8 Burning Questions About HGTV’s Fixer Upper
1. Do the homeowners get to keep the furniture and accessories Joanna decorates the houses with?
The finished houses are usually staged for the show with items from her store Magnolia Market.
The homeowners then have the option to buy whichever pieces of furniture or decorative items they want to keep. More details about the staging here.
2. What happens to the rooms we don’t see finished on TV?
According to Jaime Ferguson, who wrote about her experience on the show for the blog Holy Craft, they finish all of the rooms but only stage the ones that will be featured on the show.
3. Gimme the deets on their Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast. How can I book one of the rooms?
Despite its name, Magnolia House is actually a vacation rental, not a traditional bed and breakfast, which means you’ll have the whole place to yourself.
They started taking reservations in February, and it’s already pretty much booked through the end of the year.
It’s located in McGregor, Texas, about 20 minutes outside Waco, and runs $695-$995 a night. Visit the Magnolia House website for photos and rental information.
4. What software do we see Joanna using on the show?
The 3D modeling software featured on “Fixer Upper” is called SketchUp.
5. How long do the renovations typically take?
About 8 weeks.
6. Where can I find photos of the houses featured in the episodes?
They post before and afters like the one above on their website and often include additional information, including floor plans!
7. Do they really help the homeowners find a fixer upper to buy?
From what I’ve heard, they prefer if you already have a fixer upper before applying to be on the show.
That means the house-hunting we see in the first half hour is probably just for entertainment purposes. There may be exceptions to this, however. (Via Waco Tribune.)
8. How can I get on the show?
They’re already casting for Season 5. To be eligible, you first have to buy a house within 40 miles of Waco, Texas.
Second, come up with at least $30,000 for renovations and be ready to pay more if possible.