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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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  • April
    9:14 pm, March 27, 2017
    This was wonderful!
  • Judith Pilling
    11:24 am, March 21, 2017
    Rest In Peace Mrs. Graham, hope Mr. Graham is doing ok. God Bless, best gift you could've given her, I know.
  • Avery
    6:54 am, March 19, 2017
    Anyone know where the gray/blue striped bedding is from?
  • Linda Salvato
    8:37 am, March 18, 2017
    Just saw this episode, and was worried when I saw the condition of Mrs. Graham. That said, it brought tears to my eyes when she was looking at everything you did like a child's first glance at all the presents under the Christmas tree. I prayed that she would get better - the laundry room really sent the tears flowing - knowing how that must have just tickled her! I just discovered that she passed two months after the renovation was complete, so I am hanging my head now. But I have to believe that in her last months you gave her a joy of "home ownership" that she probably had not had the opportunity to feel previously. You guys are the best. And I absolutely LOVE what you did with the house. Any chance you could give me a range of what the renovation would cost in today's market? Thinking of looking at some neglected homes and doing the same thing (or at least TRY to do the same thing, lol!). Keep up the good work, and keep loving each other and those beautiful kiddos!
  • Fran
    3:01 pm, March 12, 2017
    Love your program. Great software you use. Does the buyer buy the furniture you use?
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