Fixer Upper' Chip and Joanna Gaines purchased a 129-year-old castle in Texas, and photos suggest it might be the most challenging renovation yet
You might've heard of the show 'Fixer Upper,' or maybe you're a diehard fan of the series already. If you're new, we'll quickly catch you up on the latest news. The show focused on Chip and Joanna Gaines, a power couple that's behind the extremely home renovation show.
Just recently, the pair purchased a historic, 129-year-old German-style castle, that's located in their town of Waco, Texas, which was reported by the Waco Tribune-Herald. Although the exact sale price is unclear, the 4,700-square-foot castle was listed on the market for $425,000 in February, according to the public record.
The property, dubbed Cottonland Castle, needs a massive amount of renovations. The contractor who worked on the castle for its previous owner, Tom Lupfer, estimated the costs of renovation between $600,000 and $1 million. Although it's still not clear what the Gaineses are going to use the castle for, they promised that they're going to undertake all of the necessary renovations that the castle needs. Let's take a look at why this might be their most challenging project yet
The historic 129-year-old German-style castle, known as Cottonland Castle, in Waco, Texas, could be Chip and Joanna Gaines' most challenging renovation yet.
After marrying in 2003, Chip and Joanna Gaines started renovating homes for 10 years before HGTV came along.
'Fixer Upper,' their hit TV series, depicts their transformation of drabby, outdated structures...
... to modern, gorgeous homes of the 21st century.
Their experiences in renovating homes had brought them in both a massive following and fortune
... so giving homes some much-needed TLC wasn't new to this powercouple.
However, the pair was presented with a unique challenge when they were given the historic Cottonland Castle. The property is located in the heart of the Texas town of Waco, where the Gainseses live ...
... and the estate is such a well-known landmark in town that a nearby neighborhood of Castle Heights was named after it. And now, all the attention was focused on the Gaineses to see how they'll transform the property.
A contractor that worked on the castle before, Lupfer, shared with Business Insider that before he started working on the project in 2014, the home hadn't been occupied for 12 years.
Lupfer told Business Insider, "Unoccupied houses do not do well."
There were so many things wrong with the home - from water damage to rotten woodwork and outdated electrical and plumbing systems, as well as a worn stone facade. The castle had an abundance of issues plaguing it.
And that's not where it ends. Extensive cleaning, stone restoring, and fixing the problems with the pool and pool house in the backyard were amongst the many other issues the castle presented.
Lupfer started with describing the kitchen, saying the original room was located in the basement, and a dumbwaiter was used to bring food up to the main floor.
He then let us in on the details, stating that a full-sized kitchen on another floor from the basement was in the works and part of the restoration plan.
But, unfortunately, he said he didn't have the time to actually put his plan into motion.
Aside from all the challenges the castle presented, it truly is a charming find.
Based on the listing, the property has the potential to hold three bedrooms and two full bathrooms.
And, as an added bonus, it has an extraordinary amount of eight whole fireplaces!
Pictured below is one of them, that's beautifully carved out of pink granite ...
... meanwhile the second on this list was carved from French Caen stone.
In the early 1990s, other materials were added into the interior, which included Italian Carrara marble ...
... as well as a gorgeous, Honduran mahogany paneling.
With a design that's from the era of the early 1900s, the castle also has some very pretty diamond-paned windows.
In fact, Lupfer described this specific part of the restoration, and let us tell you - it wasn't easy. Every single little piece of glass had to be removed, glazed, and re-installed.
He added, "We chose to take the originals and, piece by piece, we rebuilt 75 to 85% of all the windows in the house."
One of the most noticeable features of the castle is the front door.
According to the listening, it is a whopping 9-foot-high, 400-pound door made out of oak.
Although these features are beautiful enough on their own, Lupfer stated that there's a load of work that needs to be done.
According to Lupfer, the biggest challenge they were faced with was protecting the home against vandals and weather conditions.
Lupfer said, "That was no small chore by itself."
However, Lupfer stated that the Gaines might have their own way of doing things and they don't necessarily have to follow the restoration plan that he set in motion with Thomspon.
According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, the amounted costs for restorations is around $600,000 to $1 million.
The Gaines, completely unphased by the amount of work that needs to be on this property, have wanted to purchase the place for a long time now.
After being listed on the market for only a couple of days, the Gaines came sweeping in and bought out the property as soon as it went on sale for $425,000 in February.
The Gaines' already had a plan figured out. According to their spokesman, the coupled want to complete "the home's long overdue and well-deserved restoration."
Although it's still unclear about how they're planning on using the historic landmark, and for what purposes.
Most people had a similar idea - it was believed for the longest time that the couple would turn the castle into a bed-and-breakfast since previous owners also played around with the same idea. But, the neighbors pushed back at the thought.
The property has mostly been used as a personal residence in the past. After the Schwan family bought out the castle, many renovations had to be done, which the family took under their wing.
Once they finished up with the renovations, they tried to sell the property for $1.25 million in 1982. For that time period, this price was way too high and it scared buyers away. A price cut was made in 1991, and that's when the castle was finally sold.
In the following period, the castle slowly began to deteriorate and really fall apart.
It's an undeniable fact that the Gaines have a huge workload on their backs for this project ...
... but, this is exactly how the 'Fixer Upper' pair built their $18-million empire, so we can't wait to see the promising results that will surely leave viewers stunned!
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Based on their previous work, we're confident that the pair is going to turn the castle into something absolutely magical. And we can't wait to see the results! Are you a fan of the show? What was your favorite property that the couple transformed? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Business Insider