palette with matte black lower cabinets offset by white marble vanities and brushed brass fixtures.

Meet the Homeowners

Ken and Kelly Downs were recently married and feeling the need to move beyond living in Ken's former bachelor pad. Kelly liked wood floors and period craftsman style. Both Ken and Kelly were hoping to find a home with at least three bedrooms, an open kitchen and office space. Their all-in budget was $250,000.

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BEFORE

Chip nicknamed this house the "3 Little Pigs House" since it looked like a huff and a puff or a strong wind might just blow it away. Likewise Joanna confessed to being a bit hesitant to take on a renovation of this scale. But Ken and Kelly were certain right away that, despite its obvious challenges, this was the house for them. The asking price for this somewhat distressed property was $35,000, leaving a renovation budget of around $215,000.

AFTER

To transform the exterior, the old stucco was removed and the front porch opened up and enhanced with new railing, trim and columns. A new front door in natural wood finish was added as well as a new skirt and stairs in antique brick. A new metal roof was added as well as fresh landscaping.

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Favorable First Impressions

The front door is new, as are the windows, but the frame around the door is original. It was simply cleaned up, repainted and the accent windows reinstalled.

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Front Porch, AFTER

 

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Living Room, AFTER

The living room is reconfigured and freshened up with restored hardwood flooring, new lighting and a neutral palette.

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Living Room, AFTER

The fireplace was relocated from a former awkward location just inside the front door, refurbished using the original brick and accented with new built-in shelving.

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Living Room, Detail

 

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Living Room, Detail

 

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Living Room, Detail

 

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Living Room, Detail

 

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Living Room, AFTER

 

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Dining Room, Before

Prior to the renovation, the dining room had white tile floors and a wall separated the space from the kitchen.

Dining Room, AFTER

The refurbished dinng room has hardwood floors and opens onto a newly reconfigured kitchen. An original brick chimney chase was exposed and was retained as an architectural feature.

Dining Room, AFTER

Statement pieces in the dining room include a custom dining table fashioned from reclaimed wood by furniture artisan Clint Harp and a visually impressive chandelier.

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Dining Room, Detail

 

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Dining Room, Detail

 

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Dining Room, Detail

 

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Dining Room, Detail

 

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Dining Room, AFTER

The dining room's bay window now features a new built-in window seat that provides additional seating as well as storage.

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Dining Room, AFTER

 

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Kitchen, BEFORE

The kitchen was a relatively large space, but the cabinetry was old and limited to one back wall. Joanna's recommendation was to remove a wall to open the sight line into the living and dining spaces, fashion a new U-shaped kitchen layout and add a large island.

Kitchen, AFTER

The newly reconfigured kitchen looks like a completely different space and is given a classic and colorful look.

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Kitchen, AFTER

Highlights in the new kitchen include base cabinets in deep blue, white Carrara marble countertops and a stainless steel farmhouse sink.

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Kitchen, AFTER

 

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Kitchen, Detail

 

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Kitchen, Detail

Joanna's design for this kitchen incorporates plenty of prep space and storage – including these open shelves as well as generous upper and lower cabinetry.

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Kitchen, Detail

Newly enlarged windows and white subway tile help brighten up the space.

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Kitchen, Detail

Upper cabinets include both glass and wood door design, and special features on the range include a wall mounted pot-filler faucet and custom hood.

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Kitchen, AFTER

 

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Kitchen, AFTER

Joanna took a deliberately fun approach with this kitchen design, utilizing varied combinations of colors, textures and metal finishes.

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Kitchen, Detail

 

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Office Space, BEFORE

One of the clients' wishes was for a home office. In an unconventional approach, Joanna's floorplan made use of this large space just inside the entrance to build a pair of office spaces on either side of a reconfigured foyer.

Her Office, AFTER

Kelly Downs' new office has built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a large farm-table style desk and stylized chandelier.

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Office Space, BEFORE

One of the more challenging aspects of this renovation was this fireplace located just inside the front door. In order to take down walls to create a more open floor plan, the existing brick fireplace had to be disassembled and relocated.

Her Office, AFTER

 

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Her Office, AFTER

The home's original shiplap was retained and either painted and utilized in its original location – as seen here in the Kelly's new office – or repurposed elsewhere in the home.

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Her Office, Detail

 

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Her Office, Detail

 

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Her Office, Detail

 

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His Office, AFTER

On the other side of the new entryway, Joanna and Chip created this office space for Ken, which could also serve as a sitting room or reading room if desired.

His Office, AFTER

For this office space, Joanna created a more masculine look with shiplap in a dark stain finish and a fireplace with unpainted antique brick.

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His Office, AFTER

 

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His Office, AFTER

 

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Master Bedroom, BEFORE

To create a new master suite, this bedroom was combined with an adjacent one to expand the footprint, and an existing bathroom was modified to incorporate it into a full master suite.

Master Bedroom, AFTER

Old paneling was removed and new baseboards and trim added in the new master. The color palette, white linen window treatments and subtle decor combine to create a tranquil and relaxed feel.

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Master Bedroom, Detail

Joanna incorporated vintage and architectural salvage pieces to tie in with the age and period of the home.

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Master Bedroom, Detail

 

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Bathroom, BEFORE

 

Master Bath, AFTER

Matte black base cabinets offer a pleasing contrast against the white shiplap an chair-rail trim. 

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Master Bath, AFTER

Large framed mirrors work well with the bathroom's high ceilings, and the contrasting theme is continued in the black and white concrete tile floor.

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Master Bath, Detail

A white pedestal tub with brushed brass fixtures provides an especially elegant touch.

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Master Bath, Detail

 

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Master Bath, Detail

 

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Spirit of Design

With the renovation complete, Joanna Gaines stands at the newly restored front entry of of one of the more ambitious Fixer Upper projects to date. In terms of design, Joanna helped a couple who were eager to create a home that was "designed together" – bringing together each of their respective styles – and did so while honoring the age and legacy of the home.

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Finis

Did you like this Fixer Upper project? If so, you might want to check out Fixer Upper: Tackling The Beast – another particularly daring makeover courtesy of Chip and Joanna Gaines.

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