See How Team Fixer Upper Revitalized This Collapsing Carriage House

With every new episode, Chip and Joanna tackle bigger (and more impressive) projects. In the season three finale, see how they transformed this falling-into-the-ground carriage house. 

Chip and Joanna Gaines outside the Ward's newly remodeled carriage house at Magnolia House B&B

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This week's big project: Chip and Joanna are upgrading and remodeling an abandoned carriage house that sits adjacent to Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast. Jump right in on another manifestly challenging renovation? Sure. Why not, right?

How Do They Do All That?

And as long as we're on the subject, if you've been following along closely, maybe you're wondering just how Chip and Joanna Gaines find the time to do all the things that they do. Guess what. So are we. I mean, think about it. Maybe they're miracle workers but, even so, between managing multiple home renovations for clients, shooting a TV series while doing so (and a wildly popular TV series we might proudly add), maintaining a killer design blog, operating Magnolia Market, renovating and converting a former industrial site for their new headquarters and opening a bed and breakfast, they can't do everything. Can they? And note that this doesn't even take into account raising four kids and dozens – perhaps hundreds, by now – pets and farm animals. (Incidentally, does anybody have the current tally on how many goats reside at Magnolia Farm?)

A Perfect Fit; A Far-From-Perfect Building

So to paraphrase Clint Eastwood (or, more precisely, Harry Callahan), there comes a point where you've got to know your limitations. So when it was almost time for the Magnolia House B&B to start taking in guests, Chip and Joanna recruited semi-retirees Rob and Marianne Ward as potential managers to run it. The Wards seemed like the ideal choice. They were an adorably affable couple, essentially retired but adventurous, and Marianne had, in fact, dreamed specifically of operating a bed and breakfast. Sounds like a trifecta, wouldn't you say?

The Carriage House, BEFORE

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Rachel Whyte

The Carriage House, BEFORE

Not so fast. First, Chip and Jo had one particular tough sell on their hands. Since they wanted managers who could live on site at the B&B, and since Magnolia House isn't big enough to accommodate both guests and permanent occupants, they'd have to convince the Wards to take up residence in the carriage house that sits just a few yards away. Just one problem: the carriage house had been sitting vacant for years and appeared to be on the verge of falling in. Actually, as closer inspection later revealed, there were several problems – including termites, asbestos and rotted floor joists. And though any one of those three terms alone might easily constitute a deal killer for some people, undaunted, our two intrepid heroes moved forward with a radical makeover of the long neglected building.

Meanwhile, and once they heard Joanna impart her vision as to what the carriage house could be when all was said and done, future B&B hosts Rob and Marianne were in.

AFTER

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Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images

AFTER

Key Word: Character

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.

Rustic Open Home Office With French Doors

Rustic Open Home Office With French Doors

The manger's office at Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast

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The manger's office at Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast

On the interior, in the home office, she added a rustic wooden desk, shiplap walls, sliding barn doors and an antique tool bin that she had wall-mounted to serve both as a decorative feature and as a functional filing system for reservation receipts, room keys, etc. She also added antique French doors as inserts on either side of the cased opening onto the office space and, similarly, incorporated antique wooden corbels to help define the opening in the transition between the kitchen and living/dining area.

The Kitchen

BEFORE

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Rachel Whyte

BEFORE

Contemporary Kitchen With Black Countertops and Farmhouse Sink

Contemporary Kitchen With Black Countertops and Farmhouse Sink

AFTER

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AFTER

Several walls were removed to open up the interior and eliminate the maze-like feel it had before. In the new floor plan, the kitchen opens onto the new living space and incorporates a desk and work station as well as a bench window seat with added storage. Opening up the space essentially doubled the kitchen's footprint and made room for a large island that becomes a focal point for family and entertaining. The kitchen's color palette of white, gray and black is accented by brushed copper fixtures including twin pendant lights, faucets and cabinet hardware.

The Master Bath

An office space adjacent to the master bedroom was converted to create a spacious master bath.

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Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images

An office space adjacent to the master bedroom was converted to create a spacious master bath.

Among the more dramatic transformations in the carriage house renovation was the new master bath. An old office space adjacent to the bedroom was converted into a luxurious and spa-like bath that includes a pedestal tub, large walk-in shower and inset linen closet. Twin vanities on either side of the standalone tub have wooden bases handcrafted by furniture artisan Clint Harp. The bases have hand-turned legs and are stained in a dark finish to provide a warming contrast to the grey walls and white trim.

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Welcome to the Carriage House

Chip and Joanna had their work cut out for them in the restoration of this carriage house that sits adjacent to Magnolia House B&B. To get it into the shape seen here they'd have to contend with –among other things – termites, ants, asbestos and water damage.

