Fixer Upper: The Worm House Renovation

Fixer Upper: The Worm House Renovation

Jordan and Rachel Barker had a little money – and a lot of land – to play with when they first appeared on Fixer Upper. With the help of Chip and Joanna Gaines, they transformed The Worm House. The iconic episode hit screens in 2017, but as the new season of Fixer Upper: Welcome Home is well underway on Magnolia, fans who have watched for years are remembering the Texas house.

Unable to get rid of the property, the couple, along with their children, have remained on the property ever since. We did a little digging high and low to find out what the place looks like four years later.

With a budget of $435,000 to play with, Jordan and Rachel Barker decided to buy 17 acres of land, including a pond, near Waco, Texas. They bought the ‘Worm House’ for $225,000, relying on Chip and Joanna Gaines to renovate it. Joanna Gaines planned to bring the Worm House into a European-style farmhouse, and she did exactly that. Her name came from a chimney that looked like it had potential worms crawling inside. Eek!

Built in the 1980s, the place was in need of a whole spring dusting and cleaning. Chip decided to get rid of the dated tile, cabinets and carpet, while Joanna Gaines set to work removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room.

With four children, Jordan and Rachel planned to turn the place into a home for their family of six. And it all paid off, as the Gaines did everything they could to make the renovation an absolute success. They had a few needs, such as having office space without sacrificing any of the three bedrooms.

Fixer Upper: The Worm House Renovation

As the original kitchen was very small, Worm House was given a giant kitchen and dining room and two new walls in the corner to create an enclosed office. They used recycled materials to maintain the “farmhouse” look. From the wooden beams in the ceiling to the carved wooden doors with the office windows, they definitely managed to retain a rusty feel, but with a modern feel. But there were even worm-like holes in the walls!

They decided to refinish the walls and transformed the bedroom into a large bedroom. They extended the walls out onto the back porch, adding a master bath and walk-in closet.

As for the kitchen, Joanna approached Harp Designs about having a home table built, and instead of painting over the wormholes, they decided to add a layer of plaster over them, as well as over the fireplace.

Written by Meghan Mentell

TV writer
Canadian journalist

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