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Episode 13 - The Worm House

March 10, 2017

Jordan and Rachel, along with their three young kids, needed a home where they could spread out, but also where they could gather as a family. The house they chose was an undertaking, but the fact it was on land and had more than enough wide open space for their kids to play and grow made it a fun project to tackle. The Barker family loves the farmhouse style, and we decided to give it its own unique style by incorporating a European feeling as well.


Objective: Open up the floor plan and create a kitchen and living room.


Objective: Update and rework the fireplace to be the anchor of the family room.


Objective: A private office was at the top of the wish list for Jordan, who works from home.  


Objective: Bump out the master bedroom, and add a gable to the exterior. Update the bedroom and bathroom.

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What made you decide to build your Fixer Upper out in the country as opposed to a home in the city of Waco?

We lived near downtown Waco for 9 years and loved it, but we always had the country in our hearts. We had been casually searching for some land for about a year, so when we saw this property we were excited to be able to pursue something outside of town.

How do you plan on using your land? 

Part of our reason for moving to the country was a desire to do homesteading of some kind. We love the idea of using produce from a garden or chickens to give back to the community. We have also played around with fun ideas like a pumpkin patch, flower fields, or a Christmas tree farm.

What was one of your favorite things about the renovation process?

One of my favorite things was the level of involvement. It’s nice to share your input and opinions about the design of the home, but then relinquish all of the details. There isn’t pressure to be focused on every little part, and we were able to trust the design would come out to reflect our style.

I love the way we were able to take a home that was so opposite of what this family needed, and made it a functional and beautiful family home for the Barkers! Chip and I hope they are happy here for years to come!


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  • Jerry Sweeney
    1:23 pm, February 8, 2018
    I also am interested in learning where I can acquire the tall pillar candle holders on the fireplace.
  • Lisa Keith
    11:56 am, February 4, 2018
    I absolutely love the candle sticks on fireplace.. where can I find them?
  • Candice Moran
    9:53 am, February 4, 2018
    Hi C & J!!
    My husband and I want to repaint our master bedroom and LOVE the wall colors of the master bedroom on this episode... can you please tell us the color paint so we can do the same.... Thank you!!!!
    Candice & Jeff
  • Libby
    11:37 am, January 28, 2018
    I love the look of the back splash tiles you used in the Barker's kitchen, they look like classic subway tiles but are not so perfect with what looks like rough edges, can you tell me where to purchase them?
    • Sandy Redmond
      9:12 am, February 4, 2018
      Hi Libby, I want to know the very same! When watching the episode, she did mention that the tiles were "hand-made", but I don't know if there were made locally, or purchased online! If you find them please let me know and I'll do the same! I hope we get an answer soon, I'm in the middle of my kitchen renovation and really want to use them! Good luck to you as well....
    • Deborah Menchaca
      9:23 pm, February 8, 2018
      I’ve been online all day looking for the hand painted subway tile and the accent tile over the cooktop. I cannot find them anywhere...I am getting bummed because I am going to remodel my kitchen next month and would like to get them ordered. Please let me know if you find out where Joanna purchased them. Thanks a bunch!
    • Deborah Menchaca
      9:33 pm, February 8, 2018
      Libby, I got it!!! Tabarka Brick! Tabarkastudio.com! I believe the tile over the cooktop is in there too but got excited and wanted to share this info with you!
  • Donna Kelly
    10:46 pm, January 27, 2018
    I love love the coffee table in the living room in the Barker home, episode 13 aired on March 17.. Can you tell me where it was purchased or where I can find it? Thank you...heading to Austin in April and making a day trip to Magnolia Farms! super excited
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