Back From the Brink: A Fixer Upper Story

A dilapidated home gets a second chance thanks to HGTV's Joanna and Chip Gaines, hosts of the new show Fixer Upper. HGTV Magazine just had to see the results.

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Meet the Family

When Charmaine Hooper and Chuck Codd first saw this Waco, TX home two years ago, it was unlivable: no running water, dangerous wiring, and dirt-covered floors. But the couple took the plunge (with their nine-year-old daughter, Charlie) and purchased the abandoned 1927 house from the city for $24,008. Chuck wasn’t so sure, but his wife convinced him that with its tall ceilings, French doors, and windows galore, the house could one day be a stunner.

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