HGTV has been home to some of the biggest stars over the years. Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead are the team behind the renovation show Flip or Flop while twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott have created a considerable number of hits over the years, including Property Brothers, Brother vs. Brother, and Brothers Take New Orleans. As if that wasn’t enough, Hilary Farr and David Visentin have become household names thanks to their show Love It or List It. However, there is one couple that appears to have been on everyone’s lips the last few years: Chip and Joanna Gaines. The husband and wife team have often turned the most run-down houses into incredible family homes thanks to their renovation show Fixer Upper. Although the couple are used to helping others thanks to their incredible talents, they have since bought their own brand new adventure to keep them busy.
HGTV has welcomed many hit TV shows over the years, but it wasn’t long before Fixer Upper became a favorite with fans everywhere. Chip and Joanna Gaines were the leading couple behind the series as they would take families to three different houses that all needed a repair or two.
Once they had decided on the property, Chip acted as the leading contractor while Joanna was in charge of the design. Sadly, Fixer Upper came to an end in April 2018 as they bid goodbye to HGTV. However, this was only the beginning as the couple now had all the time they needed to work on their brand new adventure.
A new network
Believe it or not, but Fixer Upper might not have been the last we get to see of Chip and Joanna Gaines. No, there have been many rumors that the couple will soon be teaming up with Discovery to create their very own network. There might not be anything set in stone, but it looks like this couple still have plenty more yet to give on TV. It’s thought Chip and Joanna want to fill their new network.
This means everything from cooking shows to children’s series, and, of course, a few home renovation shows or two along the way. The couple have plenty of experience with young ones as they are currently busy raising their five children, but Joanna confesses that she needed to learn how to have fun again. Their own network was the perfect start of the challenge. However, they needed more. Something much more.
Searching for a challenge
The couple have found many ways to relax and unwind over the years, but it appears as though there is one that has grabbed Joanna’s attention more than others: gardening. Yes, this designer admits that heading out into the yard is the perfect way to bring her entire family together as they can all busy themselves with their own jobs. However, no matter how hard they tried, it seemed that Chip and Joanna couldn’t satisfy their renovation bug.
They needed more. Perhaps that’s why they recently purchased a castle in the City of Waco, Texas? The property is in their hometown, and Cottonland Castle comes with plenty of history. Chip and Joanna are known for being able to make a property’s personality shine through in the renovations, and it looked as this was going to be one of their biggest challenges to date.
A long history
Amazingly, the castle was first started back around 1890. However, it took more than 20 years to complete as Cottonland Castle was finally finished in 1913. All of that hard work was in aid of Alfred Abeel, a businessman in need of somewhere to stay – and mark his claim on the area. Although Alfred has since passed, the castle still remains as one of the most prominent landmarks in the city. That’s not all.
Cottonland Castle was even the inspiration behind the name of the city’s neighborhood, Castle Heights. Now, the property covers 6,700 square feet as the stone building towers above the majority of its surroundings. It might have been standing for over 100 years, but this castle needs a lot to bring it into the 21st century. With so many projects under their belt already, could this have been a purchase too far for Chip and Joanna?
A dream come true
Many people have grown to know the castle. Chip and Joanna are no exception. It turns out the couple have been watching the property for the last 20 years. Unfortunately, even after a number of attempts to make it their own, they were never able to make their dreams come true – until now. Yes, 2019 finally marked the year the couple became the proud new owners of Cottonland Castle.
However, their new home has been empty for the last 20 years as it seems that no one can renovate it the way that they liked. The castle was last bought in 2014 by Dirk Obbink. The classicist lives in England but often holds lectures at Waco’s Baylor University. It looked as though the castle was going to become his new home until Dirk realized he needed a lot more money than he imagined to make his renovation dreams come true.
Paying the price
The castle was initially listed on the market for $425,000. However, it is yet to be confirmed how much Chip and Joanna paid for the house of their dreams. The couple may have forked out the whole asking price just to make their wishes come to life.
Although it might not seem like a high asking price for an entire castle and the landmark of a city, Chip and Joanna know the property comes with a long list of renovations that could be about to cost a lot more than they ever imagined.
Thankfully, it seems as though Chip and Joanna will be getting a lot for their money. Cottonland Castle comes with three bedrooms meaning the family will be greeted to one more than their current home. Plus, the castle comes with two and a half bathrooms.
Hopefully, there will be plenty of space for everyone! However, the family won’t be moving anytime soon. Many owners have tried, and many owners have failed to renovate this impressive structure. Could that really be about to change with the new owners?
Drab to fab
The couple have grown known for their impressive renovations skills, and it turns out that Chip and Joanna don’t stop when the cameras finish rolling. No, they have worked on many of their own houses over the years, too.
