Fixer Upper Season 3 Returns December 1! Join Our 30-Day Countdown
It’s almost here. You’re having some sleepless nights counting down the days, the hours, the minutes. But it’s finally almost here.
And nothing gets us more excited than a good old-fashioned countdown party.
Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Insta for our 30-Day Fixer Upper Countdown. Each day we’ll be sharing special content and sneak peeks as we get closer to the season premiere. Just follow hashtag #FixerUpper for the countdown fun.
In the meantime, get your daily dose of Chip and Jo as they answer your fan questions:
Fixer Upper Fan Questions 01:51
And, take a tour of their most popular renovation to date, their overhaul of carpenter Clint Harp's crumbling historic farmhouse:
Meet the Harps
Fixer Upper aficionados will recognize the clients in this project. Clint Harp is the carpenter and furniture designer responsible for many of the one-of-a-kind furniture creations included in Chip and Jo's renovations, and he has appeared frequently throughout the series. He and his wife Kelly were in search of an affordable home in the community of Brook Oaks. The fixer-upper they took on was indicative not only of their creative vision but of their downright bravery.
Before the Renovation: The Vision Thing
Though in an alarming state of disrepair, the house, which was built in 1913, has good bones, lots of room and potential for an impressive restoration. Joanna suggests reconfiguring the front room. "Make it really wide," she says, "so you can look into the breakfast nook. Make this room the grand thing that it once was in 1913."
It's Demo Day!
Once Clint and Kelly took the giant leap with the 1913 house, the real challenge for Chip and Joanna was about to begin. "This place not only needs a demo," said Chip, "it needs an exorcism."
There are more behind-the-scenes pics from this episode. Be sure to also check out the companion gallery: "Tackling the Beast, Pt. 2 - Behind the Scenes."
"The Pit" -- as Clint and Kelly first described the house -- was in need of a radical deep clean and complete overhaul. But it did have a few things going for it: It was spacious, with more than 2700 square feet, five bedrooms and three baths. The asking price was only $15,000 (essentially the value of the lot alone), and the location was close to the Harps' shop and studio.
A complete overhaul was precisely what the exterior received with a new roof, enlarged windows, new paint and fresh landscaping. In the end, Clint and Kelly were able to negotiate a purchase price for the house of only $10,000 and used the remaining $100,000 of their total budget for the renovations.
Living Room and Dining Room, BEFORE
The living room in the Harp's house was not livable. There were holes in the ceiling and it was full of trash and old furniture. The old stairwell was unsafe and the walls and ceiling were painted at unattractive yellow color, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (Before 16) Befores
Kitchen and Dining Room, AFTER
New cabinets are painted bright white and accented with contrasting black cabinet hardware. The kitchen was large enough to accommodate a new island with a three-by-six-foot marble top for additional prep space.
The base of the kitchen island and cloaked vent hood were custom made by Clint. The finished space is highlighted with rustic style sconces and pendants, new recessed lighting and industrial metal barstools.
Fixer Upper Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines turned the once disastrous room into a bright, clean kitchen with new cabinets, wood floors, Carrera marble countertops and light gray paint with white trim. The old drop ceiling was removed, adding height to the room, and a wooden support beam was added. A subway tile backsplash, floating wood shelves, and stainless steel appliances were also installed. Client Clint Harper added the finishing touches to the kitchen by making a beautiful island and vent hood out of reclaimed wood , as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (After 7b) Afters
Clint and Kelly Harp called upon Fixer Upper Hosts Chip and Joanna Gains to help transform their home from unlivable to exquisite. The house has a new porch and stairs leading to the beautiful wooden front door that Clint Harp constructed himself. A new roof, modern gray paint, fresh landscaping, and all new windows make this house a jewel on the block, as opposed to the eyesore it once was, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (After 2) Afters
Want to See More Behind-the Scenes from This Project?
Want to see more of Clint, Kelly, Chip and Jo? Check out the companion gallery, Tackling the Beast, Pt.2 - Behind the Scenes, for 40+ on-location snapshots from this episode of Fixer Upper.
The new season of Fixer Upper premieres Tuesday, December 1 at 9|8c only on HGTV.