A 'Fixer Upper' With Italian Flavor

Joanna and Chip add a helping of Italian rustic to a bland suburban home in an impressive renovation for a California couple.

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As seen on FIxer Upper, the Ignacio's remodeled dining room has new hardwood floors, french doors and a large dining room table. (After)

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Jenny and Ramil are moving from Northern California to Waco, Texas to be closer to family. Jenny wants a fixer-upper they can customize to create a dream home with rustic Italian flair. Ramil is not so sure. He’s thinking something in the move-in-ready category. But he’s open to a project house and, with Chip and Joanna’s encouragement and boundless enthusiasm, is persuaded to come along.

Chip and Joanna Gaines

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Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images

Chip and Joanna Gaines

The clients, who have four young kids, are looking for a lot of space and a big yard. Their wish list includes four bedrooms, an open concept floorplan and some sort of playroom for the kids. With a budget of $425,000 and a fairly focused design preference, Chip and Joanna’s wheels start to spin.

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As seen on FIxer Upper, detail on the island in the Ignacio's rennovated kitchen. (After)

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The house they settle on hits most of the desired marks but, at the outset, is anything but open-concept. Plain and boxy would be more apt descriptors. But for team Fixer Upper, that’s not a problem.

Our clients really wanted a rustic Italian feel, so I wanted to really be purposeful on all the design that we implement — whether it’s the really pretty pendant lights or a really unique handmade backsplash. All of these elements, I think, make it feel just warm and inviting.

After formulating an innovative floorplan update, Joanna’s thoughts turn to how to reinvent and soften up some stark and ordinary spaces, creating a vibe that’s both warm and spacious. Some structural modifications, like vaulting the ceilings and antique wood beams, create a whole new sense of space, but it’s attention to smaller details — like arched interior French doors and a European country-style built-in — that ultimately deliver the warmth.

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As seen on FIxer Upper, detail of the coffee table in the Ignacio's rennovated family room. (After)

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Photo by: Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images

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A key part of this particular renovation is the conversion of a garage and storage space to create several all-new spaces. Check out this web-exclusive "Design on Her Mind" clip where Chip and Joanna discuss how garage conversions can be the most lucrative and value-adding part of a home renovation.

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Chip and Jo explain why garage conversions get the most bang for your buck.

The Fixer Upper episode "Rustic Italian Dream Home" premieres on March 14 at 9p|8c. Be sure to check back here to take the photo tour and see more web-exclusive videos featuring Joanna’s design advice and inspiration.

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