A Spacious and Stately Retreat in Woodway, Texas

Fixer Upper Sneak-Peek: Chip and Jo help a young couple with three daughters find the space they need and the traditional design they crave.

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How do you balance the practical needs of a family of five with a desire for tastefully traditional home design — and in a small community with a tight real-estate market? If you're looking for a magic bullet, you might enlist the help of Chip and Joanna Gaines and give them free rein to do what they do.

Bryce and Emily Sandvall with Joanna and Chip Gaines

Photo by: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Bryce and Emily Sandvall with Joanna and Chip Gaines

Bryce and Emily Sandvall were in search of a new home for their family of five in Waco's Woodway community, an area they loved and where they wanted to stay for, among other things, the high quality school district. The challenge is the narrowing supply of a quality homes at affordable prices in this desirable neighborhood.

Chip and Jo present the Sandvalls with just two candidates and, once a choice is made, set about working to make a nice-but-plain house into something really special. Joanna's creative repurposing of a couple of critical spaces turn ordinary interiors into a dynamic floor plan that will serve an active family while offering solid visual appeal. Formerly divided and formal spaces give way to a home newly redefined with an open feel and casual but elegant vibe.

Contemporary Neutral Breakfast Nook with Built-In Shelves

Contemporary Neutral Breakfast Nook with Built-In Shelves

A contemporary neutral breakfast nook with built-in shelves is shown, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

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Photo by: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Highlights in the renovation include a bright and airy kitchen done in white with gleaming gray tile, marble countertops and vintage pantry doors. Natural wood elements like a custom shelving and vent hood help ground and warm the space. French doors and side lights in a newly defined informal dining space bring tons of light into the kitchen and dining areas.

Contemporary White Kitchen with  Wooden Open Shelves

Contemporary White Kitchen with Wooden Open Shelves

Natural wood elements like the custom vent hood and these open shelves help ground and warm up the white, well-lit space.

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Photo by: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Adjacent to the kitchen, Joanna crafts a charm-filled breakfast nook lined with bookshelves and cozy bench seats. Finally, checking an item off the clients' wish list, Chip and Joanna add a multifunctional mud room and laundry area with utility sink, subway tile and tons of storage.

Contemporary Neutral Mudroom with White Utility Sink

Contemporary Neutral Mudroom with White Utility Sink

The laundry area features a prep area with butcher block countertops, utility sink and tile backsplash.

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Photo by: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

It all comes together in the Fixer Upper episode titled "Family Seeks Spacious Upgrade" which premieres Tuesday, November 28 at 9p|8c. And be sure to check back here after the premiere to see the full photo gallery.

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