A Must-See Fixer Upper Reno: Rustic Barn Doors, and a Barn to Go With Them
Start with what was once a horse barn, probably used later as a service building for storing farm equipment. Throw in a beautiful 16-acre piece of land in the rolling hills just outside Waco, Texas. Add some adventuresome homebuyers not afraid to try something outside the mainstream. Now add Chip and Joanna Gaines to the mix and things are likely to get interesting.
Here's the background, Cliff Notes version: Todd and Lexia Meek were looking for a place in the country. Todd had grown up on a ranch, and the couple was eager to put down rural roots where they could raise their three kids in the kind of green, bucolic setting Todd had known growing up. But when Chip and Jo showed them a dingy barn with metal garage doors and a makeshift apartment upstairs, let's just say it was not exactly what they had envisioned.
But once Joanna and Chip outlined their vision for the place, integrating modern elements in the country setting, wheels started spinning and the Meeks began to see potential. Fast-forward a few weeks. The end result is an idyllic country home with some novel twists.
Among other things, the couple had on their wish list a large space for entertaining. When Joanna saw the expansive corridor that ran through the middle of the barn, she imagined a unique dining space.
After upgrading the downstairs to accommodate new plumbing, wiring and HVAC, the central space was transformed with shiplap walls, crown molding, new hardwood floors, traditional barn doors and a custom wall-art installation. The jewel in the crown is a farm style banquet table that's 17 feet in length and that was custom designed by furniture craftsman Clint Harp.
The upstairs is no less striking. With the massive dining hall taking up so much of the ground floor, the kitchen is located on the second level. The existing apartment-style kitchen was expanded and opened onto a space that would become a living room and family dining space. The palette in the kitchen is high-contrast and pure Joanna — with bright white cabinets visually offset by black hardware, a black vent hood, brushed stainless appliances and ash gray concrete countertops.
Barn Home in the Country: Custom Vent Hood and Backsplash
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, this home's custom kitchen features a black and white tile back splash that complements the space. The kitchen also features stainless steel appliances and wood details that give the space a perfect blend of contemporary and rustic styles.
The backsplash is a boldly patterned black-and-white tile that creates a Moroccan-style mosaic pattern. Dark hardwood floors and a rustic kitchen island in unpainted wood add a warming counterbalance to the black and white.
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Carefully Blended Ingredients
The recipe for this visually balanced kitchen includes plenty of natural wood to help soften the bold visual impact of the black-and-white patterned tile and the contrasting cabinets and countertops.
Country + Modern
The kitchen, located on the second floor, effectively marries contemporary elements like stainless appliances and black metal railing with more rustic and utilitarian basics such as concrete countertops and a custom island in unpainted wood finish.
Meet the Meeks
Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines with homeowners Todd and Lexia Meek in their new dining room. The Meeks were looking for a place with character in a country setting with some acreage and ample space for a family of five. Their wish list included 4 bedrooms, a large kitchen and a space for entertaining. They were working with an all-in budget of $359,000 and were willing to consider something a little outside the mainstream.
"Outside the mainstream" is exactly what the Meeks got when they opted for this former horse-barn with concrete slab floors and absolutely no frills. It sits on a 16-acre tract, was built in 1980 and had been partially renovated to added a modest upstairs apartment. Prior to the renovation, the entrance was via outside stairs and this second story porch. List price for the land and barn was $180,000.
Large windows and traditional barn doors add a dramatic flourish to the new entrance for the beautifully remodeled ground floor. The outside stairs and upper porch were removed and an impressive set of doors added to replace the metal garage door that was there previously.
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, the kitchen in the second story of the country barn home features a custom island, coffee bar, new stainless steel appliances, and shiplap walls.
Kitchen and Upstairs Dining Space, AFTER
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, the home's kitchen features a custom vent hood over the stainless steel stove. The black and white backslash adds color and interest to the space. The custom kitchen island is a perfect blend of rustic and contemporary style that's carried throughout the kitchen.
