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!






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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  • Leslie Ann Drahnak
    8:03 pm, March 27, 2017
    Joanne you are amazing you have inspired me to make my home absolutely beautiful and without spending a fortune very smart I watch your show every Tuesday thank you for being a role model for me sincerely Leslie Ann drakhnak
  • Art & Cheryl Forester
    3:10 pm, March 12, 2017
    You two are pretty special - God has given you a great way to show His love without being preachy
  • Berty
    7:02 am, March 10, 2017
    Beautiful !!!!! Prachtige renovatie !!!!
  • Maryann
    3:40 pm, March 7, 2017
    This was my favorite house done on "Fixer Upper". The Gaines did an outstanding job on this house!
  • Pam
    1:32 pm, March 6, 2017
    This was a beautiful redo. We actually stayed at this house for a weekend girls trip. Since owners never moved in the house, it had been turned into a day care center with bright murals painted all over the walls. According to a Waco news article, when that didn't go over, the owners turned into rental property. It's a shame it wasn't the same as it was when decorated by the Gaines.
    And the cameras everywhere in the home and gunshots during the night didn't make us feel very comfortable.
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