We Love Chip and Jo
We can’t wait for season 5, so we’re looking back at some of our favorite things.
We've all been on an incredible journey with Chip and Joanna for five years. It takes a huge amount of time and creative energy to make a phenomenal series like Fixer Upper.
We understand their decision to spend more time with their family. Like all of their fans, we want only the best for them and they know they will always have a home at HGTV.
Fans can expect that the upcoming season of Fixer Upper will be the best season ever and we can't wait for it to hit the air later this year.
And in the meantime, enjoy this Chip and Jo love fest.
Getting their feet wet? Dipping a toe in the water? In over their heads? Without a paddle? The puns just keep coming. Bottom line: For this project, Chip and Joanna take on a new niche in home renovation when they help a friend find and build a home on the water — literally. They help a young father of four find a used houseboat he can afford, and then (as is their forte) transform it into something well beyond his expectations.
Chip's long-time friend Brett Swartz is a Waco native who had a yearning for the lake life. He was looking to downsize and provide a simpler and more nature-driven life for his four beautiful kids. After looking at a few houseboat options, Brett settled on this (temporarily, at least) landlocked craft. "The Double Decker", as Chip dubbed it, was 43 feet from stem to stern. It was built in 1970 and had an asking price of $27,000. Brett's all-in budget was $85,000, leaving a renovation budget of $58,000.
A key question for Chip was whether the boat was structurally sound and, after all the additions and improvements, would it still float? Cutting to the chase, it did. Chip and Joanna transformed the boat that homeowner Brett initially described as "big and pretty ugly" into this visually stunning and contemporary home on the water.
Living Room, AFTER
The main living area was reconfigured, with the stairs relocated to the rear of the boat and the first floor ceiling raised by about a foot. A sizable cut-out was created to open up the transition between the downstairs and upstairs, giving the space a loft-like feel. Floor-to-ceiling windows — on both levels — also help serve to give the entire area a dramatically open feel while providing tons of natural light and amazing views.
Living Room, AFTER
Homeowner Brett's renovation wish list included a home environment with modern flair, a good flow, family friendly living area and some spaces that afforded privacy. The main living room was updated with dark paneling replaced with new wood surfaces painted in bright white. The old floor was removed and replaced with vinyl-plank flooring that's water resistant but still has a natural wood look.
The bathroom was essentially gutted and made over in grays, black and natural wood tones. A sliding door on rollers was installed both as a stylistic touch and to save space. Other new features include gray concrete top for the vanity and dark gray subway tile for the shower.
Like the bathroom, the kitchen was entirely made over, with the old cabinets removed and replaced with modern black cabinetry and lots of open shelving. Wall-to-wall windows spanning the entire length of the kitchen bring in lots of natural light and afford wraparound views.
A serving bar with barstools is incorporated into the kitchen floorplan to serve as informal dining space. In a last-minute addition, and to provide more kitchen work surface, Joanna commissioned this small custom island with welded metal base and natural wood top.
Bunk Room, AFTER
The updated bunk room offers plenty of sleeping space for the kids or guests. Joanna incorporated natural wood elements, iron railings and fixed metal ladders in black finish.
Master Bedroom, AFTER
The master bedroom was enlarged by removing an exterior wall and framing in and enclosing what had previously been an upper deck. The space is not only expanded, but given a whole new look with white paneling, black interior awnings and an accent wall in natural wood "skinnylap" — one of Joanna's new favorite wall treatments.
Master Bedroom, AFTER
AFTER: Curb Appeal Without the Curb
The new exterior offers a beautiful visual balance between the modern black siding and the natural wood of the trim and planter boxes. The wood siding is, in fact, not painted but instead treated using a natural preservation process called Shou Sugi Ban. The traditional Japanese technique involves burning the surface of the wood to create a protective seal as well as a visually distinctive finish.
"Chip and Joanna really captured just the simple, subtle, modern design that I wanted. I didn't want anything flashy. I didn't want anything shiny. I just wanted it simple and I feel like they really got it perfect." —homeowner Brett Swartz
Carefully Blended Ingredients
The recipe for this visually balanced kitchen includes plenty of natural wood to help soften the bold visual impact of the black-and-white patterned tile and the contrasting cabinets and countertops.
Country + Modern
The kitchen, located on the second floor, effectively marries contemporary elements like stainless appliances and black metal railing with more rustic and utilitarian basics such as concrete countertops and a custom island in unpainted wood finish.
Meet the Meeks
Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines with homeowners Todd and Lexia Meek in their new dining room. The Meeks were looking for a place with character in a country setting with some acreage and ample space for a family of five. Their wish list included 4 bedrooms, a large kitchen and a space for entertaining. They were working with an all-in budget of $359,000 and were willing to consider something a little outside the mainstream.
"Outside the mainstream" is exactly what the Meeks got when they opted for this former horse-barn with concrete slab floors and absolutely no frills. It sits on a 16-acre tract, was built in 1980 and had been partially renovated to added a modest upstairs apartment. Prior to the renovation, the entrance was via outside stairs and this second story porch. List price for the land and barn was $180,000.
Large windows and traditional barn doors add a dramatic flourish to the new entrance for the beautifully remodeled ground floor. The outside stairs and upper porch were removed and an impressive set of doors added to replace the metal garage door that was there previously.
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, the kitchen in the second story of the country barn home features a custom island, coffee bar, new stainless steel appliances, and shiplap walls.
Kitchen and Upstairs Dining Space, AFTER
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, the home's kitchen features a custom vent hood over the stainless steel stove. The black and white backslash adds color and interest to the space. The custom kitchen island is a perfect blend of rustic and contemporary style that's carried throughout the kitchen.
Dining Space and Kitchen, BEFORE
The renovation budget for the barn conversion was $180,000. A large portion of that went to infrastructure and utility upgrades such as adding HVAC and upgrading plumbing and electrical for the downstairs portion of the structure. The estimate for the upstairs kitchen upgrade was $30,000.
Dining Space and Kitchen, AFTER
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, the barn home's second story was completely transformed into a spacious eat in kitchen. The walls were removed to open the space and a new kitchen and dining room were added to allow for more hosting.
Upstairs Living Room, AFTER
Boys' Bedroom, AFTER
Modern Country Living
The barn conversion is one of the more distinctive and unusual Fixer Uppers that Chip and Joanna have undertaken, and it offers a taste of the types of elements that might be incorporated into their new headquarters at Magnolia Silos. Distinguishing exterior features seen here include a classic metal roof, extra large windows, sliding barn doors and exterior gooseneck lamps.
Joanna first considered sandblasting the brick exterior but ultimately settled on giving it a fresh, bright white exterior with contrasting accents like the black window frames, shutters, ironwork and metal awnings with alternating black and white stripes.
The bathroom was updated to tie in visually with the rest of the space. White subway tiles for the walls, patterned floor tiles and natural wood keep the look clean and classic. Custom pressed-tin ceiling tiles were created for the bathroom by a friend in Hillsboro, TX. Old, reclaimed corrugated tin is flattened then pressed with a decorative pattern and painted.
"So not only am I trying to figure out the design and finalize that so we stay on schedule, [but] there's a whole other element — the menu. It's taking some time and some thought and some trial and error... I think I've tasted more cupcakes in the last month than I have in my entire life."
The Finished Space
"I think, for me, the inspiration was, I wanted this thing to feel like it had been here all along. I didn't want the renovations to take away from the history of that building. And I feel like, when you walk in, it really feels like this place has been here for 100 years."