Ever wonder what makes Chip and Joanna Gainesof "Fixer Upper" the most popular renovation couple on TV? Sure, they're adorable, as are the homes they whip into shape, but the real key to the success of their uber-hit HGTV show is that they intrinsically know how to deliver crowd-pleasing moments—again and again.
Not to say that Chip and Joanna are predictable—or risk-adverse, for that matter—but they do have what most would call their "signature" moves. And they keep fans keep coming back for more. So whether you're looking for some tried-and-true renovation ideas or just want to feel in the know about your favorite reno pair, here's a rundown of the things you can all but bet you'll see on just about every episode of "Fixer Upper."
1. They install shiplap
If you don't knowshiplap, you don't know Joanna. Whether she paints it or stains it or uses wide boards or narrow boards, she finds a way to incorporate this slightly overlapping wooden paneling in just about every house she takes under her wing. Kitchen, living room, bedrooms, offices, even laundry rooms and bathrooms, every room deserves a little shiplap love.
2. They knock down walls
Watching Chip goofily knocking down walls never gets old.
He openly admits that demo day is his absolute favorite part of every project. And it's always dramatic, since there are often surprises lurking in those walls, from termites to leaky plumbing to worms(the worst).
Once these ugly impediments are removed, the results are always stunning, turning cramped quarters into spacious open floor plans. And who could complain about that?
3. They add a kitchen island
Think about it: When was the last time you saw a "Fixer Upper" project that didn't include a kitchen island? It makes sense, since the kitchen island has become thenew favorite gathering placein the American home. Whether big or small, made of marble, or wood from an oldbowling alley, kitchen islands are a perennial favorite.
3. They install a farmhouse sink
Whether you call it a "farmhouse" sink or an "apron-front" sink, you won't find a Gaines-designed kitchen without one. And the bigger the better. Just don't go looking for it to have a divider in the middle; it has to be big enough for a turkey—or to all but climb in there yourself.
4. They eliminate formal dining rooms
Seems like Chip and Joanna don't dig formal dining rooms much, and they're hardly alone. Today's families hardly ever sit down at that big, stuffy table for meals, except on holidays. Why not find a way to revamp this room so it can be enjoyed year round?
5. They repurpose old materials in the house
Wood floors too damaged to fix? Chip and Joanna will remove them, and use the salvageable parts on an accent wall or a ceiling. Used bricks are recycled into a new fireplace or walkway, or vice versa. Old wooden crates sometimes show up as window boxes. And even roof shingles sometimes show up in playrooms and bedrooms as painted accents that give the room a whimsical feel—proving once and for all that anything that's old can be new again.
6. They shop for antiques
In addition to upcycling old items within the home, Chip and Jo will eagerly also add a few strategically selected newantiques. Joanna is especially fond of antique doors and will have the home's original door frame recut to make them fit. But you'll also find her using windows, shingles, mantels, giant wooden beams, staircase balusters, pillars ... all of which add even more of an old-world feel.
7. Their kids pitch in
This is one of the most endearing traits of "Fixer Upper." The Gaines children often help Chip with the demo, or assist Joanna with the staging, or offer their two cents on how the kids' rooms should look. Chip and Joanna openly admit that the show keeps them busy and takes them away from the family, so involving the little tykes in renovations gives them more together time, and teaches them the virtues of hard work. What's not to love about that?
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