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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.

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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  • Abby
    3:58 am, July 20, 2017
    Hi Jo and Chip,
    Just wanted to let you know that I love watching your show all the way from Australia. How you transform homes is absolutely amazing! You both come across as a really down to earth couple with 4 beautiful children. I have also just discovered your website and would so love to go to Waco one day to see the silos. How passionate you both are comes across in the show.
    Abby Grimshaw, Condobolin, New South Wales, Australia
  • Phyllis
    2:43 am, July 20, 2017
    In Ireland love watching the show it works, and you are a great team.
  • Prisca
    2:11 pm, July 18, 2017
    Need to renovate my house in Rhode Island, please include me in season 5
  • Jessica Halenar
    4:54 pm, July 17, 2017
    love the front door trying to find one like it please let me know where I can find one thank you!!
  • Lynne Alaia
    8:43 am, July 17, 2017
    Would love to know when the twins were born and what they had. Joanna any update on that? There are such a cute family, just like yours.
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