Every time we see a makeover reveal on HGTV's Fixer Upper, we basically jump up from our seats to applaud. Chippy paint, shiplap, barn doors—what more could we ask for? That's why we were surprised to see that the Meek family's barndominium from season three has fans up in arms.
When Joanna took on the project, she explained that she had been dreaming of converting a barn into a usable living space for some time. And while at first the so-called barndominium may look like the pinnacle of a flawless country home, fans believe it's actually packed with problems —starting with its layout.
The barndominium used to house horses on the bottom with a livable apartment on the top floor. So when Chip and Joanna renovated it, they kept the main living space on the second floor—so yes, that means the kitchen is upstairs. The first floor houses bedrooms and a dining space.
"I couldn't believe it when I watched the show," commented one fan when we posted a photo of the space to Instagram recently. "Who's going to carry food and dishes up and down the stairs. Didn't make sense."
Furthermore, people are irked that the Meeks aren't living in the barndominium anymore, even though they seemed so excited about it on the show. "I read that the owners had to sell it and move due to their job," according to one of our Instagram commenters (a statement that we haven't been able to confirm yet!). Recently, HomeAway announced that the whole space was available to rent for $1,200 a night. That obviously sounds expensive, but it houses 15 people, so that breaks down to $80 per person per night, meaning it could be the perfect weekend getaway for you and your girlfriends. (Well, if you don't mind giving that upstairs kitchen a test run for yourself, that is.)
Here are a few other things our Facebook and Instagram followers had to say about the controversial barndominium:
"I LOVE Fixer Upper and Chip and Joanna! I also love barns and always thought it would be cool to renovate one as a house! However, I did NOT love the layout of this one. I would want the bedrooms upstairs and the kitchen/dining/living areas downstairs. That surprised me with this one ... I know the upstairs was already plumbed for the kitchen, but I'd have had to spend the extra to plumb the downstairs, if it were my project."
"House was completely unlivable — who wants to carry food from a tiny upstairs kitchen to that giant picnic table in the lower level — no wonder they moved out."
"Didn't like the layout. Dining room oddly placed. Don't like the long table. Barn outside. Not even close inside. Not on my list of faves. Makes you wonder why it's being rented out."
"I typically love her designs, however this layout was too compartmentalized and didn't show off the interior structure of the barn."
"Love the show but this was my LEAST favorite renovation. Did not like this layout/decor at all. The long table, the trek upstairs to the kitchen — just not loving it. No no no."
So tell us what you think: Is the barndominium a pretty country home, or does its layout simply not make sense?
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