The first rule of real estate is location, location, location, but what happens when a buyer's only option in the right location is a house with dreadful design and a clunky layout? We say buy it — then fix it! "Fixer Upper" pairs renovation, design and real estate pros Chip and Joanna Gaines with Waco/Dallas, Texas-area buyers to renovate the wrong house that's in the right location.
The Dansby family currently lives in Hillsboro, TX, but their house is too small for their three growing sons. Chip and Jo undertook a sizable and ambitious renovation in this fixer upper, turning a run-down property that had been vacant for two years into this sleek and visually striking showplace.
Baylor alumni Lori and Baron Craft live in Houston, but want to purchase a second home in Waco with the hope that their 12-year-old son will continue the family's legacy. They are looking for a house full of character, but on budget.
With two kids under the age of ten, Jaime and Kyle Ferguson are drawn to the good schools and spacious lots in the area of McGregor, Texas..
Chip and Joanna Gaines take Mike and Val McKenzie on a tour through three houses in nearby Woodway, Texas.
The rolling hills surrounding Waco, Texas are beckoning Todd and Lexia Meek. Todd grew up on a ranch and loves the idea of raising his kids in the same spirit of country living.
Sterling and Casey inherited a 2,000-acre ranch with a house that has been abandoned for ten years. They hope Chip and Joanna can restore the house to its former glory.
Jeff and Sara Jones are Baylor sweethearts and newlyweds, returning to Waco to find a house where they can settle down and one day raise a family.
Luke and Rachel Whyte are a young couple with a growing baby girl, and they feel it's time to settle into a family-sized house.
After living in New York for years, 37-year-old bachelor David Ridley is returning to his roots in Waco, Texas.
Ken and Kelly are newlyweds looking for their first home together in Waco, Texas. Chip and Joanna find a rundown fixer-upper and customize it for the couple.
Chris and Lindy are tired of moving and have decided to settle down near their family in Hewitt, Texas. Chip and Joanna find a rural ranch and convert it into a breezy beach-style home for the couple.
Cameron and Jessie love the cozy charm of small-scale living, but want a place of their own. Chip and Joanna Gaines help adventurous first-time homebuyers save one of only two authentic original shotgun style houses still standing in the Waco area. In the end, they transform this vintage find into an amazing space with imaginative design, but rescuing and restoring the tiny 700-square-foot home turned out to be an epic adventure.
A single foster mother wants to find the ideal environment to raise children, and gets help from her twin sister for the decision.
Cody and Katie have decided to move back to Waco with their young kids. Raising a young family, they hope to find a 3-4 bedroom house with a large backyard in Waco, Texas; strange abodes visited include the Chicken House, the Outhouse and the Wizard of Waco house. They are hoping to find a house with three or four bedrooms and a large backyard for under $185,000.
Joanna and Chip Gaines introduce clients Charmaine and Chuck to the historic Sanger Heights neighborhood. The family wants to be a part of the revitalization of this community of homes that are either vacant or dilapidated.
Chip and Jo Gaines take Becky and Heath Ivy to Woodway, TX in search of a home for their growing family and Heath's thriving business. They tour three houses with three different styles and three unique construction challenges.
Chip and Joanna Gaines take a tour with clients Clint and Kelly Harp through the Brook Oaks neighborhood. The Harps are big city transplants looking for a house with an urban feel.
Chip and Jo take a tour with single mom Karla Griffis through the Castle Crest neighborhood of Waco, Texas. After a difficult divorce, Karla's ready to move on from the hardest time of her life to the happiest.
Heather, Andrew and Steven McCall ask the Gaines to find a retreat for their missionary parents. Dr. Tim and Janice McCall run an orphanage in Uganda, living in a 160-sq-ft home. They need a refuge for their biannual visits.
Rachel and Andrew Erwin are asking Chip and Jo Gaines to find them a home in the Viking Hills neighborhood where 'for sale' signs are rare. But the Gaines are determined to find the young family their dream home.
Chip and Joanna Gaines are in Robinson, Texas, looking for a farmhouse for clients Rebecca and Joel Mahan. The couple are physicians with three kids of their own and more on the way as they plan to adopt several foster children.
Chip and Joanna Gaines seek a home in Waco for Devon and Hannah Jonklaas. The Jonklaases want a home with lots of acreage and lots of bedrooms. Devon, a biochem professor, wants to be close to work and to Hannah, who's expecting.
Chip and Joanna Gaines are helping client Dr. Marla Hendricks find a home in Waco for her and her new husband. These baby boomers fell in love later in life but are young at heart seeking a home that will fit their lifestyle.
Andrew and Brittany are first-time buyers; they're looking for a home with plenty of space for their beloved pooches.
Keith and Annabeth Morgan recently adopted two girls and are hoping to find a house where their family can have space to grow. The Gaines family has a bedroom design face-off to create a special space for the Morgan kids.
Matt and Melissa look to buy their first house together in Waco, Texas. Local school districts and parks are big draws for the couple, but they need the vision of Chip and Jo to help them find the perfect home to put down roots.
With two grown kids out of the house, John and Stephanie Eberle agree it's time to downsize and look for the perfect place to relax as they enter retirement. Chip and Johanna take them on a tour of vastly different homes in hopes of satisfying some of their priorities that include a large kitchen, a nice living space and a location that's near amenities while in a quiet neighborhood. They narrow their search to two homes with excellent views in peaceful surroundings but will one home's need of major renovations influence their decision?
