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Were In Trouble Chip And Joanna Land In A Hot Mess On Fixer Upper
'We're in Trouble': Chip and Joanna Land in a Hot Mess on 'Fixer Upper'
Who would have thought Chip Gaines gets tongued-tied about, well, anything? Yet in the latest episode of “Fixer Upper,” we see a whole new side to Chip, thanks to his typically more reserved half, Joanna. Talk about a role reversal!
In “Rustic Italian Dream Home,” Chip and Joanna are tasked with remodeling a four-bedroom, three-bath home in Waco, TX, for Jenny andRamil Ignacio and their four children. They pay $315,000 to purchase what Chip calls the “Hot Sauce House” because it has some very unfortunate Tabasco sauce wallpaper, as well as a bunch of other unsavory features.
Yes, you got that right. Tabasco sauce wallpaper.
The Ignacios want a Tuscan-style villa and can afford about $120,000 for renovations. But can Chip and Jo—famed for farmhouse chic—pull off Tuscan? Chip isn’t so sure, saying, “We’re in big trouble.”
But Joanna says, “I can do this,” telling him that she has Italian blood.
“Oh yeah,” Chip retorts. “You’re about as Italian as the pope.”
This is true: Pope Francis is from Argentina. And insiders know that Joanna has set the record straight about her ethnic background on her blog: “Although I did play Pocahontas in high school, I am not Native American. My father is half Lebanese/half German and my mother is full Korean.”
Nonetheless, Italian or no, Chip and Jo bravely sally forth on what Joanna proclaims could be “our most dramatic transformation.” Here’s how they pull it off.
Tuscanize the exterior
It’s amazing what a fresh, creamy coat of paint will do over brick and siding. The Gaines also add rustic wood shutters and a matching door, and replace the brick on the chimney and columns with stone.
Solve the poop problem
The Ignacios decide they need a half-bath on the ground floor near the back door. However, Chip discovers that this part of the house has only a 2-inch sewer line. To process bathroom waste, a 4-inch sewer line is needed, but it would cost a bowel-churning $10,000 to install. So Chip comes up with the idea of installing a grinder pump for $3,000 that would, well, grind poop to fit through a 2-inch pipe.
The only problem is conveying this good news to the family, because as Joanne says with a smirk, “Chip can’t talk about poop.”
“She’s always talking about poop,” Chip says in his defense. “And sometimes more inappropriate things than that.”
Bathroom banter aside, it’s up to Joanna to describe the situation to the Ignacios and ask them which option they’d prefer. Because of this, she takes full credit for the idea, which gets Chip complaining, “She needs to grow up.”
Make the garage-to-living room conversion work
Before the Ignacios bought the place, the garage had been converted to a living room that, alas, looks like a rectangular box with a few windows and low ceiling. So Chip and Jo vault the ceiling and add rustic-looking beams as well as french doors to let in more light. They also install a cabinet that looks like an Italian country armoire.
Soften the harsh angles
In its original condition, the home is full of rectangular brick and right-angled doorways. Joanna softens those angles and amps up the rustic Italian influence by making arched passageways between rooms and softening the harsh corners of the brick fireplace by covering it with white plaster and angling the chimney.
Douse the hot sauce
The Tabasco wallpaper border has to go, and so do the cheesy chair rail, the brown beadboard below, and the linoleum floor. It’s time to take out the cheese! Joanna covers the walls in smooth white plaster, adds some rustic french doors, and lines the floor in Italian terra-cotta tile.
Expand the kitchen
A full kitchen remodel is common in “Fixer Upper,” but Joanna really outdoes herself with this one. She rips out a wall (of course), adds a huge island (of course) with a marble countertop, and lines the backsplash in handmade tile. A double Sub-Zero refrigerator and new windows finish off what Joanna calls one of her “favorite kitchens of all time.” She admits she even has “kitchen envy.”
Perhaps one of the reasons that the Gaines are so excited about this remodel is the fact that they finished before the deadline and under budget. They spent $119,000 on the remodel, so the total project cost $434,000, and now Chip says it’s worth around $470,000.
And what do the Ignacios think of it?
“This is my dream home,” cries Jenny, literally through tears of joy. “It has exceeded my expectations!”
Even Chip—toilet trauma aside—has to agree, calling this remodel “the best of our career, for sure!”
Raul Acuña - Raul has been in the Real Estate Industry since 2005. Raul began working at an REO brokerage before opening his own REO company in 2010. Raul has a business degree from Cal Poly Pomona, ....
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