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My Greatest Accomplishment in 2019 – The Waco Fixer Upper Home Remodel

Today I am sharing my greatest accomplishment in 2019. There is no doubt It was the renovation of our Waco Fixer Upper home.

Dining room at the waco fixer upper home

I have finally started looking back at 2019. I can’t believe the year is almost over and it is already New Year’s Eve. Today I have joined some other bloggers and we are sharing our greatest accomplishment for 2019. (Be sure and head to the end of this blog post to see all of their amazing accomplishments this year.) I had no trouble choosing my biggest accomplishment for 2019.  It has to be the remodel of our Waco fixer upper home. 

Guest bedroom at the waco fixer upper home

Guest bathroom at the Waco fixer home

We bought a small fixer upper home on a one half acre lot in Waco, Tx in the fall of 2018 and started renovations in late 2018. We bought the home to restore it and rent it out as an Airbnb. We have finished the remodel of our home and we are very close to getting it listed on Airbnb.

I thought the best way to take a look back at the Waco home remodel is to look at Before and After photos. The change to the home is quite dramatic and I can’t even believe what we did when I look at the photos.

The Waco Fixer Upper Home


waco fixer upper before exterior

The home was built in 1912 and was in really bad shape. There were animal stains on the floor, rats running around and a smell that you would not believe. Everything had to be replaced. And I mean absolutely everything. The photo above is what it looked like the day we bought it,

The Before photo of the front of the home clearly shows that the front roof was sagging. It’s not surprising since the only thing holding it up was some decorative ironwork!

I was determined to add a wrap-around porch to the house. Unfortunately, the only way to do that was to add an entirely new roof. The roof was definitely a “change order” but well worth it. The exterior of the house looks so different now!

Here is the “after” photo of the exterior of our home.

Waco fixer upper exterior airbnb

We decided to add an addition to the back of the home which includes half of the kitchen, the laundry room, and the master bedroom and bath. We added a lot of square footage to the home, especially if you include the wrap around porch.

When I designed the floor plan, I wanted to create a large living area that would be great for groups of women and large families. I moved the living room, dining room, and kitchen to the left side of the home. And the bedrooms were all relocated on the right side of the home.

The plans were drawn by my sister in law, Sandy Saeta. Sandy saved me! She did all of the CAD drawings, helped me with every construction question and drew every room for me. She saved me from a lot of heartaches and from making some pretty major mistakes! If you are considering a remodel and looking for someone to draw up plans, you should contact my sister-in-law Sandy at Sandy McDaniel Designs.

This is what the living room and dining area look like now. The new furniture is from Overstock. I purchased all of the vintage pieces at the Round Top Antiques show.

christmas in the waco fixer upper airbnb

This is a peek at what the living room used to look like. I don’t really have much to say about this.

The front bedroom now looks like this. All of the furnishings are from Bed Bath and Beyond.

And here is the before photo of the bedroom. The floors look good because there is a plastic liner on top. And I should probably mention the glass windows in this room were plastic. I am not kidding.

before photo of the guest bedroom in the waco fixer upper home

I mentioned that I really wanted a wrap-around porch. Look how great this new porch is!

wrap around porch in the waco fixer upper home

This is what the house looked like without the porch.

before photo of the waco fixer upper home

And here is the porch during construction. The huge Oak tree is my favorite thing about our lot. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful the porch is overlooking that tree.

porch construction at the waco fixer upper home

I have always felt the kitchen is the heart of any home and our Waco home is no exception. I absolutely love how it turned out. A lot of people have mentioned how much this kitchen reminds them of our kitchen in our Pasadena home. I think they are all right!

kitchen at the waco fixer upper home

The cabinets are from Semi Handmade, the appliances are from ZLINE, the countertops are from Hanstone Quartz and the accessories and small appliances are from Bed Bath and Beyond. The hanging lights are from Hudson Valley Lighting.

This is the before area where we added the kitchen extension. Would you believe I found matching vintage floors and ceilings on facebook? They were in the Marketplace.

Before photos of the Waco fixer upper kitchen

Here is a view of the dining room and living room.

Waco fixer upper dining room

And this is where the dining room was originally located.

Before photo of the waco fixer upper dining room

This was a fun project and to be honest it was difficult at times. But it was definitely my greatest accomplishment in 2019. Stay tuned for the announcement when the home will be available to rent.

In case you are wondering what I have planned for 2020, I have been working really hard to make some big changes. I cannot wait to share them with you!

Now let’s see what my favorite bloggers listed as their greatest accomplishments in 2019.

End of Year Hop Tuesday 01

Designthusiasm | On Sutton Place | Maison de Cinq

End of Year Hop Tuesday 03

French Country Cottage | Thistlewood Farms | Town & Country Living

End of Year Hop Tuesday 02

Cherished Bliss | My 100 Year Old Home | Rooms for Rent

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Waco Fixer Upper Airbnb

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14 Responses

  1. We love you , waco,roundtop,your funny husband. We also love all your 5 children. Thanks for making our homes beautiful. Emily Johnson

  2. Absolutely stunning! I loved how you shared the before mess and after beauty. It really shows how much work was involved to beautify this home!👏🏻

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous. You have exquisite taste. Please tell me where did you purchase that great dining room table???

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