Hey guys! I just got back from Chicago where we moved our son Jake into his new apartment (I miss him already!). While I was there, I saw a story on the news about a “Fixer Upper” house in Waco that was seriously damaged when a drunk driver drove his car into the front of it.
As soon as I got home, I looked it up to see which house it was. They dubbed it the “Three Little Pigs House” when it appeared during the third season.
I remembered the house and was sad to hear about the accident. It was so adorable when Chip and Joanna were done with it!
The “Three Little Pigs House” from Fixer Upper
The house is hardly recognizable in the “before” photos.
Here’s what happened to the house, according to the Waco Tribune:
Police say a man suspected of drunken driving smashed his car through the front of a “Fixer Upper” home in North Waco early Saturday morning, capping more than a year of frustration for its owners, who feel their complaints about neighborhood crime have gone unheard.
The owners, Ken and Kelly Downs, sleeping in an interior bedroom at the time of the crash, weren’t hurt, but their house sustained considerable damage. The car broke through an exterior wall and a parallel interior wall of a front room office.
The Waco Tribune reported the drunk driver was found in a Hyundai Accent wedged inside the house:
Tires left grooves in the sloped front lawn but didn’t leave any apparent damage on the front porch, seeming to indicate the car went over the porch, crashing through a railing and two walls.
In the home renovation by Chip and Joanna Gaines, a brick fireplace had been relocated in the office and likely was what stopped the car. The next room the car would have hit, was the bedroom where they were sleeping when the crash happened, Kelly Downs said.
While the Downses encountered some problems with their home after moving in, the neighborhood had issues they did not expect: late-night noise from nearby bars, suspicious activity and push-back, some of it anti-‘Fixer Upper,’ from local residents when they complained to police.
UPDATE: After the show, the homeowners listed the house on Airbnb. I originally linked to it, but the house has since sold and is no longer available to rent. The new owner contacted me and reports that he loves it there and has had no problems with his neighbors or the neighborhood in general. I’m happy to hear that!
Learn more about the accident and see the damage the house sustained in the Waco Tribune.
Read more about the makeover on the Magnolia Market blog (photos by Rachel Whyte).