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  • When it comes to basic home repairs and improvements, should you hire a pro or do it yourself? Chip Wade of HGTV's Elbow Room and Curb Appeal weighs in.

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Contemporary White and Orange Living Room With Orange Rug

Contempoary White Patio With Pergola

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Giant Fan in Home Gym

Sliding Shelf Units Provide Hidden Kitchen Storage

Living Room With Black End Table and Acrylic Lamp

Eclectic Living Room is Casual and Cozy

Rustic Neutral Great Room With Stone Fireplace

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Built-In Shelving Under White Kitchen Countertop

Black Library Ladder Against White Shelves

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Luxurious Soaker Tub in Bathroom that Looks Into Back Yard

About the Host

Chip Wade

Chip began working with his father at an early age – and over the years developed an interest in carpentry, landscaping and renovation.
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About the Show

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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Season 2, Episode 5

Contractor Chip Wade helps couple transform their attic into an adults only retreat.

Finding some alone time together is proving to be difficult for Erik and Susanne. Their two children are taking overthe house, even their tiny, cramped master bedroom. And the whole family shares one small bathroom. These parents want to go hide in the attic, but it's raw space that's not suitable for a bedroom. That is, until contractor Chip Wade steps in. Chip is determined to turn this unwelcoming, dusty attic into an adults only master suite. But that's easier said than done. He'll have to take off the roof of the home to raise the ceiling height, but his efforts are thwarted by days and days of heavy rain. These delays, along with a nervous homeowner and the seemingly endless list of things to check off, have Chip and his crew working overtime. Will they be able to pull off a luxurious master bedroom retreat for mom and dad?

Sep 15

8am | 7c

Season 3, Episode 5

Chip Wade designs a baker's dream kitchen/ great room that brings the family together

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 create a kitchen/great room to suite her baking needs as well as bringing the family together with a custom fireplace wall with a 9 foot fold down table, a walk thru pantry and a built-in wall oven.

Sep 15

8:30am | 7:30c

Season 3, Episode 13

Chip Wade Designs a Backyard full of FunSports Activities With a Sophisticated Italian Aesthetic

Vince and Cathy Zappa live on busy street and they worry because their kids play in front of the house because the backyard is a mess of dead leaves and pine needles. Designer/contractor Chip Wade solves this dilemma by creating an outdoor living space action packed full of sports activities with a sophisticated Italian aesthetic, complete with a new deck and dining area, and a play court with a life size chess board and movable basketball goal.

Sep 15

9am | 8c

Season 3, Episode 6

Chip Wade Designs a Wine-Lover's Great Room that Both Parents and Kids Can Enjoy

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 Wade transforms their family room, sunroom and kitchen into one huge great room, with a new desk area with a wine cork backsplash, a wine sports lounge with a custom wine storage carrousel, and a built-in wall shelving unit with a ton of storage for the kid's toys.

Sep 15

9:30am | 8:30c

Season 1, Episode 4

A Grill Sergeant's Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

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 adjacent patio is a mess of old rusty BBQ grills. In the basement Chip tears out a sagging ceiling, extends the patio space, and creates a custom window/ projector screen. This ultimate hang out space includes a new BBQ counter top, seating outside, a decked out fitness room, and a custom king size couch big enough for everyone in the family to enjoy watching a movie or the big game.

Sep 28

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 1, Episode 3

Contractor/ designer Chip Wade renovates a unfinished attic.

Homeowners Loren Soloman and Seth Einstein struggle with sharing an uninspiring home office. She works from home during the day and he studies for his MBA at night. The problem is that their office is a hodge-podge of work out gear, clothing, and random furnishings. Contractor/ designer Chip Wade wants to repurpose the room into a spare bedroom while renovating their unfinished attic space into an office for two. Chip demos the attic and creates a one of a kind feature -- a hydraulic floor that can serve as a workout area or raise up to be a table. He also gets custom glass shelves made that doubles a door, and outfits the his-and-hers office with contemporary furnishings. There is no place like this home office.

Oct 5

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 1, Episode 6

Separate Sleepers; A Master Suite Renovation for a Couple with Different Sleeping Schedules

How do you wake up with out bothering your snoozing spouse? Designer/ contractor Chip Wade solves this classic couples dilemma for homeowners Leanna Adams and George Leach. Their different sleep schedules and their cramped master suite makes it impossible for them to get ready for work with out waking each other up. Chip reorganizes this 50's ranch style home by creating new master suite from an unused family room. The new master suite has a separate sleeping room and custom his and her bathroom vanities.

