Fixer Upper is a home improvement show starring Chip and Joanna Gaines. This is a show that combines Chip’s real estate and construction know-how with Joanna’s love for design to transform houses needing repair into outstanding pieces of real estate.
The series is set in the back and forth of the clients of Magnolia Homes, a remodeling and design business in Waco, Texas and owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines. The premise of the show is nothing new; clients wanting to buy a fixer upper and transform it into a beautiful space to live in, all with limited time and money. And Chip and Joanna make it happen.
This is generally what happens in each episode, the different personalities of the clients spicing things up a bit, their anxieties and quirks out of full display. It is fun to watch, and there are often piquant emotions for the viewer when seeing the expressions and reactions of clients when their humble expectations are exceeded by the beauty grandeur of what has been delivered.
This is one of the great things about the show, but also about this part of the real estate business. There is such value brought to the lives of people when they have a beautiful place to live, that they can call their “home”. The whole remodeling process has a piece of magic about it, where you take a neglected property, invest a modest budget in renovation, and create an extraordinary home for otherwise ‘ordinary’ people.
Chip has a bit of a clown act going on. He’s goofing around, saying and doing cringe-worthy things, seemingly whenever he can. Joanna, meanwhile, looks on wondering where all this may be going, cutting it off when it’s not working. Plenty of rolled eyes and baffled stares from Joanna, though they clearly in love.
Chip is obviously a talented contractor. There are years of experience there that enable a quick scan of the situation to know what needs to be done, and then he does it. Joanna, meanwhile, has an other-worldly sense of design, at odds with her groundedness and level-headed foil to Chip’s goofball. She talks with the client(s), looks at the property, then goes off and creates a blueprint for turning the usually modest houses they are working on, into incomprehensively beautiful pieces of real estate art.
The backdrop of each episode is the timeline they have to make the transformation happen, and the budget with which to do it. The dramatic tension is wound up a notch when problems appear close to deadline, and everyone is tested. A bit of point is made about how Chip and Joanna alert the clients to the problem and offer potential solutions as soon as possible, being the über professional business people they are, but who can argue with that?
The reveal days are the highlight, and you see the wonder of renovations and the new world they create. The reactions of the clients are usually priceless, and can sometimes be teary affairs for the viewer. But that’s the value of the show. This is now their new home.