Designer and contractor Chip Wade is the host of the show “Elbow Room,” and he doesn’t just DIY for HGTV. When he and his wife Pauli bought their house in Atlanta a few years ago, it had been foreclosed on before construction was finished. With only the framing finished, he went to work on the rest of it himself.
HGTV Magazine reports he did everything “from cutting beams for the 20-foot ceilings to designing light fixtures.” His house is featured in their September 2015 issue, and I found a video tour of it that I grabbed a few screenshots from, too.
Chip’s Home Office:
Chip has a degree in mechanical engineering and is certified in residential construction. He first appeared on HGTV in 2007 as a carpenter for “Designed to Sell.” Since then he’s appeared on “Curb Appeal: The Block,” “HGTV’s Showdown,” “Design Star,” and has been the host of “Elbow Room” since 2012.
The Music Room:
The magazine says, “With a family full of music lovers—Chip himself has been playing the guitar for 25 years—he knew he had to designate part of the great room as a spot for singing and tinkering on the piano. Sheet music blown up and printed onto canvases serves as artwork. Chip wired iron garden ornaments to turn them into one-of-a-kind light fixtures.”
This screenshot I took from the video tour shows how the sheet music artwork covers most of the wall:
The Family Room:
The family room has 20-foot-high ceilings with tall windows overlooking their 2.5 wooded acres. He says, “It feels like we’re in the middle of nowhere even though it’s just a short drive to any store.”
He created a secret playroom for the kids:
A Dutch door acts like a safety gate for the little ones:
Chip and Pauli have three young children: Mac, 6; Mara, 4; and JT, 1.
There’s another hidden door on the other side of the range that leads to a pantry. The island is 12 feet long with a terrazzo countertop. “It’s our entertaining epicenter,” he says.
The Butler’s Pantry:
Chip made his own “wood tile” for the butler’s pantry by cutting walnut boards and lacquering them.
Chip’s 2,000-Square-Foot Workshop in the Basement:
Chip tells the mag, “We’ve shot scenes for HGTV here, plus I’m always having friends over so I can help them build things.” His son Mac “likes to draw up plans for submarines and stuff, and then we make them together.”
Covered Patio with Fireplace:
Check out the September 2015 issue of HGTV Magazine to see more, including the rec room Chip designed so they could hold ping-pong tournaments at home (photos by David A. Land; styling by Courtney De Wet).
I still remember when Chip was part of the carpentry team on “Designed to Sell.” I miss that show! A reader spilled all the deets on what it was like to have her house featured on it that you can read here. 🙂