Cleveland Browns quarterback and former Baylor Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, reaches out to Chip and Joanna for help renovating the home of a veteran in the Waco community. When Robert's Family of III Foundation learns that the home of Vietnam veteran Bill Graham and his wife is too small and not easily accessible, they want to help. Chip and Joanna are honored to be a part of the project, and with the help of RGIII, the US Army and the entire community, they're able to transform the lives of this sweet couple by giving them the home of their dreams.
As Chip and Joanna Gaines help empty nesters Kelvin and Culetta Beachum find a new home, their son, Kelvin Beachum Jr. of the Jacksonville Jaguars, secretly teams up with the Gaineses to give his parents the home of their dreams.
A friend and fellow designer who's expecting a baby enlists Chip and Joanna to renovate her family home before the due date.
Chip and Joanna have a longtime friend who has a dream of living in a houseboat on Lake Waco. With an all-in budget of $85,000, the trio tour some of the available options and then face plenty of design challenges as they take on a tight space that, hopefully, floats.
San Diego transplants Mary and Dustyn are on the hunt for their family's dream home in Waco, Texas, and they're looking for a four-bedroom with a large yard and open space for hosting.
Jordan and Rachel dream of moving to the country with their three children, and enlist the help of Chip and Joanna after their contract falls through on another property in hopes of a second chance at country living.
Jenny and Ramil are moving to Waco, Texas, from California to be closer to Ramil's mother, and look for something that needs work despite initial concerns.
Matt and Samantha Hardy are looking to move from Austin to Waco, Texas and buy their first house together.
Bryce and Emily Sandvall want a new home for their family of five in the Woodway area that's not only right for their family but also has a traditional design style that they love.
After looking at houses for months with no luck, Gayle and Tim Jackson need help to find a new place for their family of four that has four bedrooms and three bathrooms that, ideally, can be renovated within their budget.
Chip and Joanna take on a historical project for Courtney and Joey Scrivano, who are ready to upgrade from their modest loft to a house where they can raise their new baby; the 1927 Tudor home is outdated and lacks a true master suite.
Chip and Joanna work with the Aguilar family to find a forever home that fits their family of four and reflects their personal style.
Chip and Jo return to their roots and work to give a home a clean, new look, until Jo decides she wants her sister and brother-in-law to buy the house.
Chip and Jo meet with a client who just purchased a 1950s bungalow hoping to make it her forever home after losing her husband to cancer.
A couple moves from Oregon to Waco, Texas, and enlists Chip and Jo to transform their bland, outdated home.
Chip and Joanna team up with their friend Jimmy Don to transform a bland little house into a modern mountain cabin for his son.
Chip and Joanna team up with Tim Tebow and his foundation to create a wheelchair accessible home for the Copp Family.
A couple has narrowed down their search to three homes that would work for their family of five. They task Chip and Jo with determining which house has the most renovation potential for their all-in budget of $850,000. Once they pick their house, Chip and Jo get to work transforming the house into a French country-meets-traditional style retreat. But with two large living rooms, two dining areas, and a brand new sunroom, will they be able to reach the finish line on time?
Chip and Jo decide to build a large garden at the farm with their children; the garden will contain fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers as well as a chicken coop, a chicken run and a cottage-style garden shed.
Chip and Jo's clients are looking for a house with a view and plenty of room for their grandchildren. After a frustrating house hunt, Chip and Jo come to the rescue with a creative plan that'll give them the home of their dreams and incredible views.
A wounded veteran and his girlfriend call on Chip and Jo to help them convert their house in Waco into a dreamy farmhouse. While the land is beautiful and majestic, the house is small and built inside an existing barn.
Chip and Jo meet up with a friend who is hoping to buy a modern-industrial style loft with a guest bedroom and an office in downtown Waco. After finding the perfect spot, Chip and Jo get to work tackling their first-ever downtown loft apartment.
After 17 years of working and living abroad in Pakistan, a couple returns home to Waco and enlists Chip and Jo to help renovate an 1890's farmhouse they bought sight unseen. Chip and Jo implement the Moroccan and Scandinavian design styles.
Chip and Joanna Gaines take clients Kimberly and Blake Batson on a tour through three houses in Waco, TX. The young newlyweds run the 'Common Grounds' coffee shop and are looking for a home close to their business.
First time buyers fall in love with a charming historic home and then face pricey repairs.
Chip and Joanna Gaines take Genny and Russ Davis on a tour through three homes in Woodway, Texas. A desirable, established neighborhood tempts a new home builders to consider a fixer upper.
Nearly empty nesters and boomer newlyweds search for a waterfront home for three, but with extra space when all the kids come home for their blended family of nine.
New parents' new arrival determines deadline for Chip and Jo Gaine's finished fixer.
A long-time friend of Jo's returns to Waco hoping to find the perfect fixer-upper for his family.
A couple with conflicting taste compromises on a fixer-upper for their family.
Large lots and big trees attract a young family to an established neighborhood.
Jill and Josh Barrett are looking for a fun, fresh home to accommodate Josh's four kids and the couple's new baby on the way. The Gaines offer an eclectic group of houses in the Wooded Acres neighborhood.
A young mother searches for a fixer with wide-open spaces and room to share with her mom and son.
Deanna and Paul King need a bigger home for their large family. They hope to find a rural home located a reasonable distance from next door neighbors in Hubbard, Texas. Chip and Joanna show them three houses in the small town.
Chip and Joanna Gaines help a family find a spacious fixer upper for lakeside fun.