Fixer Upper: A Country Home Fully Reimagined

In one of their biggest challenges yet in terms of redefining spaces and floorplan, Joanna and Chip take on a quirky house in a rural setting and transform it into a charming and dramatic country home. It's the ideal spot for a couple who have two grown kids and are looking to settle down in their forever home.

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The Big Switch

The "Big Country Farmhouse" was one of Chip and Joanna's most ambitious and dramatic home transformations to date. Not only were walls removed and structural components upgraded, but entire rooms were redefined to serve completely new functions. "Every space in this house has been reconfigured," says Joanna. "What was once the living room is now the master bedroom. What was once the kitchen is now a guest bedroom...What was once the master bathroom is now the kitchen. What was once the kitchen is now the bunk room."

Heroic Transformation

The home exterior was radically redefined as well. What had been the side portion of an earlier addition is now the home's front entrance.

Country Elegant

A highly modified layout inside brings new symmetry to the home, and stylistic changes blend elegance with simple rustic touches.

Rooms Reimagined

Some of the functional changes were daring and imaginative. The wall seen here behind the headboard in this new master bedroom is where the home's front door was once located.

Celebrating the Outdoors

For the homeowners, a main drawing card was the country setting and the land. Chip added this impressive pergola, with outdoor dining and seating areas, to help take full advantage of the scenic view and surroundings.

BEFORE

The house itself offered plenty of space, but was lacking in exterior appeal and, inside, was an odd structural mish-mash — the cummulative result of four prior add-ons.

AFTER

The flow and logistics of the house were re-oriented by adding this new front entry that opened onto a new, open living space.

AFTER

The home's outside appearance was transformed by adding an all-new facade with post-and-beam construction, a full wraparound porch, new metal roof and natural wood columns and support beams.

BEFORE

Homeowners John and Stephanie were understandably underwhelmed at the sight of the home itself, prior to the renovation. But they fell in love with the country setting and the amenities that included 40+ acres of land, a pond and beautiful trees. They were willing to trust Joanna and Chip's vision for how the home could be made over. The house was built in 1959 and came with three bedrooms and three baths. A series of prior additions, however, had ultimately created an interior with varied elevations, numerous step-ups and step-downs, and a generally odd layout. Utimately, the home's foundation would need repairs and the HVAC, electrical and plumbing would all need replacing.

AFTER

New siding, an upgraded metal roof, wrought iron sconces and three sets of French doors in natural wood finish provide the home's exterior with a wholly new aesthetic.

High-Drama Entryway

The double doors at the entrance open onto an impressive new foyer. 

High-Drama Entryway

The elongated foyer runs the length of this portion of the home and is furnished with rustic console tables custom made by furniture artisan Clint Harp. Beams made from reclaimed lumber and stained dark span the width of the hall overhead and help define the space. The lateral hallway provides access to the new master suite at one end and the re-envisioned living space at the other.

Foyer, Detail

This carved relief wall-hanging, in grand scale, adds an impressive touch and ties in with the new hardwood floors and wood beams.

BEFORE

This large space had served as the home's master bedroom, but would soon be converted to a new combined living and dining space.

AFTER

The former bedroom is given an entirely different look and function as the home's main living space.

BEFORE

AFTER

Using this space for the main living area takes fuller advantage of the beautiful setting and the view from the new sets of French doors.

BEFORE

AFTER

According to Joanna, re-fashioning a new living space was the biggest challenge in this renovation. The center section of the ceiling was raised and multiple spaces were newly laid out. A wall was removed to open the new living area onto the all-new kitchen, which had formerly been a master bath and closet.

BEFORE

AFTER

A new fireplace was added in the living room, creating a visual focal point, and the rock facing on the fireplace creates a visual tie-in with travertine stone backsplash in the kitchen.

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

Foyer, Detail

The matching foyer consoles were handmade by Clint Harp using wood that was salvaged from scrap lumber. The finish was left deliberately raw and unfinished, contributing to the home's rustic ranch feel.

Foyer, Detail

Antique books from a matching set of classics by authors Tolstoy, Goethe and Hawthorne, among others, are among the decorative accents in the foyer.

Dining Room, AFTER

Dining Room, Detail

Dining Room, Detail

Dining Room, Detail

Dining Room, Detail

Kitchen, BEFORE

The dated kitchen was small, awkwardly located and wouldn't serve the needs of the homeowners. Joanna opted to gut the kitchen entirely and turn this space into a small bedroom. The new kitchen is located in an entirely separate part of the house.

Kitchen, AFTER

The new kitchen, in the space once occupied by a master bath and closet, is simple and functional with a basic U-shaped design with large center island, white stone countertops and plenty of storage.

Kitchen, AFTER

Travertine stone backsplash provides a visual tie-in with the living room, with its natural stone fireplac. Raw shiplap and a custom wood vent hood add warmth to the space.

Kitchen, Detail

Kitchen, Detail

Kitchen, Detail

Kitchen, Detail

Kitchen, Detail

BEFORE

This space was the home's old entrance and entry hall. In the home's new configuration it becomes the master suite. The wood paneling, carpet and popcorn ceiling would all be removed. The room behind becomes a new master bath and closet.

Master Bedroom, AFTER

The old front door was removed and replaced with a wall with two new windows. New drywall, molding and hardwood flooring were added and the walls painted in a neutral gray.

Master Bedroom, AFTER

The large windows on either side of the bed now take advantage of the beautiful setting and view.

Master Bedroom, Detail

Master Bedroom, Detail

Master Bathroom, BEFORE

The old bathroom would be converted to create part of the new kitchen. The new master bath is in a new location.

Master Bathroom, BEFORE

The New Master Bath

The new master bath is in the location of the former dining room. The spacious new bath features a glass-enclosed walk-in shower and pedestal tub.

Master Bath, AFTER

Master Bath, Detail

Master Bath, Detail

Master Bath, Detail

The new master bath features matching vanities in gray with marble countertops that have been given an aged, antique look.

 

Master Bath, Detail

Master Bath, Detail

Master Bath, Detail

The Bunk Room

Homeowners John and Stephanie have two grown kids, who are likely to visit frequently. For accommodating kids and guests, Joanna devised a new bunk room with four queen-sized bunk beds. The new guest bunk room occupies the space of the former kitchen.

The Bunk Room

The bunk beds feature alcove design with stained shiplap paneling, iron railings and integrated stairs. The stairs are painted white with natural wood treads.

Bunk Room, Detail

Bunk Room, Detail

Bunk Room, Detail

 

Outdoor Living Space

At the rear of the house is a new patio and outdoor living space covered by a large pergola.

Outdoor Living Space

The pergola's beam construction and dark staining integrates visually with the new beams at the front entrance and perimeter of the house.

Outdoor Living Space, Detail

 

Outdoor Living Space, Detail

Outdoor Living Space, Detail

Outdoor Living Space, Detail

Home Exterior, AFTER

Fresh landscaping, porch rockers and large urn planters provide a welcome outdoor setting. The covered porch wraps the main portion of the house and is given an elegant look with dark wood flooring and a stone skirt.

Home Exterior, Detail

Home Exterior, Detail

Home Exterior, Detail

Home Exterior, Detail

A Grand Welcome

The newly renovated home, with its strking exterior and completely reimagined inside, is warm, inviting and visually distinctive.

Job Well Done

Chip and Joanna enjoy the moment after the completion of one of their more impressive home re-creations.

The Payoff

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