Chip and Joanna Gaines are Pregnant!
Who's ready for Hashtag Baby Gaines in 2018?
After the first new Fixer Upper of the year, Chip Gaines announced on Twitter that he and Joanna Gaines are expecting their fifth child later this year.
The announcement couldn't have been more perfectly timed: Tuesday night's episode featured a very special client — Jo's baby sister! — who also found out midst-renovation that she was expecting her sixth child.
Can't say we didn't see this coming. Aside from Chip's ominous tweet hints throughout the episode ...
Meet the McCalls
Jo's little sister Mary Kay—"who we lovingly refer to as 'Mikey,'" Jo said—is coming back to Waco after nine long years away. She and her husband, David, need a home for their large (and growing) family, and Joanna knows her latest flip, a spacious house that can be customized to her sister's taste, fits the bill beautifully. "I knew Mikey would like it, which is the whole reason I got excited about it to begin with," she said. "It's one of those things where it's perfect timing."
Built in 1978, this 2,672 square foot, four-bedroom, three-bathroom house looks great on paper, if not quite so great in person. It's ripe for renovation: "It's in a great neighborhood, the best school district you can imagine, and I think if we took a bet on this house, I don't even think it's a gamble," Chip said. "It's a, 'where's my money?!'"
Jo took a bite out of the expansive front yard to create a private dining area behind a wall of breeze blocks with the retro feel her sister loves. Floor-to-ceiling windows let the Texas sun spill in, and painted white brick, a striking front door, new wooden siding and iron sconces give this 40-year-old home a fresh new face.
Living Room and Kitchen, Before
Prior to renovation, visitors to this home crossed the threshold and ran smack into a wall dividing the foyer from the kitchen. The space felt dim and cramped, since light couldn't pass from the back of the house to the front, and another awkward wall divided the kitchen from the living room.
Living Room and Kitchen, After
The wall between the kitchen and living room is long gone, and a new, black iron retaining wall with gridded windows now defines the space between the kitchen and the foyer in an inviting way. "That wall is like, Let's get on the other side of it!," Joanna said. New hardwood floors, a massive new kitchen island, a teal backsplash and opulent new brass pendant lights complete the kitchen's transformation.
Family Room, After
Large new windows and warm wooden flooring changes this conversion's personality—it's now ready for family fun. This room can also function as a transitional space between the new carport outside and the rest of the house, thanks to new doors and ample storage.
Stylish Sliding Doors
Joanna wanted the new iron dividing wall between the kitchen and the foyer to tie in with a feature in another part of Mikey and David's new home, and she found an excellent opportunity in the new cased opening between the living room and the family room. Sliding doors provide a useful transition from one space to another: "[It's] overkill to have a large living room and another large living room," Joanna said. Bonus: The doors are soft-close and virtually silent, thanks to hidden hardware.
Storage for Everyone
Joanna designed a wall of five built-in lockers for each of the McCalls' five children, painted in their mother's favorite shade of teal and backed with quirky wallpaper. When Mikey called with the news that she would be expecting her sixth, big sister Jo happily tweaked her design as a nod to the new addition.
"That tile is so funky!" Mikey exclaimed with delight when she saw the wall behind the tub in the master bathroom. Joanna chose handmade tile and dry-stacked it—that is, applied it without grout in the spaces between each piece—for a dramatic new look with the quirky style her sister favors.
Living Room, After
Chip narrowed the wall surrounding the fireplace and created larger windows that echo the ceiling's slope. Joanna chose the new adobe treatment to appeal to her brother-in-law, and his reaction doesn't disappoint: "I feel like I'm in New Mexico!" he said.
Efficient Utility Room
Once a cramped mechanical closet, what Jo calls the "fifties laundry room" boasts both retro-inspired hues and appliances and ample counter space for the massive loads of kid-generated washing ahead.
Master Bedroom, After
... Jo has been a bit of a busy bee at home recently, if you've been paying attention. Her Instagram Stories as of late have included lots and LOTS of holiday baking and an impressive bout of attic cleaning (that really should have tipped all of us off).
Congratulations to the Gaines family — soon to be SEVEN — on their new addition! We'll be over here furiously refreshing Jo's feeds in search of nursery sneak peeks.