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Fixer Upper: Flip House to Family Project

January 02, 2018

At long last, Jo's sister Mikey and brother-in-law David are moving back to Waco with their five kids. With a few design tweaks, the property Chip and Jo have just started to flip—in a great neighborhood and Waco's best school district—happens to be perfect for their extended family. This project is Fixer Upper's most personal one yet, and a true labor of love.

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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."

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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?!'"

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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.

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Dining Patio

Upholstered bench seating and an all-weather dining set give the McCalls' new front patio the feel of an intimate café.

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