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Episode 01 - The Gorman Story

November 11, 2015

The Gorman Story

This stunning home in Waco, Texas didn’t have such a promising future just a few months ago. The 2,600 square foot house built in 1930 was old, dilapidated, filthy, falling apart, and most of all, uninhabitable. After years of neglect, it became a den for hoarders. The City of Waco resorted to “green tagging” the home, declaring it not safe for occupancy. Upon seeing this house, Charmaine and Chuck were a little scared of the house at first, but trusted Chip and Jo to put their hands to work and restore it.

Charmaine and Chuck wanted to see the home become functional for their family while maintaining the original character and charm. The existing floor plan was awkward and closed off and offered no space for their daughter to play. Joanna and Chip transformed this house into a beautiful home and couldn’t wait to reveal the project on the first episode of HGTV’s Fixer Upper!






Porch planters: Debbie at Green Life Nursery 




Hand crafted island: Harp Design Co
Granite countertops: Brazilian Black: Design Superstore





Light fixture, table & chairs: Four Hands
Tray centerpiece: Magnolia Market – $30-60
Letters: Found

Living Room



Couch, coffee table, pillows, arm chairs, bakers rack: Four Hands
Tray centerpiece: Magnolia Market – $30-60

Sitting Room

Coffee table: Four Hands
Iron pendant light: Magnolia Market – $595 each
Mantle decor: Found

Charlie’s Playroom

Metal letters – Stars Over Texas

{All interior photos by Molly Winn Photography}

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  • Sandi Hovis
    2:16 pm, January 31, 2017
    Why did this house not meet chuck and Charmaine's needs after they chose it?
  • Kelly Huggler
    1:45 pm, January 31, 2017
    I love this house. I recently traveled to Waco with my husband to look for information about my great grandmother Mary Gorman. Her father, Patrick helped bring the railroad to Waco. We had such a good time looking at this house and imagining what life was like in Waco in 1890. We also loved visiting the Silos. I found a cool vintage map of Waco. I found the church they attended. I love that you have revitalized that area of Waco, Texas. Gigi lived most of her adult life in a chic Georgetown townhouse in Washington DC, she was always proud Texan. I know she is cheering on your efforts to revitalize her hometown.
  • Robert (Bob) Wilmering
    4:48 pm, January 29, 2017
    Absolutely love what you do. I am a builder in St. Louis Mo. and I wonder if you have ever worked with a long distant client or have any interest. I would love to show you some of my builds. Can't help thinking, as a team would could really create some beautiful homes in my area. Dying to hear back from you.
  • Louise Peters
    12:31 pm, January 19, 2017
    Some of my favourite episodes of "Fixer Upper" have been the ones where a home such as this one, that would be considered a tear down by most people, has been revived and renewed to be a beautiful home once again. It takes a special vision and dedication to implement this and carry it through to completion. My wish is that these earlier episodes of "Fixer Upper" were available for sale on DVD. I would love to be able to revisit these earlier shows.
  • Beverly Evans
    12:40 pm, January 12, 2017
    What a beautiful job was done, love it, of course there is nothing that I don't like about Chip and Joanne
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