Joanna's Design Tips: Southwestern Style for a Run-Down Ranch House
This was a whole new kind of Fixer Upper renovation: Instead of Chip and Joanna finding a house for their buyers, homeowners Sterling and Casey brought them a home on a beautiful 2,000 acre farm that has been in Sterling's family for four generations. The problem? The home was abandoned for more than a decade, leaving it nearly crumbling and full of unwelcome guests (Read: Opossums, spiders, mice, oh my!)
Almost everything had to be gutted — even the shiplap couldn't be saved — but you won't believe what the finished home looks like now, starting with the rustic ranch exterior:
Inside the house, Joanna created a Southwestern-inspired interior with natural wood and stone tones and terra cotta tile.
Exposed Beams and Brick Add Rustic Charm to Elegant Kitchen
As seen on fixer upper, Chip installed a large kitchen island to maximize the space the family has for cooking and food preparation. Then, he and Joanna removed the drywall to expose the brick, giving the space a unique, rustic look. Then, Joanna added exposed beams to give dimension and drama to the space, while elegant pendant lights tie the space together.
Get Joanna's tips on this stunning kitchen's design:
Outdated Kitchen Overhaul 01:31
The living and dining spaces echo the Southwestern look of the kitchen, thanks to high-contrast patterned accessories and rich natural hues.
See how Joanna created this finished look:
Living and Dining Room Revamp 01:30
The master suite features an amazing cedar accent wall to give the room a cabin vibe. Stunning, right?
Master Bedroom with Repurposed Wood Wall
Chip and Joanna, of HGTV's Fixer Upper, created a focal point in this master bedroom with a repurposed wood wall. The light wood wall complements the natural wood trim throughout the home, while white bed linens help to soften the space. Large windows allow in plenty of natural light, while a lighted ceiling fan and pendant lights on either side of the bed also help to bring light to the space, making it bright and inviting.
See Joanna's favorite parts of this space:
Southwestern Master Suite 01:24
Amazing, right? But that's not all. Flip through 40+ photos of this stunning renovation right here.
Making New Memories
Joanna and Chip transformed a crumbling and practically abandoned old house in Marlin, Texas – a rural community about 30 miles outside Waco – into this stylish and attractive home for a family of three. New exterior enhancements provide plenty of curb appeal although, with the house located on a 2000-acre ranch, there's not a curb in sight!
Since the living area was already a large, open space, not much was needed in terms of structural changes for this area. However, the house overall was in such bad shape prior to the renovation, it had to be taken down to the studs and essentially re-created from the ground up. Joanna referred to the project as "building a new house inside an old frame."
The house had belonged to homeowner Sterling Zan's grandfather and, in years past, it had served as a focal point for holiday get-togethers and other family gatherings. Joanna and Chip's remodel creates a revitalized space that's ideally suited for extending old family traditions and fostering new ones.
Meet the Homeowners
Chip and Joanna pose with homeowners Casey and Sterling Zan on the front porch of their newly renovated family home. The Zans knew from the start they wanted to restore this cherished and inherited home, so there was no purchase decision for this particular fixer upper. The challenge was in the damage the house had undergone and in pulling off a full makeover within Zans' $160,000 renovation budget.
Living Room, AFTER
The bright and open living room has new hardwood floors, large windows and a completely reworked front entry. Prior to the renovation, this space had dark wood-paneled walls, a badly damaged tile floor and acoustic-tile drop ceiling.
Living Room, Detail
Joanna repurposed some of the old patterned drapes – one of just a few things salvaged from the original items in the home – to create new throw-pillow covers. The western and southwest themes of some of the original furnishings served as a reference point for Joanna's decorating theme, thereby maintaining a visual connection with the home's past.
Dining Room, AFTER
The home's original dining table was salvaged and restored by furniture designer and woodcraftsman Clint Harp.
The newly redesigned kitchen features a generous kitchen island, concrete countertops, brick tile floors and natural wood cabinets.
The drop ceiling was removed and exposed wood beams added for a coffered effect. New stainless appliances were added as well as all new lighting and special features such as a wall-mounted pot-filling faucet and a custom vent hood with copper accents.
Master Bedroom, AFTER
The renovated master bedroom included restored original hardwood floors and a new accent wall with rough milled cedar planks for a decidedly country look.
Master Bath, AFTER
An original jack-and-jill bathroom was reworked to create two separate baths including this master with twin vanities, marble countertops and stand-up shower.
Master Bath, AFTER
As natural light floods in to this home's master bathroom, the neutral color palette reflects the light making the space feel brighter and larger. Chip and Joanna added unique details, like the raised cabinets and extendable lamps makes the bathroom more functional, while the glass front shower makes the space feel more open.
Home Exterior, AFTER
The original metal roof was retained, but nearly everything else visible on the outside is new. The front porch was moved from a corner location to create this grand new entry with post-and-beam construction and exposed wood. The siding was replaced and enlarged windows added with decorative wood shutters.
Still want more from this project? Be sure and check out Joanna's design tips videos with exclusive background and insights on the designs incorporated into the kitchen, living room and master suite in this Fixer Upper makeover.
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