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. LIVING + KITCHEN Objective: Combine these spaces into one open great room. The Matsumotos love the clean lines of shiplap, so we went with that in the main spaces to provide a clean back drop for the rest of the design. The raised ceilings in the living and kitchen made this feel like a true family great room with plenty of space for this family to be together. The industrial feel of the vent hood and stainless steel appliances was warmed and balanced by these walnut stained wooden beams and hardwood floors. This was the first time we’d ever done waterfall concrete countertops on an island —which, turns out, are tough to install! But we loved the look so much that is was well worth the installation. Custom iron shelving units tied in a more modern touch to the shiplap backdrop. The most unique of the shelving units is the one suspended over the island. The Matsumotos didn’t need a dining room, so to conserve space we did an island large enough that they could all pull up a chair and eat together. MASTER SUITE Objective: Create a relaxing retreat with enough room for the Matsumotos to spread out and relax. The most unique thing about the master bedroom is the raw wood ceilings made with wood salvaged from the original house’s structure. It added such a fun texture and a unique element to remind this family of where this house started. To match the ceiling, we also salvaged wood from the original structure for sliding barn doors leading into the master bathroom. The master bathroom’s vanity was custom built to look like an antique piece, and brought warmth to this space that was otherwise very cool. Two toned tile floors, subway tile and a black clawfoot tub made this master bathroom feel like a true modern farmhouse design. GIRL’S ROOM Objective: Create a space that the Matsumotos’ daughter can grow into. This was the perfect space for a little girl to grow! Soft colors and sweet childlike accents made this room perfect for the Matsumotos’ youngest daughter. To add a fun texture to the ceiling in here, we used repurposed beadboard, which added to the whimsical feel of the room. BOYS’ ROOM Objective: Build a fun, interactive space the Matsumotos’ son can grow up loving. Boyish details, like the corrugated metal wainscoting, made this room feel young and fun. We built this custom bunk bed to look like a little treehouse. The Matsumotos’ son loved it which made it so much fun for us! BACK PATIO Objective: Set aside an outdoor dining space the Matsumotos can gather and share meals. The family didn’t need a formal dining room for their lifestyle, but they did want an outdoor gathering space, so we combined the two to make an outdoor eating space that matched the rest of the home. Black iron planters, a black iron light fixture and a custom metal sign personalized the outdoor patio and made it a perfect space for family dinners together. Clint did this table for me. It turned out to be the perfect gathering space for the Matsumoto family to share meals. Our sweet friend Jimmy Don designed this sign for the Matsumoto family. interview with HOMEOWNER 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.