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The Waco Fixer Upper Home Exterior is Done

Waco Fixer Upper Home porch

Can you believe it? This is our new front porch on our Waco Fixer Upper Home! It’s painted and decorated and the house numbers are on. The yard and fence are done and the grass is in. Even the flower beds are planted! Let’s take a quick look back to see how the front of this home has been transformed.

Waco Fixer Upper Home before photo

I took this picture of our Waco home on the day we closed escrow. When I look at this I do wonder, “What was I thinking”? When we opened the door, rats ran across the floor and it smelled so bad we could hardly breathe.

Take a close look at the front porch. Basically, there are no supports holding it up. Just decorative railing. Can you imagine? That’s the reason the front roof is sagging in a really big way.

Waco Fixer Upper Home foundation repair

The first thing we did was fix the foundation. The pier and beams were not supported correctly and fortunately, it was a pretty quick fix. (This was also the day I found out we couldn’t salvage the windows. The “glass” in most of the windows was actually plastic. Note to self … when buying a home make sure the glass windows are actually glass.)

Waco Fixer Upper Home wrap around porch

Next, we added the foundation for the wrap around porch. I wanted a wrap around porch really badly and I was determined to make this porch happen. Fortunately, I got my way.

Waco Fixer Upper Home new roof

Unfortunately, there was no way the existing roof line would work with the new wrap around porch. So rather than apply a gazillion bandaid solutions, I bit the bullet and decided to take off the old roof and add a new one. This allowed for a continuous roof and porch line. This was not in the budget but had to happen.

Waco Fixer Upper Home construction

Once the roof was finished we were able to start constructing the porch. Although you can’t tell, the side porch is one and a half times longer than the front porch.

Waco Fixer Upper Home new wrap around porch

The new siding was also added and we went ahead and covered the door hole as we waited for the new door to arrive. Next, the trim and vertical pillars were added. 

Waco Fixer Upper Home curb appeal project

The front door arrived shortly thereafter and was installed. Next, we added the porch railing. Since this photo was taken, we worked every day on the project. And now the Waco Fixer Upper Front of the house is done.

Are you ready to see the final reveal?

Click here to see how I partnered with Home Depot to make it happen.

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13 Responses

  1. Oh my gosh!😱 What a difference! Doesn’t look like the same house! You did an amazing job on it! And I saved the white paint color-I’m about to paint my trim white. Thank you! Now I can’t wait to see the inside reveal! Congratulations! I know it’s been a lot of work.

  2. It looks awesome! Will it be ready to rent in September?
    My husband and I are planning a trip to look at real estate. What you’ve done is inspiring to me but would scare the crap out of my husband! Lol

  3. Oh my!!! I missed this part of the journey with this house! I just found you a few months ago and I’m so glad I did! All the things you have done since I’ve been following along, well, amazing just doesn’t seem to cover it! I cannot wait to see the full reveal!

  4. Wow! What a transformation! You did a great job! Will this be a vacation home, rental or do you plan to sell it?

  5. Leslie this is so beautiful! What a stunning transformation. Home Depot for the win! Just remarkable 👍 Can’t wait for the full reveal and your magic continuing 💖 Bravo


  6. So beautiful Leslie, as with everything you do! Your attention to detail is amazing. Love the clean look of the black and white on the porch. I’m looking forward to you sharing more. 👏👏👏

  7. It is gorgeous Leslie! I have always loved wrap around porches. I have black rockers on my front porch too and just love them. I just wish I had a bigger porch. You are such a talent. I can’t wait to see the whole house finished.

    1. Congratulations Leslie! You never cease to amaze me and you’ve done it again with ‘this Fixer in Waco. Professional speaking, you’ve done a superb job. This home is simply gorgeous. Bravo!!! Can’t wait to see the interior.

  8. Leslie,
    Amazing transformation!
    Adding wooden porch post made a huge difference!
    Love the shutters and new door, as well!
    Landscaping and walkways are extremely important to me. . .
    even more so that plant choices, but all of yours are gorgeous and welcoming!
    Congratulations on completing the exterior!

    1. I do too Lynn. I really wanted a wrap around covered porch and worked hard to figure out how to make it happen. It was worth every ounce of effort!

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