Oct 12

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 1, Episode 7

Designer/contractor Chip Wade solves a noise nightmare in a great room renovation

Homeowners Bill and Jennifer Langley's solid concrete house has one big living/dining room downstairs that is the only space for entertaining family, friends and kids. But when everyone's gathered, it's crowded and the noise level is a nightmare. Designer/contractor Chip Wade wants to relocate the kids when they entertain, give Jennifer a home office to replace the small nook she's using upstairs, and spruce up the backyard. Chip restructures this house by building a home office/den from an existing patio structure, creates custom built-in seating to open up the flow, and cuts through the concrete wall for access to the new outside BBQ area.

Oct 19

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 2, Episode 6

Designer/Contractor Chip Wade builds an industrial inspired kitchen using concrete, metal and glass.

Jessica and John bought their home from Jessica's paternal grandmother. They are now the fourth generation to live in the house. However, they are anxious to get rid of the wood paneling, closed-off layout and original retro appliances in the kitchen! They want to be able to put their own stamp on the home and call it their own. Designer/Contractor Chip Wade comes up with an unexpected industrial-esque design for John and Jessica using concrete, metal and glass. With all the modernization that Chip and his crew added to Jessica and John's kitchen, the home now definitely fits in the 21st century.

Oct 26

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 2, Episode 2

Chip Wade Breaks Down Barriers to Bring The Family to Together in this Great Room Renovation

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 ways. Designer/contractor Chip Wade knows that, to bring the family together, he's going to have to make some massive changes in the home. Chip creates the gathering space by knocking down a huge feature: the fireplace that sits unused in the middle of the room. He also tackles the maze-like walls, knocking them all down to completely open up the space. The custom kitchen counter he designs has a cool home office feature and he creates a one-of-a-kind coffee table with something for everyone. Chip hopes he's created the perfect space for the family to congregate.

Nov 2

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 1, Episode 10

Designer/contractor Chip Wade creates an-open air kitchen for an Air Force Pilot

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 kitchen that's closed off from the rest of the house. Designer/contractor Chip Wade gets to work with an aggressive plan - create an open air kitchen by tearing out the back wall of the house and repurpose their unused patio into a dining area. And that's not all! He also plans to incase the new space with frameless sliding door and an outdoor pizza oven to create the perfect place to entertain friends and family.

Nov 9

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 1, Episode 12

Designer/contractor Chip Wade solves a home office quandary for a couple who both work from home

John and Sherri thought they had the perfect house until about a year ago, when John took a job with a company based out of Philadelphia. Now they both work from home and are sharing a tiny cramped space that makes it impossible to get any work done. Designer/contractor Chip Wade turns their huge unfinished basement space into the ultimate home office with a custom movable wall that converts the room into an entertaining space. Chip gives Sherri's office a makeover too, so they can both work in harmony!

Nov 16

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 1, Episode 1

Designer/contractor Chip Wade renovates a house, tearing out walls to create a modern great room.

The Webbs' bought their house because they love their community but the outdated floor plan of tiny rooms leaves them cramped in the small family room while other rooms go unused. Designer/contractor Chip Wade wants reconfigure the layout of the home and create a huge family friendly space. Chip guts this house, busting out the walls that separate the kitchen, family and dining rooms and creating a contemporary great room. This dramatic makeover includes several living zones for each family member, including a custom counter top that doubles a laptop workspace, a completely updated kitchen and a refurnished living room. This room will be truly be the heart of this home.

Nov 23

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 4, Episode 1

Work Meets Play, Chip Wade rehabs an unfinished basement into a family room, play area and office.

With the addition of twins, Greg and Kim are in desperate need of extra space for both work and play. They call on designer/contractor Chip Wade for help. Chip completely transforms their unfinished basement into a light and cheerful family room, and a separate office with a perfect view of the kid's new playroom.

Nov 30

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 3, Episode 10

A Barn to Dwell, Not Smell

The Jordan family moved from the city to the country and bought a barn that they want to transform into their dream home, the problem is no contractors will touch this project. Designer/ contractor Chip Wade saddles up for the challenge to design a space for both animals and humans to live in. He removes 2 of the horse stalls and the ceiling of the floor above to create a huge family room and kitchen with 30 foot ceilings, and a picture window looking out to the horse stalls.

Dec 7

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 4, Episode 3

Tall Order For A Great Room, Chip Wade transforms divided rooms into one huge living space.

After having two kids, Tracy and Eric realize that their house is too cramped and divided. They call on designer/contractor Chip Wade for help. Chip completely transforms their separate living spaces into one huge great room with room for the entire family.

Dec 14

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 4, Episode 2

Park the Party Here, Chip Wade transforms an unused garage into an adult party space.

After having 2 kids, Amy and James don't have any space in their house for themselves. They call on designer/contractor Chip Wade for help. Chip completely transforms their unused garage into the ultimate adult party space with a custom ping-pong table, built in bar and archery range.

Dec 21

6:30am | 5:30c

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