Home Repair Tips From a Pro

  • 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.

    5 Common Questions, Answered

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Rustic Inviting Design in Sitting Room

Separate Entrance to Home Office

Master Bedroom with Old World Charm and Modern Conveniences

Modern Kitchen with Classic Touches

Leather Ottoman Coffee Table

Back Yard Chicken Coop

Beverage Station in Home Gym

Corner Table With Nautical Accessories

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Outdoor Grill and Bar

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Open Concept Kitchen with Warm Accent Colors

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.

Episodes

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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!

Tuesday
Oct 28

8am | 7c

Season 2, Episode 1

Chip Wade creates the ultimate entertainment backyard for a family of 5

Designer/contractor Chip Wade is presented with a unique challenge for this outdoor space: make it work for an entire family of 5! In addition to a patio and grilling station for dad, mom wants an outdoor oasis and the kids want an area to drive golf balls! Chip and his team come up with some amazing solutions to create the ultimate entertainment space to keep everyone happy. Let's hope it works!

Tuesday
Oct 28

9am | 8c

Season 3, Episode 2

Chip Wade creates a one of a kind bedroom that works as a family space as well as master suite

Sara and Josh Howell are a young couple with a little daughter and one on the way. Their master suite has become the epicenter of the home and they need more space to congregate. Designer/contractor Chip Wade creates an open floor plan by utilizing the unused rooms nearby. He remodels the master bathroom to include a custom tub with a molded seat made from a light weight concrete product. He opens access to the nursery by installing a swinging partition wall, allowing them to keep an eye on the baby with the option to close the door for privacy. Then to create a living room space, Chip installs a retractable bed that pushes into the wall to become a couch. This one of a kind bedroom is now works as a family space as well as master suite.

Tuesday
Oct 28

11:30am | 10:30c

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.

Tuesday
Nov 18

8:30am | 7:30c

Season 3, Episode 9

Chip Wade remodels an unfinished basement into a guest suite for long family visits and to brew beer

David and Kerstin Adelman often have family visiting for long periods of time so they want to use their unfinished basement as a guest suite and family room. Designer/contractor Chip Wade rips out the back wall and installs a glass panel window to open the space up. He adds custom milled wood paneling through out and since David loves to make home made beer, Chip has an electric brewing system installed.

Tuesday
Nov 18

11am | 10c

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.

Wednesday
Nov 26

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 3, Episode 7

Designer/ Contractor Chip Wade remodels a kitchen/great room full of family history

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 better utilize the space. He knocks down all the walls between the kitchen, dinning room and outdoor porch to create a huge open and airy space. In the kitchen he installs new ceiling high shelving with moveable glass panels, and builds a beautiful sunken floor dining area with a custom dinning table that expands into the outdoor deck, and converts into outdoor seating.

Tuesday
Dec 16

8:30am | 7:30c

Season 3, Episode 9

Chip Wade remodels an unfinished basement into a guest suite for long family visits and to brew beer

David and Kerstin Adelman often have family visiting for long periods of time so they want to use their unfinished basement as a guest suite and family room. Designer/contractor Chip Wade rips out the back wall and installs a glass panel window to open the space up. He adds custom milled wood paneling through out and since David loves to make home made beer, Chip has an electric brewing system installed.

Tuesday
Dec 16

9am | 8c

Season 3, Episode 1

Disaster on the Second Floor, Chip Wade rehabs an uncompleted master bedroom renovation project

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 her, a huge picture window for him, and a custom moving bed.

Tuesday
Dec 16

11:30am | 10:30c

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.

Tuesday
Sep 15

9am | 8c

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.

Monday
Oct 19

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 4, Episode 4

Backyard Spa Retreat, Chip Wade transforms a spare room and backyard into a relaxing getaway.

Betsy and Frank are in desperate need of a space to relax and do yoga. They call on designer/contractor Chip Wade for help. Chip completely transforms their spare room and connecting backyard into an Asian inspired retreat complete with water feature, fire feature, and hot tub.

Monday
Dec 28

6:30am | 5:30c

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?

Monday
Jan 25

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 3, Episode 8

Designer/contractor Chip Wade designs a professional home office that doubles as a den

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 den when Adam is not working. He rips out the room dividing fireplace and builds a new fireplace flanking the outside of the house, creating more space in the living room. And to fix the noise problem, Chip installs a custom sliding hardwood doors to block out the noise.

Monday
Feb 15

6:30am | 5:30c

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.

Monday
Feb 22

6:30am | 5:30c

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