Spend a week living in a ‘Fixer-Upper’ home

Always wanted to see what those home renovations done by HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines really look like? Now you can.

Photo courtesy of Jeff and Sara Jones

For anyone who loves renovating homes (or anyone who loves watching other people do the dirty work!), the names “Chip and Joanna” are likely to ring a bell so loud it can be heard clear across the prairie. The hilarious and equally handy duo have become remodeling royalty with their HGTV hit show Fixer-Upper.

The Gaineses and their renovation company, Magnolia Homes, have turned many Waco, Texas houses into stunning—and decidedly “homey” homes. But they’re so stunning that now a few owners have decided to rent out the homes via AirBnB or VRBO to Fixer Upper fans who want a taste of what it might be like to live in a Gaines remodel.

In a statement, Magnolia spokesperson Brock Murphy said, “We have no problems with our clients’ interest in using sites like VRBO and Airbnb to rent out their homes. In fact, we get it. But we are going to be more strict with our contracts involving Fixer Upper clients moving forward.”

He continued, “We want to honor our national viewing audience. We want to do remodels for clients’ homes.” We understand where the Gaineses are coming from—Joanna’s catchphrase is that she’s “making Waco more hospitable, one home at a time.” And beyond the trendy and hip decor, the Gaines’ real niche is that they personalize each and every house so that each particular family is given a home that meets their specific needs and reflects who they truly are. Chip and Joanna’s whole job, show, and life involves taking an ordinary (or even deplorable!) house and turning it into a breathtaking and functional family-centered home. It’s easy to admire their commitment to beautiful design and thoughtful decor that supports a happy family life.

It’s no wonder we all want to experience these Gaines-renovated homes by renting them for a weekend. But if you want to spend a little time in one, plan ahead! They book up fast, so you might have to map out your Waco vacation months or even years in advance. But it’s worth it—after all, if you can’t have your own fixer upper, a Gaines-remodeled rental is the next best thing. Below, five breathtaking Waco rentals that are awaiting your reservation.

Mid-mod retreat

Mid-mod retreat

Photo courtesy of Josh and Jill Barrett

This mid-century-modern has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a nursery off the master. Its bright kitchen is positively Mad Men-esque and the outdoor pergola with a view of the verdant woods looks absolutely refreshing.

Historic Mailander House

Photo courtesy of Dave Morrow
Photo courtesy of Dave Morrow
Photo courtesy of Dave Morrow
Photo courtesy of Dave Morrow

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Full of rustic charm and Joanna Gaines magic, the Mailander House was completely renovated in the first season of Fixer-Upper. Fans (and guests!) will notice the bicycle theme that Jo-Jo wove throughout the entire home. The owners have also provided bicycles for guests to use while staying at this adorable and historic home.

The German Schmear House

Photo courtesy of Jeff and Sara Jones
Photo courtesy of Jeff and Sara Jones
Photo courtesy of Jeff and Sara Jones
Photo courtesy of Jeff and Sara Jones

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One of the more spacious homes from the show, this 1970s ranch-style turned Euro-Eclectic has a kitchen that makes you want to cook a five-course meal and an open living space large enough to entertain a large group. Every detail has been attended to in this peaceful and serene home.

The trendiest party house ever

The trendiest party house ever

Photo courtesy of Charmaine Hooper

This home has plenty of bedrooms and a sprawling front porch to host any sort of party or family gathering. Also featured in the first season of Fixer-Upper, this house was an expected beauty.

Barndominium

Photo courtesy of Kristi Bass
Photo courtesy of Kristi Bass
Photo courtesy of Kristi Bass
Photo courtesy of Kristi Bass
Photo courtesy of Kristi Bass

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Located on 16 acres of private land, the Barndominium boasts an array of outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, swimming and hiking. This huge property has five bedrooms and a great dining hall that can seat up to 18 people. One of the most infamous properties featured on Fixer-Upper, this gargantuan and luxurious home is one you won’t want to miss.

Ashley Jonkman
Ashley Jonkman
Ashley is a freelance writer and editor. She lives with her husband, two sons and two rambunctious dogs in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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