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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

Kitchen

Living, Dining, and Kitchen

Office + Sitting Room

Master Bedroom + Bathroom

Girls Bedroom

Boys Bedroom

Staircase

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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  • Layne Rousseau
    12:29 am, February 20, 2018
    I so appreciate both of you and your family. The love you share for each other, your children, and God is such a testimony and an inspiration. I will miss the show but bless all of you as you go forward and especially in the birth of your baby. Blessings to all of you.
  • Lisa Spencer
    5:56 pm, February 19, 2018
    Is there a garage or carport anywhere? Where do you park?
  • Sarah
    2:10 pm, February 19, 2018
    I will miss your inspirations and your creativeness in all of your projects. Especially how meticulously you picked all the materials that you selected for all your projects and decorating. My best wishes to you both on your new endeavors. Congratulations of your very special addition to your family too! Sincerely, <3
  • SUZANNE MUZECHUK
    1:09 pm, February 18, 2018
    JO AND CHIP, I HATE THAT YOUR ENDING YOUR SHOW....I ABSOLUTLEY LOVE WHAT YOU BOTH DO..EVEN MY HUSBAND FINDS CHIP HYSTERICALLY FUNNY.....I TO AM A DESINGNEROF 36 YRS. I HAVE SLOWED DOWN BECAUSE I LOVE TO WATERCOLOR. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU HAVE ACTUAL PLANS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GARDEN THAT WAS JUST SEEN. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOUR IDEAS AND WHAT YOU ACTUALLY DID., ESPECIALLY THE RAIED BEDS. I LOVE TO GARDEN AND HAVE THREE..I HAVE SOMEWHAT NEGLECTED THEM IN RECENT YEARS BECAUSE OF THINGS I DO FOR CHARITY ETC. BUT NOW ITS MY TIME. IF YOU WOULD CONSIDER SHARING WHAT THE BASICS WERE , I WOULD BE HAPPY TO PAY FOR THEM. I ALREADY HAVE A SHED. BUT I CAN'T GET THE ENTIRE GARDEN OUR OF MY HEAD AND I HAVE WATCHED THE SHOW ON IT TWICE. I REALLY ADMIRE AND RESPECT WHAT YOU, CHIP AMD YOUR CHILDREN DO. THE WORLD NEEDS TO SEE MORE OF THIS KIND OF PROGRAMMING...TAKE CARE WITH THE NEW CHILD COMING.HOW FORTUNATE YOU ALL ARE. AND OF COURSE THERE WILL ALWAYS BE NAH SAYERS.....IT'S THE LITTLE GREEN MONSTERS. CHIP, JUST SO YOU KNOW, 17 YEARS AGO WE HAD A FIRE AND I DEMOLISHED THE HOUSE AND REDSIGN THE ENTIRE THING....THAT WAS ANOTHER STORY IN ITSELF.SO I GET WHY YOU LOVE DEMO DAYS....NO WONDER YOU ARE SUCH A GOOF BALL, YOU TAKE WHATEVER FRUSTRATIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE OUT ON SOMETHING THAT TURNS INTO BEAUTIFUL. BEST WISHES TO ALL OF YOU. THANK YOU, SINCERELY SUZANNE MUZECHUK......THE VERY BEST TO YOU ALL.
  • Stephanie Marie
    9:01 pm, February 17, 2018
    First and for most congratulations on your announcement on your new little girl but please please please Please guys don't give leave us your fans. I'm truly going miss you guys if It is true you guys are leaving hgtv. One day I will be moving to Waco and having you guys make our dreams come true
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