AT HOME | a blog by Joanna Gaines

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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  • Connie
    6:51 am, February 26, 2017
    Love the colors in the living room rug. Can you tell me where to purchase it?
  • DB Boyer
    9:49 am, February 25, 2017
    I notice pianos left in otherwise empty houses. Then sometimes I see the same piano in their newly renovated home. What's up with the pianos?
  • Stacey
    5:35 pm, February 24, 2017
    We're just finishing our brand new farmhouse build. I love looking through your site for inspiration! I'm just wondering what colour/shade of white paint you would recommend for the exterior of a house like this? (What did you use here?)
  • Tammie Seeling
    12:16 pm, February 23, 2017
    Where did y'all get the rockers for the front porch
  • Aurora
    12:28 pm, February 22, 2017
    I love those barstools and need them for our kitchen that is in the process of getting remodeled! Any chance you can tell me where to get them or who the manufacturer is? Thanks so much!
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