Jordan and Rachel, along with their three young kids, needed a home where they could spread out, but also where they could gather as a family. The house they chose was an undertaking, but the fact it was on land and had more than enough wide open space for their kids to play and grow made it a fun project to tackle. The Barker family loves the farmhouse style, and we decided to give it its own unique style by incorporating a European feeling as well.
Objective: Open up the floor plan and create a kitchen and living room.
This island was made by our carpenter and friend, Clint Harp. We designed it to be a primitive farm table for bar seating, but also to serve as storage.
We didn’t have to move the footprint of the kitchen or dining spaces, which made everything, including planning, just a little easier in this space.
The island’s dark stain, along with the antique pantry door and the bronze pendant lights warmed up all of the white backsplash and cabinetry.
The patterned tile behind the oven was also hand painted and added a focal point to the kitchen.
We chose a handmade, painted terra cotta tile backsplash to add an interesting texture and character to the kitchen.
This simple natural wood header beam keeps the dining room and kitchen defined without closing them off from one another.
The dining area is one of the very first spaces you see when coming through the entryway. I love the way it flows right into the kitchen. We decided on a light paint color and another 2 sets of antique doors in here leading to the home office to keep things neutral and seamless.
Objective: Update and rework the fireplace to be the anchor of the family room.
We added these wooden beams to highlight the unique vault of the ceiling.
The fireplace was definitely the anchor of the entire main living space. It was out of date and needed something to freshen up its look. We decided to keep the original shape and character of it, but cover the brick in white stucco to give it a more modern look.
Objective: A private office was at the top of the wish list for Jordan, who works from home.
A private home office was at the top of the must-have list for the Barker family. Jordan spends some time working from home, and needed a quiet workspace. We used extra square footage off of the main living space to create this addition.
This room’s renovation was just cosmetic. Other than sectioning off this space for the office, it just took paint, trim, a new window for ample natural light and a light fixture.
Objective: Bump out the master bedroom, and add a gable to the exterior. Update the bedroom and bathroom.
We bumped out the front of the house to add extra space for a master suite. This doubled as a way for us to add a little bit of interest to the exterior of the house—which was previously very boring and one dimensional.
A double vanity is something the Barkers requested, so we did a large double vanity and two separate white framed mirrors with marble countertops.
I wanted the master bathroom to match the European style of the home, so we decided on classic white subway tile layered with a dark gray wainscoting.
The Barkers didn’t need a tub, so we decided to go with this large walk-in subway tile shower.
What made you decide to build your Fixer Upper out in the country as opposed to a home in the city of Waco?
We lived near downtown Waco for 9 years and loved it, but we always had the country in our hearts. We had been casually searching for some land for about a year, so when we saw this property we were excited to be able to pursue something outside of town.
How do you plan on using your land?
Part of our reason for moving to the country was a desire to do homesteading of some kind. We love the idea of using produce from a garden or chickens to give back to the community. We have also played around with fun ideas like a pumpkin patch, flower fields, or a Christmas tree farm.
What was one of your favorite things about the renovation process?
One of my favorite things was the level of involvement. It’s nice to share your input and opinions about the design of the home, but then relinquish all of the details. There isn’t pressure to be focused on every little part, and we were able to trust the design would come out to reflect our style.
I love the way we were able to take a home that was so opposite of what this family needed, and made it a functional and beautiful family home for the Barkers! Chip and I hope they are happy here for years to come!