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Episode 16 - The Little Shack On The Prairie

March 31, 2017

The Matsumoto farmhouse is definitely the most dramatic transformation of season 4! We couldn’t believe it when the Matsumotos chose this old shack to be their home. The Matsumotos’ style is industrial farmhouse, so every detail of the home is a twist on traditional. I loved the way this unique spin on the classic farmhouse look took well-loved details like shiplap, concrete countertops and repurposed wood to a new level, and it perfectly fit the needs of this sweet family.


Objective: Combine these spaces into one open great room.


Objective: Create a relaxing retreat with enough room for the Matsumotos to spread out and relax.


Objective: Create a space that the Matsumotos’ daughter can grow into.  


Objective: Build a fun, interactive space the Matsumotos’ son can grow up loving.


Objective: Set aside an outdoor dining space the Matsumotos can gather and share meals.

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Q. What was it like being on the other side of the camera?

A. Bizarre! Filming wasn’t too bad since my position with Fixer Upper has taught me a lot about how things work, but being the client was really weird for me. On a typical day I work as a co-worker with Chip and Jo, so it was really different being the client.

Q. How did your home balance design and functionality?

A. Perfectly, the best part is it’s fully functional and it’s beautiful. Things like the countertops and floors make it childproof.

Q. What advice would you give to families renovating their homes?

A. Don’t be afraid to be bold. I think the hardest thing for people to visualize are good bones or good elements to work with.

Q. Did you ever think you would be living in Crawford Texas?

 A. I’m from L.A., born and raised, so I never thought I’d have a house in Texas, but we love it because it’s such a small town. 

This was one of our biggest challenges to-date, but the challenge is what also made it one of the most fun projects we tackled in season 4. A huge thank you to the Matsumoto family who trusted us to let us transform their shack into a beautiful family home! We hope the Matsumotos are happy here for years to come!

Alright folks, that’s a wrap on season 4! This season had some of our most dramatic transformations to-date, and we loved getting to share each of these family’s stories through their spaces. We are currently in the middle of filming season 5…so stay tuned! There are big things still to come for Fixer Upper.



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  • Dawn Logan
    2:03 pm, November 15, 2017
    Are the ceiling beams in the living/kitchen 45 angled?
  • Jodie McCarthy
    5:16 pm, November 13, 2017
    What are the Matzomotos do? He is producer, show cancelling, mortgage in Waco? Job market Waco? Was definitely one my FAV shows!
  • hawley barrett
    1:12 pm, November 13, 2017
    I love your how. it has inspired me to be brave and do things that I would not have done. Thank you
  • Eva McMinn
    9:16 am, November 3, 2017
    Love the open living concept on most of your shows. I am looking to buy a brick ranch and most are separate rooms. Wondered if you have an article on how to determine a new open layout based on utilizing space. My challenges are wanting a lot of windows and moving appliances in a kitchen to make space work and determining load bearing walls.
  • Beverly
    2:08 pm, October 31, 2017
    Love you and your family and your style. I also love reviewing the homes your have renovated for ideas. It would be great if along with the visual of the materials you incorporated that you would also include the paint colors used. Excited to see what is next for y'all!
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