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Fixer Upper: A First Home for Avid Dog Lovers

November 29, 2016

Chip and Joanna Gaines help create an ideal forever home for a young couple and their canine family members. A late 1950s-era ranch home is transformed with an open, free-flowing floor plan, soaring vaulted ceilings — and something special for the pooches.

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Photo: Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images. From: Fixer Upper.

Raise the Roof

To create this dramatic living space and open kitchen, Chip and Joanna altered the home's roof pitch, removed several walls, gutted the kitchen and relocated a fireplace.

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Home Exterior, BEFORE

"The Cargo Ship House" — as Chip dubbed it because of its elongate shape and exposed vent pipes — was built in 1958 and came with four bedrooms, three baths, about 2340 square feet. The split-level portion was clearly an add-on, and the inside was dated, but clients Andrew and Brittany were excited about the large backyard with established live oaks and Joanna's vision of what the interior could become.

Andrew and Brittany's home wish list included a large main living area, lots of space for their dogs and four bedrooms to one day accommodate a growing family.

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Photo: Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images. From: Fixer Upper.

Home Exterior, AFTER

In one of their more ambitious exterior makeovers, Chip and Joanna re-pitched the roof line of this home and dramatically enhanced the entry with a porch bump-out that features post-and-beam construction. The exterior is further dressed up with fresh green paint, contrasting black shutters and new stairs and railing.

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Photo: Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images. From: Fixer Upper.

Cool Contrast

The new kitchen was given a clean, fresh look with all white cabinetry, white stone countertops and a distinctive gray tile backsplash. Visual contrast and depth was provided in the form of rich blue paint for the vent hood and island base as well as reclaimed and natural wood elements.

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