Fixer Upper: Behind the Design - The Scrivano House

Chip and Joanna help Courtney and Joe Scrivano transition from downtown loft living to life in a vintage Tudor. The 1929 house they purchased has got loads of charm but needs a few tweaks to make it family friendly. Look for #neverbeforeseen for rooms and elements not featured in the original Fixer Upper episode.

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Style Fusion

For this renovation, in order to fulfill the wishes of her clients, Joanna's design plan remains true to the aesthetic of the Tudor style home but also incorporates both modern and traditional elements that are new.

Done Deal

Unlike many Fixer Upper projects, with this one the clients — Joey and Courtney Scrivano — had already decided upon and purchased a home. They had been living in a downtown loft but, with a new baby, were eager to settle into something more family oriented.

Before

The Scrivano's newly purchased 1929 brick Tudor came with five bedrooms and plenty of original charm — but an odd layout and no master bath. They enlisted Chip and Jo to help them redefine some of the interior spaces and, importantly, create a luxurios master suite. "We're willing to make the investment and some sacrifices to make this the home of our dreams," said Courtney.

After

The remodel revived the original front porch which had previously enclosed. In doing so it brought back a more classic and elegant look to the exterior. "Chip opened up the porch again," said Joanna, "and now the front exterior suddenly has that 1920s Tudor charm that was missing." Though Chip and Jo opted to keep the original brick rather than paint, new stucco and contrasting gray trim helps amplify the home's traditional Tudor style.

Before

Oak hardwood floors and decorative arches were some of the period details that sold the Scrivanos on this home. For the renovation, Courtney's tastes tend to run more traditional while Joey hoped to incorporate some modern elements. Both agreed, however, that any updates should honor the period style of the home.

After

Though the fireplace got an update, the original built-in bookcases on either side were retained, echoing the original details found throughout the home. "To stay true to the Tudor-style, but also add a little bit of modern and traditional," said Joanna, "the key here is keeping everything original as much possible. So the doors, the arches, all the built-ins — these are the things that really stay true to that Tudor style."

Before

The kitchen was narrow, constrained and dated. Joanna had some ideas to modify the layout while incorporating themes to suit both Courtney and Joey. "For her traditional style," she said, "I'm thinking detailed trim, wainscoting and neutral paint colors will work well. Then for his modern style, I think we can incorporate some smoother textures and sleek fixtures."

After

Joanna opted for black and white tile to give the entire kitchen added personality and a more dynamic look. Stained antique doors for the butler's pantry, a small walnut island and copper elements help provide a warm counterbalance to the high-contrast palette.

After

Black and white tile is so versatile. The secret for this kitchen is pairing it with warm wood tones and light cabinets so it has more of a traditional feel instead of a 1950s diner vibe.
— Joanna

Kitchen, Detail

For the breakfast nook, Joanna commissioned a solid walnut pedestal table custom created by Clint Harp. Though not seen in the original Fixer Upper episode, Behind the Design showcases Clint's step-by-step process for gluing up and constructing the table.
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Before

Two adjoining bedrooms, including this one, would be combined to create a giant master suite with a luxury bath.

After

In the master bedroom, the hardwood floors were restored. New detail trim around the windows are painted in soft gray and twin sconces installed on either side of the bed.

Guest Bath, Before

In addition to the master bath, the Scrivanos wanted an inviting guest bath. This hall bathroom, just off the main living area, would get a stylish upgrade.
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Guest Bath, After

High-contrast wallpaper in a classic pattern helps give the bathroom a look that's both distinctive and timeless.
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Guest Bath, After

Twin brass sconces and brushed brass fixtures offer a softening counterpoint to the black-and-white pattern.
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Guest Bath, After

The single pedestal sink is replaced with a generous sized vanity with stained wood base and marble top.
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Guest Bath, Detail

As always, Joanna brightens up the staging with touches of fresh greenery.
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Guest Bath, Detail

As requested by the clients, both the master bath and guest bath get ample amounts of linen storage.
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Behind the Scenes

Chip and Jo and crew prep for shooting on the final reveal for the Scrivano house.

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A selfie for posterity.

Behind the Scenes

Capturing the defining moment.

Behind the Scenes

Courtney and Joey Scrivano get their first glimpse of their newly remodeled home.

Bringin' It Home

If you enjoyed this Behind the Design feature, be sure to check out the complete renovation gallery from the original Fixer Upper episode: "Stylish Update for a Vintage Tudor" plus read more about it here.

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