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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  • Chari
    3:39 pm, April 23, 2017
    What is the tile used above the stove in the kitchen?
  • Keiry DePaolis
    8:59 pm, April 20, 2017
    Please let us know the wall colors! We're buying a house with lots of natural wood trim and doors and don't want to paint it and I just absolutely love the way Joanna paired the wood and wall colors. Soooo beautiful!
  • Andrea Hoffman
    9:23 pm, April 14, 2017
    We are getting ready to cover the posts on our front porch and also add wood shutters. Would love to know the wood type (and size) and stain color used on the Worm House columns.
  • Christine Toose
    3:36 pm, April 13, 2017
    From drab to fab!
    Christine xx
    Sunshine Coast, Australia.
  • Tara letchworth
    2:06 pm, April 13, 2017
    What is the paint color used in the office?
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