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Episode 04 - The Big Country House

January 3, 2017

 

This home was on a beautiful piece of land and was previously a farmhouse style home, so when the Eberle family described their style as farmhouse, I knew it was a perfect fit. Stephanie wanted a really comfortable and beautiful space for her whole family to be able to gather for holidays. With this goal in mind, we designed this space completely around the comfort of their visitors. Our biggest challenge by far was reworking the entire footprint of the house. Every original space in the home had to be altered to make the new layout flow and make sense for this family. 

KITCHEN + BUTLER’S PANTRY

Objective: Make sure these spaces are big enough for the whole family to enjoy when they come to visit.


LIVING + DINING

Objective: These spaces needed to be large enough for family to spread out, but also open so that everyone could gather in these separate areas and still be together.

MASTER SUITE

Objective: Stephanie wanted a bedroom and bathroom that felt luxurious and large.

BUNK ROOM

Objective: The Eberles wanted a bunk room that sleeps 8, so their kids would have a comfortable space to stay when they come to visit for holidays.

BACK PATIO

Objective: Build a comfortable outdoor space for the Eberle family to gather together.

interview with

HOMEOWNER

Q. How have you enjoyed your outdoor space?

A. We spend so much time out there. We love to look out and see the horses and cows. Whether we are out there at night under the stars or just drinking our coffee in the morning, we can’t get enough of it.

Q. What’s your favorite part of the house?

A. My wife would say it’s the kitchen. It has all the amenities. Mine would have to be the back patio.

Q. Have you had any guests stay in the bunk room yet?

A. At Thanksgiving we had about 18 people stay at the house. Everyone loved the great use of space, and the kids were all fighting to stay in the bunk room.

Q. What advice would you give to fans watching your episode?

A. If you want to build the house of your dreams, then you should go all the way. Do everything, and don’t cut corners. Go for the look that you really want because it will be worth it in the end.

Chip and I enjoyed designing this house with the Eberles and their extended family in mind. We loved dreaming up spaces where they would host and entertain. Picturing where their Christmas tree would go and how easy Thanksgiving would be with their new Butler’s pantry really did make this project fun. Thank you, Eberles, for letting us renovate your beautiful new farmhouse!

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  • Marianne
    4:42 am, February 7, 2018
    Just aired here in Australia. Watching episodes, I often think "I wish I could get you to Australia" but
    ooh-eey! This one just blew me away. Just stunning, stunning, stunning.
  • Jodi
    4:50 pm, February 3, 2018
    What is the planter wall made of on the back patio? Or is it a kit?
  • ALLISON COBLE
    10:59 pm, January 31, 2018
    Can you please tell me what type of flooring was used in the kitchen? Brand, color?
  • Donna
    6:05 pm, January 28, 2018
    Season 4 episode 4 What was the space of the bunk room?
    I have a 16 x 13-8 space and trying to decide if this would be a possibility.
    Thanks!
  • Melinda
    6:25 am, January 26, 2018
    Hi ..can I ask if all the houses u do ..do they come with all the furniture as u see it ?? Thanks
    • Donna
      6:07 pm, January 28, 2018
      I have googled that question before. If it is made specifically for the house yes. Otherwise no, but they can purchase pieces they like.
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