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The Farmhouse

April 10, 2014

After living in nine different homes, we were ready to settle on some land and stay a while. Living on a farm has always been a dream of ours, and we were excited when it finally became a reality. We bought the farmhouse in 2012 and spent a year and a half carefully piecing it back together. The oak trees that surround the property are what drew us to the place. The house, however, was too small for our family of 6. It started as a two bedroom house and the attic was unfinished. The only add on was our master bedroom and we reconfigured the rest of the walls within the existing home and worked with what we had. My main priority was to open up the main living, dining, and kitchen area. We also finished out the upstairs and created a nice size family room, a guest bedroom and craft room. It took several months to get all my ideas on paper because there was a lot of reconfiguring to do to make the space work for our family.

No one really knew what year the house was built, but when we started tearing off the vinyl siding on the exterior we found paperwork from 1895. If these oak trees could talk I would love to hear their stories! As we started the demo and the renovation process I wanted to make sure all the character of this amazing old house would not get lost. Since we added on our master bedroom I used the flooring in the attic for my floors and I also incorporated old doors so the space felt like the rest of the house. I had the best time looking for older fixtures and doors to use and we salvaged all the existing trim and molding to preserve the timeless look of this home.

The process took longer than anticipated because we were juggling our business renovations with our personal one. It was a good day when we finally moved in late October of 2013.  I chose whites and soft neutral tones in the farmhouse so that it would be a calm place for the family when life gets full. We are finally in and settled and it is home sweet home for us. We are loving farm life and all the animals that call it their home too. It’s been quite an adventure!

welcome to

The Farmhouse


 Front Elevation

 Rear Elevation

Front Entry

Laundry + Pantry Hall


Living, Dining, and Kitchen

Office + Sitting Room

Master Bedroom + Bathroom

Girls Bedroom

Boys Bedroom


Upstairs Livingroom

Coffee Bar

Craft Room for Kids

Jo’s Craft Room

Guest Room

Guest Bathroom

Outdoor Eating Area

Jo’s Garden

{Photo Credit:Molly Winn Photography}


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  • Ed Grieser
    8:28 pm, January 21, 2018
    Chip, I was looking at one of your shows and you had a major water problem at the front of the house. You solved the problem with a French drain. The next time you might to look at a product called Hydroblox to solve a water problem. It will save you time and money.
  • Mary McCreary
    3:45 pm, January 21, 2018
    You have such a beautiful homey home. The love of the Lord and your family is sure seen and felt when I look at the pictures of your home. God bless! I will miss FIXER UPPER!
  • Cindy Dickerson
    3:54 am, January 20, 2018
    Joanna, I am jealous of the design talent that you have been blessed with!!
    I absolutely love watching your design ideas come to life on the show!! Just tonight I read an article about this other lady that is jealous of you and Chip taken the spotlight on HGTV because she use to be "the one " but that is a testament to how wonderful you are at what you do. My husband and I make a point to watch y'alls show because we find y'all to be not only a very talented couple but also the epitome of what a happy marriage is!! We thank you both for sharing parts of your lives with us. (:
  • Minerva garcia
    7:24 pm, January 19, 2018
    Love your designs
  • Pam Ciaramitaro
    12:39 pm, January 19, 2018
    Your home is perfect!
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