AT HOME | a blog by Joanna Gaines

Episode 13 - The Worm House

March 10, 2017

Jordan and Rachel, along with their three young kids, needed a home where they could spread out, but also where they could gather as a family. The house they chose was an undertaking, but the fact it was on land and had more than enough wide open space for their kids to play and grow made it a fun project to tackle. The Barker family loves the farmhouse style, and we decided to give it its own unique style by incorporating a European feeling as well.

Objective: Open up the floor plan and create a kitchen and living room.

Objective: Update and rework the fireplace to be the anchor of the family room.

Objective: A private office was at the top of the wish list for Jordan, who works from home.  

Objective: Bump out the master bedroom, and add a gable to the exterior. Update the bedroom and bathroom.

What made you decide to build your Fixer Upper out in the country as opposed to a home in the city of Waco?

We lived near downtown Waco for 9 years and loved it, but we always had the country in our hearts. We had been casually searching for some land for about a year, so when we saw this property we were excited to be able to pursue something outside of town.

How do you plan on using your land? 

Part of our reason for moving to the country was a desire to do homesteading of some kind. We love the idea of using produce from a garden or chickens to give back to the community. We have also played around with fun ideas like a pumpkin patch, flower fields, or a Christmas tree farm.

What was one of your favorite things about the renovation process?

One of my favorite things was the level of involvement. It’s nice to share your input and opinions about the design of the home, but then relinquish all of the details. There isn’t pressure to be focused on every little part, and we were able to trust the design would come out to reflect our style.

I love the way we were able to take a home that was so opposite of what this family needed, and made it a functional and beautiful family home for the Barkers! Chip and I hope they are happy here for years to come!


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  • Nikki bohm
    1:24 pm, July 15, 2017
    Looking for the decorative backsplash tile and they worm house please let me know where I can find it thank
  • Nikki bohm
    1:24 pm, July 15, 2017
    Would love to use the backsplash tile in the worm house for my kitchen remodel can't find it anywhere please let me know where I can find it
  • Tracey Lancaster
    6:58 am, July 13, 2017
    Desperately trying to find where to order the subway tile from the kitchen. Has anyone located it?
  • Laurie Barrett
    3:20 pm, July 7, 2017
    Where can I find out how to order the hand painted terra cotta tile backsplash in this house? Only interested in the cream colored field tile, not the patterned tile. PLEASE help me locate this lovely tile!
    • Tracey
      7:00 am, July 13, 2017
      Did you ever find the subway tiles?
  • Sandra England
    11:54 am, June 18, 2017
    My single, disabled sister just had a huge tree COLAPSE one end of her frame house- with the recent N. Louisiana TORNADOS! She's hoping to try & rebuild onto what's LEFT of her home with/from insurance $$$ by cutting THE HOUSE in HALF-and ADDING on to it! (Wish I could send you a pic of the horrible mess-she's dealing with! At least the insurance company sent a crew/crane out to REMOVE THE TREE!) What's LEFT is 2 Bedrooms & 2 SMALL baths on the "salvaged" end of the house! Would you ask Chip if "cutting a house IN TWO" is REALLY possible-& IF he thinks she'd be BETTER OFF FINANCIALLY doing that? I think she's still IN SHOCK from the trauma of it all, because she's saying, "I don't need much space-since it's just me. I might could make my master bdrm-- my living room, & my master bath(which she's ALWAYS hated)-a small kitchen (REVERSING the original United Built plan). Personally, I think it would COST her MORE money-THAT way, than trying to just rebuild the living room & kitchen back-the way it was ! She at a LOSS-literally, and I'm not sure she could find REPUTABLE "sub-contractors" in her area, but please ask him HIS ADVICE-before she makes a "confused decision!" She WANTED to PAY off her $50,000 balance-so she would not have to have a house payment coming out of her "disability check" monthly-but I'm afraid she'll just be swindled out of everything, if she's not WELL-ADVISED!! (She won't have but a FEW thousand LEFT if she does that-AND, there are SO MANY "crooked contractors" out there! Please THANK CHIP for his advice-FROM A CONCERNED SISTER (-IN-CHRIST)!! WE LOVE YOU BOTH-& YOU TWO do MORE FOR OUR LORD'S KINGDOM-than you will ever REALIZE, 'til WE ALL SEE HIM FACE TO FACE!! GOD BLESS YOU-& YOUR PRECIOUS LITTLE ONES!! (BTW-Betty's disabled from falling out of a dilapidated deer-stand years ago-breaking her NECK! The doctors called her "their MIRACLE PATIENT (BECAUSE-SHE WAS!!)
    • Janis
      9:04 am, June 20, 2017
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