By Roxanne Thompson
When the popular, Waco-based TV show Fixer Upper filmed an episode in Mexia last September, the identity of the homeowners was shrouded in secrecy to ensure maximum suspense. The show featuring the Mexia home finally aired on HGTV on Tuesday night, Jan. 24, however, to the delight of many in this town, perhaps none more so than the owners themselves, Kelvin and Culetta Beachum.
After show hosts and house renovators Chip and Joanna Gaines showed the Beachums three possibilities, the couple chose a home on U.S. 84 several miles west of the city, a four-bedroom brick house with maroon trim and a huge yard in front and back.
With a total budget of $160,000, the purchase price of $130,000 left $30,000 for renovations. While that is not an insignificant amount, spreading the $30,000 to the entire home and yard meant only some cosmetic changes could be made.