Their farmhouse is one of the many that has had the Gaines family treatment over the years as the pair spent 18 months making their dreams come to life. In fact, they were able to turn it from drab to fab in no time. Thankfully, we got to see glimpses of their creations on social media.
The farmhouse might have only had two bedrooms, but the couple were soon able to make the most of the space they had to hand. One of their many tricks the pair have up their sleeve is to create as much open space as possible.
That’s right; the kitchen, dining room, and living room were all knocked through to create one large room instead. They might have removed some walls, but Chip and Joanna were able to add in a ton of extra space to watch their family grow.
Keeping it simple
The kitchen is an important room for many families, and it looks as though Joanna is no exception. This designer confessed to Country Living that her kitchen is the “heart of the home for me.” The farmhouse was the perfect place to bring her creation to life.
Joanna opted for open shelves as well as a classic white color scheme teamed with simple woods and granite countertops to make everything as simple. The color all came from the addition of pots and pans and cookbooks instead.
Creating a centerpiece
One of the main selling points of the farmhouse was the floor to ceiling brick fireplace that took center stage in the home. However, the couple wanted to go all out with their impressive feature. It wasn’t long before it was transformed into a plant sanctuary.
The greenery was enough to breathe life into the room while the faux deer head and candles added a whole new layer to it all. While they were able to unwind in the farmhouse, will Chip and Joanna be able to find peace in their new home?
Unique selling points
Thankfully, it seems as though Chip and Joanna will have plenty of fireplaces to keep themselves busy as their new castle comes complete with no less than eight fireplaces. Some are grand while others are more understated.
Amazingly, one of the fireplaces in the castle is carved out of pink granite while another is formed from French Caen stone. The pair have been able to work wonders with old fireplaces over the years. Now, they have plenty to play with.
Some impressive features
The fireplaces aren’t the only incredible addition to Cottonland Castle. The entire building is thought to be German-inspired meaning there are some unusual architectural additions in the castle that aren’t often seen in the surrounding buildings.
The best bit? The castle comes complete with a nine-foot solid oak front door that is thought to weigh no less than 400 pounds. This is the perfect addition for Joanna to put to good use as she recycles some of the original characteristics of the build.
It looks as though woodwork is one of the main features of the castle as every room appears to uncover a new layer of incredible talent. In fact, Honduran mahogany is a hugely appetizing addition to many of the rooms as it adds a classic twist on the space.
Many areas of the castle need a lot of work before they are fully restored. However, the majority of the wood appears to be in immaculate condition meaning it should be a simple project to undertake.
There are many aspects of the home that will be restored along the way, but it appears as though Chip and Joanna have one main goal in mind: to complete the well-deserved yet long overdue renovations that need to be complete.
The castle was finished more than 100 years ago meaning there is a lot of work that still needs to happen to make sure it’s brought into the 21st century while still keeping up with the characteristics of the period.
Leaving their mark
Cottonland Castle is still filled with signs and marks from the many other owners who had tried to renovate the space over the years. Sadly, it was all too much for the majority of the previous occupants.
Some had struggles with money as the renovations cost more than they ever believed. However, it looks as though others might have lost interest. Chip and Joanna? They have never let a project get them down – and they don’t look as though they’re going to start anytime soon.
It can be easy to get lost in the impressive, unique features that are found all around the castle. The diamond-paned windows are some of the many aspects that help to bring the castle’s architecture back to life.
The many number of tucked away hiding places could be about to become the perfect spots for all kinds of areas. They could be the ideal location for a reading snug or even act as an adventure spot for the kids. There certainly are a host of possibilities.
Saving the pennies
Quartersawn oak is yet another wood that features prominently throughout the home, but that still doesn’t mean the renovations are going to be easy. In fact, they could soon cost more than the castle itself.
Some estimate they could be anywhere between $600,000 and $1 million depending on the additions the couple want to make. A new kitchen and dining room are typically a must of Joanna. However, will they be able to afford it all with a young family?
A new show
That’s not all this new castle brings. As well as marking a new chapter in their life, it looks as though Cottonland Castle could be the start of a brand new show, too. The couple have yet to confirm any of the rumors.
However, a supposed new network on the way would mark the perfect chance to show off all their talents. After all, showcasing their personal project could be all they need to kick things off their brand new adventure as it’s not every day you get to see a castle renovated from the ground up.
Spotted on camera
As if that wasn’t enough, many onlookers and locals have confessed there have been camera crews heading in and out of the castle. It looks as though the rumors might hold more truth than we first thought after all.
Some have questioned whether Chip and Joanna will flip the property or whether they hope to turn it into a B&B. However, after waiting so long to get their hands on the castle, could they really see it disappear out their hands already? Only time will tell.