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.

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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 1, Episode 11

Designer/contractor Chip Wade builds a tree house that will be the neighborhood destination for fun

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/contractor Chip Wade rescues Todd from this daunting task and builds an awesome tree house with a zip line and play set, this will be the neighborhood destination for fun!

Tuesday
Oct 28

8:30am | 7:30c

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 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 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!

Monday
Nov 16

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 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

Season 2, Episode 8

Turning dysfunctional 1930's home into classically vintage house with great rooms.

When Bart and Kristin first saw their home, they immediately fell in love with its charm and history. But once they moved in they realized that the layout of the 1930's house was not functional at all! Now a nagging question haunts Kristin and Bart: can a renovation fix the problems they have with the home or would it be better to move to a new house that would fit their needs? Designer/Contractor Chip Wade shows them the reality of what moving would really mean to their wallet, and presents them with a plan to stay in their current home. But it's a rough road as Kristin is a lot more attached to the house than she realizes and she threatens to stop down the renovation.

Monday
Feb 29

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 2, Episode 9

With another one on the way, an expecting couple turns to Designer/Contractor Chip Wade for help.

The homeowners are awaiting the birth of their second child which means the grandparents are quick to follow! Problem is, Chris and Helen have nowhere to put them now that they'll be turning the guest bedroom into a nursery. Designer/Contractor Chip Wade proposes utilizing the space that the carport is currently occupying and turning that into a guest bedroom that would double as an office for Chris when the in-laws are not around. Chip and his crew are able to create an innovative way of separating the guest bedroom to the main living area. And as a surprise for Chris and Helen, Chip decided to renovate the kitchen as well! But the homeowners are not the only ones who received a big surprise: Helen gives birth earlier than anticipated, throwing the entire renovation into turmoil.

Monday
Mar 7

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 2, Episode 10

Designer/Contractor Chip Wade upgrades attic into a home gym.

The Perez family needs a space in their home to stay fit. With three growing boys who are avid soccer players, mom who enjoys the martial arts and dad who is intent on losing weight and getting healthy, they figured that working out as a family is the best motivation for everyone. The family enlists Designer/Contractor Chip Wade to help them build a home fitness center that would cater to everyone's interests. But Chip and his team have their work cutout for them converting a small, dusty attic space into a home gym with enough space to address all the family's desires.

Monday
Mar 14

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.

Monday
Mar 14

7am | 6c

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
Mar 14

7:30am | 6:30c

Season 2, Episode 3

Momma's Brand New Kitchen

Momma Mac, as she's called, has an official church and congregation, but she really does her ministry from her home kitchen. She's the first one to tell you that you can stop by her house anytime and she will provide you with a hot, delicious meal and good conversation. But although she loves to cook for big groups, her kitchen is falling apart around her, not to mention that it's just too small. Designer/contractor Chip Wade steps in to help, but he has his work cut out for him. How can he take this small space and make it functional, all while providing the countertop space, storage and seating area that Momma Mac needs? Chip gets a wild idea to create a table that grows and shrinks with the number of guest they have, but it's up to his team to figure out exactly how to build it. He's also determined to put a large peninsula in that space, with lots of prep space and serving space. There's no telling how he's going to accomplish this, but it does involve a chain saw!!

Monday
Mar 21

6:30am | 5:30c

Season 3, Episode 11

Trampoline lounging, Chip Wade designs a fun backyard for both kids and adults

The Jackson family wants to change their huge back yard into the ultimate gathering space to entertain their large extended family. Designer/contractor Chip Wade extends the living space outside where the kids and the adults can play, by extending the porch, installing a outdoor kitchen, a fire pit, soccer field and trampolines.

Monday
Mar 21

7am | 6c

Season 4, Episode 6

Destination: Backyard

Clete and Lauren are in desperate need of a backyard that they can enjoy. They call on designer/contractor Chip Wade for help. Chip is able to transform their unused backyard into 3 creatively designed destinations for socializing, reading, and playing.

Monday
Mar 21

7:30am | 6:30c

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