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Episode 10 - The Raggedy Ranch

November 11, 2015

Chip and Jo’s clients first fell in the love with the property surrounding this home, but weren’t completely sold on “The Raggedy Ranch”, appropriately named for its rundown appearance. This mother and daughter team wanted to install modern updates to this house as well as update the exterior and landscape, giving them space to pursue gardening and future farm animals. Although a promising fit for the Silva’s family of three, this house needed serious updates with hints of modern design.

Joanna’s first challenge was to blend her client’s modern preferences with the ranch style of the home. She hoped to seamlessly combine natural elements from the five acre lot into the overall design. On the exterior, Chip and Jo started by cleaning up the front yard and removing the trees per the client’s request, as the trees were too close to the foundation.  Next, Joanna extended the front door so that it could be seen from the street and painted the brick gray. They also added shutters, exterior sconces, new windows and new landscaping. Once lost and unnoticed, the exterior instead became welcome and added to the curb appeal of the property.

Inside the layout of the home was dark and choppy, contrary to the client’s style and preference. The Silva family preferred open floor plans and wanted to create a fluid living space. Instead of preserving the tight entry way, Joanna designed an open concept in which they removed the walls from the entry to the living, dining and kitchen.

The living room was updated with new lighting, floors, trim and a fresh coat of light gray paint. In order to make room for the new open floor plan, Joanna had to cut down the fireplace, which was painted white and fitted with a fresh cedar mantle. Joanna hired Jimmy Don to create an iron sign for the family reading “I love you to the moon and back”, which was fitting because the client worked at Spacex in Waco.

In the kitchen two load bearing walls were removed and internal headers were installed for structural support. Joanna incorporated new French doors leading to the sunroom in the back and designed a built-in cafe style breakfast nook. Because the clients enjoyed cooking, Joanna added new shelving and built-in cabinets for cookbooks and kitchen supplies. To complete the kitchen, silestone quart countertops were installed with an Arizona tile in “Soho Glacier Stack” as well as new modern-esque pendant lighting to complement the timeless elements.

The breakfast nook lacked character and interest, so Joanna designed and installed a custom bench a table that fit the corner perfectly. She also added a new light fixture, French doors and another sign from Jimmy Don in order to tie in the cafe style theme.

One of the most interesting rooms in the house was the sunroom. This space became the perfect spot for the client’s young child to play. Chip and Jo installed new flooring, electrical fixtures and sheetrock which was painted gray. Joanna also designed a table built by Clint Harp for the client’s son so that he could play legos, do homework or make crafts. For the final touch, Joanna installed custom shelving comprised of metal piping and cedar wood, adding both interest and functionality.

The laundry room was cut in half in order to create more space for a shower in the master bathroom. In the new mudroom, Chip and Jo added a small custom cabinet for storage. Joanna also designed a corner space for backpacks and shoes, in hopes of helping the clients stay organized in this tight space.

Although the back bedroom did not require many changes, Chip and Jo added new flooring and lighting and painted the walls gray. In the bathroom they installed a new shower with mosaic square wall tiles and white 6 by 12 glass tile. In addition to the shower, Joanna selected new flooring, a vanity, countertops and lighting for this space.

Although this was a smaller renovation project, the simple changes and updates went a long way and transformed this outdated home into a balanced modern home. Chip and Jo were honored to help their clients find a fresh start in this home located on a great piece of property. In the end, this ranch style home became a modern and functional space for the Silva family.


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  • Julie S.
    1:07 pm, March 28, 2017
    Where can I find the kitchen backsplash and the couch from this episode?
  • Lynda Peil
    10:57 am, March 27, 2017
    Did you ever think of planting a Magnolia tree on each property you renovate?
  • Alice
    3:22 pm, March 25, 2017
    What is the color paint in the mud room? I'm a huge fan of your show!
  • Michelle
    10:31 am, March 12, 2017
    Love the exterior paint colors for the brick and the pretty shutters! Which brand and color of paint did you use for the (once) raggedy ranch? Thank you!
  • Ashley
    9:20 pm, February 20, 2017
    Hello where can I get this couch??
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