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Heart of the Home

An enlarged and updated kitchen becomes a family focal point in the new floor plan and a great place for the Wards to hang out with visiting grandchildren.

Salvaging History

The fireplace in the newly renovated living room was originally in the century-old building next door. It was salvaged, restored and repurposed for use in the carriage house. The newly relocated fireplace is topped off with an antique mantel and surround.

Elegant and Bright

The renovated master bedroom features gray walls, new crown molding, large windows and antique style bed with scalloped frame.

Stylishly Rustic

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 B&B.

Simple and Clean

The new master bath has a clean, fresh look with a palette that includes grays, white, black and wood tones.

Let's Not Forget Shiplap!

The new kitchen gets some trademark Joanna Gaines touches like white shiplap walls and open shelving.

BEFORE

The carriage house was built in 1988 and came with three bedrooms, two baths and 1800 square feet. Clearly the roof and porch were in rough shape, but that only told a fraction of the story. Home inspection and demolition uncovered a number of problems including termite damage, rotted floor joists and the need for asbestos removal.

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AFTER

The exterior was dramatically transformed with fresh paint, a new wood door, enlarged front porch with new railing, bigger windows, new shutters and a metal roof to coordinate with that of the B&B.

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Kitchen, BEFORE

 

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Kitchen, AFTER

Removal of a wall opened the kitchen onto the new living space, practically doubled the kitchen's footprint and made room for a large island.

Kitchen, BEFORE

 

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Kitchen, AFTER

The renovated kitchen is laid out with an L-shaped cabinet arrangement and includes new hardwood floors, glass-front upper cabinets, farmhouse sink, new backsplash and sleek black countertops.

Kitchen, AFTER

The kitchen's color palette of white, gray and black is nicely offset by copper fixtures including twin sconces, faucets and drawer hardware.

Kitchen, Detail

 

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Kitchen, Detail

 

Kitchen, Detail

 

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Kitchen, Detail

 

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Kitchen, Detail

Kitchen, Detail

The kitchen includes an integrated work desk and window-seat bench with additional storage.

Kitchen, Detail

 

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Living Room, BEFORE

 

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Living and Dining Room, AFTER

A wall was removed to bring more space and light into newly merged dining room and living s[ace. Antique furnishings and wooden corbels bring both a refined look and a visual tie with the interiors at the B&B next door. 

Dining Room, Detail

 

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Living Room, Detail

A gas insert was added as part of the upgrade to the antique fireplace and mantel. The existing built-in shelving was removed and replaced by a pair of arched shelf units.

Living Room, Detail

 

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Living Room, Detail

 

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Living Room, Detail

 

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The Office, AFTER

Adjacent to the living room is an office space for Rob Ward furnished with a rustic wooden desk, sisal rug and a sliding barn door.

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Office, Detail

Joanna wall-mounted an antique tool bin as a decorative accent and a place to file B&B reservation slips and other paperwork.

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Office, Detail

 

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Office, Detail

 

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Office, Detail

 

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Bedroom, BEFORE

 

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Master Bedroom, AFTER

In the bedroom, located just off the kitchen, and entire exterior wall had to be replaced due to termite damage. The completed master bedroom includes a build-out for an added closet, new drywall, new ceiling and enlarged windows.

Master Bedroom, Detail

 

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Master Bedroom, Detail

 

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Master Bedroom, Detail

 

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Master Bath, AFTER

An old office space adjacent to the bedroom was converted into a large and luxurious master bath that includes a pedestal tub, large walk-in shower and inset linen closet.

Photo By: Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images

Master Bath, AFTER

Master Bath, AFTER

Master Bath, AFTER

Twin vanities on either side of the standalone tub have wooden bases handcrafted by furniture artisan Clint Harp. The bases have hand-turned legs and are stained in a dark finish to provide a warming contrast to the grey walls and white trim.

AFTER

The newly renovated carriage house makes for a worthy addendum to the Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast.

AFTER

 

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AFTER

 

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Chip Gaines, Proprietor

Chip sports his country squire look on the porch of the newly renovated carriage house at Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast.

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Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Mom

Joanna takes a moment's respite and tries out the antique bench on the new front porch.

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Finis

 

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Afterword

If you enjoyed the carriage house renovation project, we feel pretty certain you'd also like the restoration of the 1880 Victorian that became Magnolia House B&B itself. If you haven't already, check it out here. 

Fixer Upper: Renovation and Holiday Decor at Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast

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Fixer Upper airs on HGTV Tuesdays at 9 pm | 8c. Watch for Season 4 coming this fall.

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