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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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  • Heidy Etter
    10:03 am, May 25, 2017
    I absolutely love Fixer Upper and you both, and all the of makeovers but THIS ONE is without a doubt my all-time favorite!!! I cannot stop looking at these photos, dreaming and wishing this was my house! The entire house is beautiful but my favorite feature is the entrance! This is stunning!!! Of course it goes without saying the kitchen is to die for and the patio but this entrance is the best. Joanna you have the perfect eye for fixing it up, that is for sure! My husband and I watch your show together and after this one we just try to imagine living there. Now I want to move to We live in central PA, have been here all our lives but wish so much we could have you come to our home and fix it because it really needs rescued. Sad to hear the news Joanna will not be involved in the show any longer, if this is true, but it's ok...I have the Eberles house to look at forever! God Bless your family. xoxo
  • Maria Rosanella
    4:41 am, May 24, 2017
    Are you coming to Australia? Do you offer a designer consultant option. I am building my farmhouse and would looooovvvveeeeee your opinion
  • Julia
    11:08 am, May 21, 2017
    Love, love, love your home-styles! Many greetings and best wishes from Germany! Julia
  • Laura
    10:15 pm, May 14, 2017
    I love this Fixer Upper project. I would appreciate any info you could provide on the area rug used in the living room and size please. Much appreciated.
  • Mary Geisler
    2:39 pm, May 14, 2017
    Where can I find the chandeliers that are over the island in the kitchen? They are wrought iron with glass and hold five or six lights.
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