Josh Hutson liked this little fixer-upper on Encino Drive in Fort Worth so much he bought it. And he fixed ‘er up. Hutson, a Realtor with Keller Williams, lives two streets away in the Western Hills neighborhood. He spent about $32,000 remodeling the home.

Josh Hutson liked this little fixer-upper on Encino Drive in Fort Worth so much he bought it. And he fixed ‘er up.

Hutson, a Realtor with Keller Williams, lives two streets away in the Western Hills neighborhood. He spent about $32,000 remodeling the home.

“It was a smoker’s house for at least 30 or 40 years,” Hutson said. “You could see where the picture frames were hung because of all the tar on the walls. The cool thing is we did about six coats of primer and paint, and it’s a fresh white now.”

Add trendy barn doors, granite counter tops, a new roof, and electrical work, and you’ve got yourself a home.

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Fixer Upper would be so proud

Charming English Tudor in Arlington Heights…already fixer upper’d and ready for move-in (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Let’s face it — we all want to be like Chip and JoJo.  Who am I talking about?  Well if you don’t know then you haven’t been paying attention over the past half-decade.

The craze that Fixer Upper has created of gray paint, white subway tile, clean lines, farm-meets-contemporary style, and of course #shiplap is as prevalent and popular as it has ever been.

It’s not that our favorite Waco family invented gray paint or subway tile … those items have been around for decades. It’s the combination of clean, bright, fresh, modern-yet-classic design that has fascinated millions of wannabe fixer-uppers across the world.

While are seeing homes in Tarrant County sit on the market a little longer than in previous years and prices plateauing, homes that are completely move-in ready and look spectacular are still selling at a brisk pace.

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Real EstateThe North Dallas Chamber of Commerce will examine the economy and new urbanism, a certain shiplap-happy couple will be returning to the airwaves, and we take a look at Texas housing sales, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

NORTH DALLAS CHAMBER HOSTS ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Former Dallas chief of economic development Raquel Favela will be among the speakers at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s annual real estate and economic outlook event to be held Nov. 28 at the Westin Galleria Dallas. (more…)

HGTV

Local military veterans Andy and Ashley Williams helmed HGTV’s Flip or Flop Fort Worth — but did their show return this year? (Photo courtesy HGTV)

This time last year, and it looked like Texas would be plenty represented on HGTV — but with the end of Fixer Upper last season, the number of Texas-based shows on the network dropped to exactly none.

Last season, we saw (in addition to Fixer Upper) the debut of Flip or Flop Fort Worth. Also, the sister network DIY Network offered Texas Flip N’ Move(more…)

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Andy and Ashley Williams took on a Hurst fixer that needed a lot of love in this week’s “Flip or Flop Fort Worth” (photo courtesy HGTV).

I have to say that one of my favorite things about doing these “Flip or Flop Fort Worth” recaps has been getting all this great feedback from readers — especially the requests to help suss out what finishes were used in specific projects.

Last week, we switched gears and recapped the first episode of the last season of “Fixer Upper,” and we got some great questions (we’ll be circling back at the end of the season to recap the finale).

I’m still running down a couple of questions from last week — I’m working on that wallpaper, Jennifer — but I’ve been able to find either the exact item or something that can help duplicate the look (although I’ll keep looking, of course). (more…)

Chip

Chip and Joanna Gaines are back for their last season of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” which premiered Tuesday night.

While there won’t be a “Flip or Flop Fort Worth” recap this week because it’s a repeat, the HGTV gods are still in a giving mood — Tuesday was the premiere of the first episode of the last season of “Fixer Upper.” (more…)

Texas

Andy and Ashley Williams will become the latest Texas-based home renovation stars when their “Flip or Flop Fort Worth” debuts next week on HGTV (Photo courtesy HGTV).

From the final season of “Fixer Upper” to the freshman season of “Flip or Flop Fort Worth,” Texas is home to several home improvement or design shows this fall. HGTV, the DIY Network, and even Great American Country, locals are ready for their close-ups.

As shows begin to roll out their season debuts, we thought we’d take a look at the ones who have been blessed with a full season run, and a couple that are still out there fighting the good fight to get picked up. (more…)

HGTV

The father-daughter team of Doug Broadbent and Paige Poupart own the building and design firm The Masters Dallas. With their new show, Renovation Gap, airing Saturday, they may just be HGTV’s newest Texas team. (Photo courtesy Paige Poupart)

Paige Poupart was already busy — between owning the building and design firm The Masters Dallas with her father, Doug Broadbent, and motherhood, her plate was pretty full. But her days just might get a little fuller now that HGTV has come calling.

Poupart and Broadbent will get a chance to make a case to HGTV viewers Saturday when the pilot for their show, Renovation Gap, airs at 1 p.m. Central.

To say she’s excited is probably an understatement. The father-daughter team working together in the contracting business attracted the home improvement channel, but Poupart says that she and her father have been doing this for years and that she learned the renovation business practically from birth.

“So my dad has been a general contractor for ’35 years,’” she said. “This is such a used phrase (usually when correcting someone who is doing something wrong on the job site) that we actually have an inside joke about it.”

“I grew up renovating our homes with him and then selling them and moving to the next one,” she explained. “Many of these were in New England and historic homes, so I’ve really grown to love the historic character and sensibilities.”

One might think that just living in a state of constant renovation would teach a child enough, but the pair began working together on the jobsites pretty early, too.

“I started working on his jobsites with him probably about around age 10, he offered to pay me to keep the job sites clean, and I was an ambitious girl so I worked after school on his jobsites until he realized I could do more than just pick up track and vacuum sawdust,” she explained.

“He started to offer me more important construction jobs and I told him I wouldn’t work by the hour any longer so he had to pay me by the job.”

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