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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 and Pantry Hall


Living, Dining, and Kitchen

Office and Sitting Room

Master Bedroom

Master 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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  • Marne Craven
    1:59 pm, February 26, 2017
    Serene and beautiful
  • Karen richardson
    11:26 am, February 26, 2017
    Thank you for being the people that you a world that I don'the recognize anymore, you fill my heart.....
  • Jan Higley
    11:20 am, February 26, 2017
    Fabulous home. I love the show and I love Chip & Jo,s interaction. Great personalities and your talent is unbelieveable. Would love to have one of your homes.
  • Cindy VanNosdekn
    8:06 pm, February 25, 2017
    Love your home and I so enjoy watching fixer upper my favorite hgtv show! I feel I know you both, best couple ever!!
  • Lynne Thomas
    5:50 pm, February 25, 2017
    Beautiful home!..I'm big fan in the Chicagoland area!
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