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Creating French Country in the Texas Suburbs

Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper help a family that wants to downsize to a casual country home that offers European flair with easy access to Lake Waco. Will their sizable $650,000 budget be enough to find French Country in Waco, Texas?
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From: Fixer Upper

Location, Location, Location

Jeff and Michelle Sanders loved the home they raised their two children in but were tired of being so far from friends and work. They called upon the hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines, to help them get their perfect home in the perfect location.

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From: Chip Gaines

Initial Impressions

When home-seekers Jeff an Michelle pulled up to this suburban '60s rancher, they were both apprehensive. Jeff didn't like anything about the home's traditional style and awkward bay windows. Chip and Joanna felt that the size and location were right and, with some creative modifications, this home could suit the family's needs — and then some.

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From: Chip Gaines

The Possibilities

Before: While the Sanders weren't going for the home's existing 1960s look, they were intrigued by Joanna's plans to transform it in the fashion of a French country estate. The less than $500,000 asking price of the home left plenty of room to make Jeff and Michelle's dream a reality.

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Photo: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images. From: Chip Gaines.

Surreal Reveal

After: "Unreal" was the first word out of new homeowner Jeff Sander's mouth as he saw their newly transformed home. A quaint French country theme was achieved by painting the exterior brick in eggshell white and the shutters a calming blue. The dormers and driveway were also rounded out to add an old-world cottage feel.

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