If you were a faithful “Fixer Upper” viewer, then you probably remember this abandoned house that Chip and Joanna Gaines remodeled in the third-season finale. They call it the Carriage House, and it sits beside the Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast in McGregor, Texas, outside Waco.
They originally gave it a makeover for Rob and Marianne Ward, the semi-retired couple they hired to run the B&B next door. But they just announced that you can rent the Carriage House as a vacation rental home, too.
Let’s take a look back at the home’s transformation and see if it’s a place you’d like to rent on your next visit to the Silos in Waco!
The Carriage House in Waco
The Carriage House was a fairly nondescript ranch-style house that had been vacant for years.
On “Fixer Upper” they described it as being “on the verge of falling in.”
Problems they had to tackle with this one included termites, asbestos and rotted floor joists.
The Carriage House has come a long way since then! Here’s how it looks now:
HGTV.com reported on the Carriage House remodel:
Joanna’s guiding principle in designing for the carriage house was to incorporate as much character as possible and do so in a style that suitably matched that of the recently restored bed and breakfast. On the exterior, larger windows were added along with black shutters, lantern sconces, rustic wood flooring for the enlarged porch and a metal roof that both suits the architecture of the building and ties in visually with the roof on the main building of the B&B.
She opened up the interiors so that you walk into the dining and living areas:
Here’s how the front room looked before:
They added a fireplace to the focal wall with a vintage mantel and built-in bookshelves on either side:
There’s shiplap in the house, now, too, of course!
Off the front room is an office they created for the B&B managers to work in (below).
It has a rustic wooden desk, sliding barn doors and an antique tool bin that serves as a pretty but functional filing system
for things like reservation receipts and room keys.
Joanna added antique French doors as inserts on either side of the door opening into the office.
This is another signature touch of hers we’ve seen in other houses, including the one with modern-farmhouse style
they recently put on the market (see it here).
The Master Bedroom:
An old office space next to the master bedroom was turned into into a spa-like bath
that includes a pedestal tub and walk-in shower:
It also features twin vanities on either side of the tub built by furniture artisan Clint Harp.
The kitchen had fluorescent lighting, peeling wallpaper, and laminate countertops before:
They opened it up to the living and dining spaces to double its footprint
and gave the kitchen a whole new look with gray cabinets and brushed-copper accents:
The new kitchen incorporates a desk and work station, as well as a bench window seat with added storage:
Breaking out of the subway tile rut, they used white beveled tile for this backsplash:
The countertop on the large center island is marble:
Chip and Joanna pose in the finished kitchen in the Season Three finale:
BTW, I get a lot of questions from readers about how “Fixer Upper” worked, so I answered them here:
On Joanna’s blog, she wrote:
The Carriage House was a special project for us, and I love that this particular project was our season finale. This home was moved into the backyard of the Magnolia House property as the guest quarters for the main house in the late 80s, which was also about the last time it was updated.
The Carriage House Before and After:
Joanna adds, “The exterior of the Carriage House was in bad shape. Its roof was damaged and it seemed off-balance. I knew we’d need to add a second window on the right side of the home to add that much-needed balance.
“We also enlarged the windows to bring in natural light, painted the siding, added shutters for definition, and installed a metal roof. This roof complimented the ranch-style of the home’s exterior and also tied into the roof on the Magnolia House.
“To warm up the blues and silvers, we went with a wooden door and stained the front porch to match.”
They sent an email to their former guests at The Magnolia House announcing the Carriage House is now a rental.
It sleeps 6 guests and will run $695/night, available on weekends from March until the end of Summer.
If you want to snag a spot, book it now. As you can imagine, their rentals fill up fast. You can also see if there are openings at The Magnolia House and the larger Hillcrest Estate rental they manage, but they are more expensive.
I think it’s pretty brilliant of them to continue to open rentals, stores, restaurants, and other venues their fans can visit in Waco. They’ve turned their town into a Disneyland for people who are hooked on houses! 🙂