“We take the worst house in the best neighborhood and we turn it into our clients’ dream home,” Chip Gaines says during the opening theme of the HGTV show Fixer Upper. Chip and his wife Joanna pour time and energy into dated real estate, revealing a charming home for their clients within each 45-minute episode.
My family and I watched a re-run last week of their renovation of The Pit, a two-story house purchased for $10,000 and complete with layers of abandoned junk and squirrel infestations. “This is not the right house,” their client said.
Clint and his wife Kelly saw the bullet holes in the siding and the trash in the yard, but Joanna urged them to look deeper. “This is what we do,” she said, also reminding Clint of his own profession as a woodworker. “Everyone’s throwing it away, you see vision for it.” The house wouldn’t stay this way.