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An Amazing Barn Conversion

A Truly Amazing Barn Conversion

A north Georgia couple just wanted to be closer to the stables where they kept their horses. They got their wish — and more — when they actually converted their barn into a luxe living space and a home to accommodate their whole family as well as their pets and horses.

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Unbelievable Great Room Makeover

Photos: Before and After

Chip transformed this family's living area into a sleek, modern great room.

Photos: Before and After

Make The Most of a Small Space

10 Ways: Get More Elbow Room

Think there's no more room? See Chip's clever solutions.

10 Ways: Get More Elbow Room

Home Repair Tips From a Pro

5 Common Questions, Answered

Should you hire a pro or do it yourself? Chip weighs in.

5 Common Questions, Answered

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    The toys are taking over! Christine and Jim Newton's home is littered with their two girls' toys, including their basements' guestroom/office. Designer/contractor Chip Wade wants to remove the toy clutter by creating a bedroom and play spac

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    Policeman and messy backyard BBQ chef Eddie Smith's daughter Taylor calls on designer/contractor Chip Wade to surprise her dad with a basement and outdoor patio makeover. The basement is filled with Eddie's work out equipment and the adjace

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    Julia and David run a graphic design business out of their home. The only entrance to the office is through their master bedroom. They feel very unprofessional when they have clients over and ask them to walk around their bed. And with two

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    Peter and Allison bought a house midway through the renovation process of the second floor, tired of living in a construction zone, they call on designer/ contractor Chip Wade to complete the project. Chip creates a striking bath room for h

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    Back from a 6-year stay in Alaska, Beth, Patrick and their four kids have become accustom to open space and have outgrown their segmented floor plan. Designer/ contractor Chip Wade wants to give Beth a great room where she can oversee the k

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    Air Force pilot Preston and his wife Greer have moved so much that they've never bothered to decorate their homes. Now that they've bought a house they are eager to make it their own. Problem is, they don't know how to fix their ugly kit

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    Todd Brown relocated his family to Atlanta for his job. He got his kids excited about the move by promising a great backyard with a tree house. Todd has been trying to make this happen, but his skills and time are limited. Designer/contrac

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    Tom and Beverly Maiellaro and their 3 boys have out grown their house and they can't agree on wether they want stay or find a new home. Designer/contractor Chip Wade wants to convince Tom that he can renovate the kitchen and living space t

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    The Overdyke's don't like the closed floor plan of their 70's style ranch home. There is no grown up space for them because the kid's toys are everywhere. They need a space to accommodate both kids and adults. Designer / contractor Chip Wad

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    Bryan and Kathy feel like they never get to see their kids because there's not a big enough area to hang out in for this family of 5. Their house is chopped up in to small rooms, especially their kitchen, so everyone goes their separate way

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    Marie and Rob Hunter bought their home because it's in a nice neighborhood with lots of families and great schools. It was a foreclosure and they knew they'd have to put some work into it, but when their contractor took their money and left

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    Renee, and her daughters love hosting foreign exchange students, but haven't been able to since moving into their cramped space. Designer/ contractor Chip Wade turns their cavernous basement into a bright and fun living space for the family

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    Back from a 6-year stay in Alaska, Beth, Patrick and their four kids have become accustom to open space and have outgrown their segmented floor plan. Designer/ contractor Chip Wade wants to give Beth a great room where she can oversee the k

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    The Carroll's have three generations of family under one house of small closed off rooms. Nancy loves to bake, but the kitchen cuts her off from everyone else. Designer/contractor Chip Wade solves this problem by tearing out the walls to cr

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    High school sweethearts Renee and Michael Wymer's house has a lot of history. Renee grew up in the house that they bought from her dad, but it's too small for their family of four. Designer/contractor Chip Wade reconfigures the house to be

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    Adam Redd works from home in a tiny office but the noise of his young children and barking dog is distracting him from his work, he needs a quiet space to focus. Designer/contractor Chip Wade designs a professional office that doubles as a

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In each episode of HGTV's Elbow Room, host Chip Wade helps a family who has outgrown their home devise and undertake an ingenious, large-scale renovation, custom remodel or home addition that's perfectly suited to the family's living needs.

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