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Episode 05 - The Graham House

January 11, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Graham’s house had not been updated since the time it was built. It was just a small two bedroom house with one bathroom and a closed-off floorplan. Their personal design style is Traditional, which of course we were more than happy to tackle. This project was very special because it was brought to us by Robert Griffin III’s Family of 3 Foundation. Family of 3 is a non profit foundation that benefits struggling military families. Their generous giving and support helped make this project a possibility for this special family. Along with Robert’s foundation, the community of Waco also rallied around this project and helped by donating labor and materials to get us to the finish line. 

Objective: Create an open floor plan where the kitchen, dining and living are in the same main space so it would be open for the grandchildren.

Objective: Create a comfortable space for the Grahams to relax.

Objective: Create a true master bedroom and bathroom suite.

Objective: Replace the original garage with a functional, full-sized laundry room. Build a carport for parking.

Objective: We wanted to do an overall update and add a porch they could enjoy. We also wanted to put in a backyard garden for growing vegetable and herbs.

Q. Have you been able to harvest anything from your herb garden yet?

A. Yes, my dad plants greens every year, so we have been enjoying them all winter.

Q. What was it like working with RGIII?

A. Robert is a great guy, and we certainly couldn’t have completed the project without him or the people at the Family of Three foundation. We actually went to a Rangers game with him and my dad threw out the first pitch.

Q. We know that Mr. Graham is an army veteran and many spaces in the home reflect that. Does he have a favorite touch?

A. Yes, he loves the antique flag in the living room. He was in the United States Army for 8 years and then served in the Texas National Guard after that. His time in the military totaled 42 years, so that detail was definitely something special for him.

Thank you Mr. Graham for your dedication and service to our country. Also, we wanted to thank RGIII for letting us be a part of his amazing foundation and to the Waco community for all the support on this project. 

This project was special to us for so many different reasons. We were honored to work with the Grahams and during this entire process they became like family to us. Unfortunately, a few months after this reveal, Mrs. Graham passed away. Our love and prayers go out to the Graham family, and we hope this home continues to be a refuge for their loved ones for many years to come.



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  • Robin Arney
    10:55 am, January 23, 2017
    Are we going to be able to buy the Metal Army Song that you placed in the Graham house? My dad is a Vietnam Vet diagnosed with Agent Orange and I would like to purchase this sign for him.
  • Karen Winkler
    1:01 pm, January 22, 2017
    The dining room chairs are part of Magnolia Home furniture collection. They are the primitive Windsor metal hoop chair.
  • Lynn Benson
    1:57 am, January 22, 2017
    Please name the paint colors on the wall that you are using. Soft white does not help me. So love what you and your husband are doing. Blessings to you and Chip and your adorable family. Already on your email list.
  • Robin A Mcgrady
    10:55 pm, January 21, 2017
    Love you guys
  • Shirley jo
    3:01 pm, January 21, 2017
    Wonderful Folks. So cool you could do this for them. At first in the show when you said you were gonna put the laundry in the garage, both my husband and I said "don't make her go to the garage to do wash!" of course you didn't. Only thing is....that beautiful bed you had for them is pretty high for a small little lady like Mrs. Graham to jump into.
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