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Fixer Upper: Behind the Design - The Holmes Home

Joanna designs a stunning cabin in the country with modern motifs for metal-craftsman Jimmy Don Holmes and his son Jake. The renovation makes the most of amazing views and indoor-outdoor spaces including a rock patio and firepit. Look for #neverbeforeseen spaces and elements not featured in the original Fixer Upper episode.

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Life In the Country...

Fixer Upper fans will no-doubt be familiar with Joanna's friend and frequent collaborator, Jimmy Don Holmes, a talented metal artist who appeared in several Fixer Upper episodes and made original decorative designs seen in some of the renovations. Chip and Joanna took on the renovation of a small cabin on the Holmes family property in Crawford, Texas, just outside Waco.

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...With a Modern Twist

Joanna came up with a design for an update on the cabin that incorporated a modern aesthetic and massive windows to take full advantage of the scenic setting.

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Friends and Neighbors

Jimmy Don (far right) wanted to update a partially finished one-bedroom house on his property, creating a country retreat for his 21-year-old son Jake (far left). For his first home, Jake wanted a something with a "mountain man" motif, a cabin-like feel, a darker color palette and accents of wood and metal. "The biggest challenge here," said Joanna, "is that I don't want this mountain cabin to come off as cliché … I really want this to be a fresh take on the mountain design."

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The barn-like building sat empty on Jimmy Don's property for years. Built in the '80s, the cabin was a mere 750 square feet, with one bedroom and one bath. Jimmy Don was eager to modify the structure, getting rid of the dilapidated wooden deck and changing the pitch of the gambrel style roof.

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