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Episode 04 - The Big Country House

January 3, 2017


This home was on a beautiful piece of land and was previously a farmhouse style home, so when the Eberle family described their style as farmhouse, I knew it was a perfect fit. Stephanie wanted a really comfortable and beautiful space for her whole family to be able to gather for holidays. With this goal in mind, we designed this space completely around the comfort of their visitors. Our biggest challenge by far was reworking the entire footprint of the house. Every original space in the home had to be altered to make the new layout flow and make sense for this family. 

Objective: Make sure these spaces are big enough for the whole family to enjoy when they come to visit.

Objective: These spaces needed to be large enough for family to spread out, but also open so that everyone could gather in these separate areas and still be together.

Objective: Stephanie wanted a bedroom and bathroom that felt luxurious and large.

Objective: The Eberles wanted a bunk room that sleeps 8, so their kids would have a comfortable space to stay when they come to visit for holidays.

Objective: Build a comfortable outdoor space for the Eberle family to gather together.

Q. How have you enjoyed your outdoor space?

A. We spend so much time out there. We love to look out and see the horses and cows. Whether we are out there at night under the stars or just drinking our coffee in the morning, we can’t get enough of it.

Q. What’s your favorite part of the house?

A. My wife would say it’s the kitchen. It has all the amenities. Mine would have to be the back patio.

Q. Have you had any guests stay in the bunk room yet?

A. At Thanksgiving we had about 18 people stay at the house. Everyone loved the great use of space, and the kids were all fighting to stay in the bunk room.

Q. What advice would you give to fans watching your episode?

A. If you want to build the house of your dreams, then you should go all the way. Do everything, and don’t cut corners. Go for the look that you really want because it will be worth it in the end.

Chip and I enjoyed designing this house with the Eberles and their extended family in mind. We loved dreaming up spaces where they would host and entertain. Picturing where their Christmas tree would go and how easy Thanksgiving would be with their new Butler’s pantry really did make this project fun. Thank you, Eberles, for letting us renovate your beautiful new farmhouse!


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  • Elveta
    11:55 am, July 21, 2017
    I love watching the show, and the amazing transformations. Do you give out design details, i.e. paint colors, tile choices that you use? Choosing paint colors is something that's quite difficult for me. I love the "Big Country House" (season 4, episode 4), especially the "neutral gray" in bedroom.
  • Drea
    11:20 pm, July 18, 2017
    In the foyer, there was an extremely large/oversized wooden screen hanging on the wall. I love it! Where can I purchase it? Thanks!
  • Wanda
    10:18 am, July 16, 2017
    What are the exterior paint and stain colors on this house?
  • Barbara
    8:51 am, July 8, 2017
    Please tell me what the countertop material / and pattern is. It looks like ceasar stone...probably not real marble. I need help desperatly as I have to make a decision on my countertops asap!
  • Dubs
    10:32 am, July 4, 2017
    Does anyone know what the backsplash tile is?
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