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Fixer Upper: A Home With a View

February 21, 2018

Chip and Jo take on a different kind of 'Fixer Upper' when they undertake a from-the-ground-up new build, creating a Euro-inspired cottage style home with grand interior spaces and beautiful views.

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After a frustrating tour of homes, with none of the fixer-uppers meeting the clients' wish list, Chip and Joanna get outside the box and take on a brand new build, custom-creating a couple’s dream home from the ground up.

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Meet the Homeowners

Nancy and Dale Pahmiyer moved to Waco to be near their kids and grandkids. They’ve spent five years living in a small duplex and are eager to find a place that's more suitable. “We are so ready to call a new place home,” said Nancy. They’re looking for a home large enough to accommodate sizable family gatherings and with a big yard where the grandkids can play. Other items on their wish list include a nice master bath, a play room for the youngsters and, importantly, a nice view. “We've always liked having views where we lived,” said Dale. “We haven't always had that but, when we have, we've always appreciated it, and it's something we never grow tired of.” They’re hoping to live in Waco’s Woodway neighborhood, and they have a budget of $300,000.

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A 'Lot' of Options was Chip’s clever moniker for the "Before" pic in this Fixer Upper installment — since there was no actual fixer-upper to fix. Just a nice patch of green. After considering several renovation options that didn’t pan out, Chip proposed this lot in a scenic locale as a potential site for a new-home build. “You know, not everybody is built for the fixer-upper model,” said Chip. “I mean, we love it, and it's in our blood, but I think that this is a great option if the fixer-upper thing is just not in the cards.” The half-acre lot has open space surrounding it and an elevation that provides for scenic views. The lot was listed at $32,000, leaving roughly $270,000 to build the new home.

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Photo: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo Agency. From: Fixer Upper.


For the Pahmiyer's new home, Chip and Joanna created this spacious and updated take on a cottage style home, with European influences, wood accents, a deep front porch, a large dormer and lots of room inside. The exterior mixes cream colored stucco with shutters painted in sage green. Other exterior highlights include gas-lantern sconces, a pergola-style trellis over the garage doors and landscaping that includes climbing jasmine.

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