AT HOME | a blog by Joanna Gaines

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!





Hand crafted island: Harp Design Co


Living Room

Sitting Room

{All interior photos by Molly Winn Photography}


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  • Roger Rinehart
    12:41 pm, April 24, 2017
    Hi Chip and Joanna: I was sorry to see that someone was trying to profit off of your popularity. They are using your name and image to sell face cream. I suggest you do a commercial parody with Joanna's image the before picture and Chip's image with a Joanna wig and a couple blacked out teeth the after picture. Love You Guys' Stay STRONG in The LORD!! Roger
  • Vesna
    7:16 am, April 20, 2017
    Dear joanna
    I love your style as well as your laugh. You two are wonderful.
    Love greetings vesna from serbia
    10:57 pm, April 13, 2017
    I got a do not send on an email?? I was very positive?? only negative, I feel - when are you going to paint those silos white, they look awful. other than that , I appreciate God fearing folks, like me, and I commended you, for it in the past. love, the places you redid, and the friendly folks, up there, I grew up on a dairy farm in Canada, am Itallian, haven't met many Itallians where I live thow.
  • Tammy Gill
    4:44 pm, April 12, 2017
    My sister lives in Jamison, Pa and has adopted 7 children along with her biological son Nico, it's a shame you don't go out of the Waco area to redo homes.
  • Melissa Johnson
    9:54 pm, April 4, 2017
    What is the exterior paint color name? Thanks!
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