Dining Space and Kitchen, BEFORE
The renovation budget for the barn conversion was $180,000. A large portion of that went to infrastructure and utility upgrades such as adding HVAC and upgrading plumbing and electrical for the downstairs portion of the structure. The estimate for the upstairs kitchen upgrade was $30,000.
Dining Space and Kitchen, AFTER
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, the barn home's second story was completely transformed into a spacious eat in kitchen. The walls were removed to open the space and a new kitchen and dining room were added to allow for more hosting.
Upstairs Living Room, AFTER
Boys' Bedroom, AFTER
Modern Country Living
The barn conversion is one of the more distinctive and unusual Fixer Uppers that Chip and Joanna have undertaken, and it offers a taste of the types of elements that might be incorporated into their new headquarters at Magnolia Silos. Distinguishing exterior features seen here include a classic metal roof, extra large windows, sliding barn doors and exterior gooseneck lamps.
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A focal point in this Fixer Upper renovation was the makeover of an outdated country kitchen. Chip and Joanna merged two spaces by removing a wall that had separated kitchen from the dining room. Removing the wall gave both rooms a larger and more open feel.
The dining room gets a fresh new look while retaining key features like the wood ceiling and exposed beams. Removal of the wall made way for a new serving bar with additional seating.
Brightened Up But Still Cozy
The renovated living room, with new hardwood flooring, exposed beams and leather furniture, blends western country motifs with a mountain lodge feel.
With some pressure washing, sanding, staining and re-sealing, the home's existing wood siding shaped up nicely. In Chip's words, the cedar siding "came back to life," and relatively little of the original wood had to be replaced.
Front Porch, AFTER
Black metal outdoor sconces and plants in bright red pots bring a hint of updated design to the original stone and wood of this front porch, while rocking chairs welcome family and friends to sit and enjoy the view.
Living Room, AFTER
A large opening was cut in the wall between the living room and adjacent room to join the two spaces. When it serves as a guest bedroom, the adjacent room can be closed off with the sliding barn doors.
Living Room, AFTER
Joanna's first thought was to install French doors between the two rooms, but she ultimately opted for sliding barn doors since they allow for a larger opening and are well suited to the informal feel of the space.
Bonus Room, Detail
This room is staged with cozy, kid-friendly furniture and a coffee table that spells out the word "LIVE". The coffee table adds an artsy, inspiration touch to compliment the inviting design. A bold orange throw pillow matches the colorful patterned rug that livens up the pale blue wall color and striped blue sofa with ruffled skirt.
Dining Room, AFTER
Dining Room, Detail
Industrial lettering as wall art makes another appearance in the dining room. "They add dimension to any wall or any space," says Joanna. "but they also personalize the space for these families. We're always gonna have piles of letters. That's just one of the things we're known for."
Since the kitchen was already quite large, expansion wasn't necessary, but the design plan called for removing a wall to open the space onto the dining room. "Your kitchen will keep the same footprint," Joanna told the clients, "but it's going to feel twice as big when we lighten up the walls and the cabinets."
Freshly painted cabinets and blue-gray walls brighten the kitchen dramatically and make for a smart contrast with the new floors and the black granite countertops.
An unexpected challenge that Chip and Joanna ran into in the kitchen was a vent pipe that tied in to an upstairs bathroom. The pipe had to be re-routed when the kitchen wall was removed.
The Completed Renovation
The Jonklaases were able to negotiate a purchase price of $197,000 for the home. After renovation expenditures of around $48,000, bringing the total investment to $245,000, Chip estimates the new resale value for the home at around $305,000 -- representing an instant equity of $60,000.
Before Hannah and Devan Jonklaas see their newly renovated home, Fixer Upper Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines surprise them with a large photo banner of their home in its original state. It will remind them where they started, and just how far theyâve come, as seen on HGTVâs Fixer Upper. (action)