Fixer Top favorite Chip and Joanna Gaines may have competition in the form of a successfully married couple who quit his job to work together on renovating and selling houses.
Chris, 34 years old, worked as an engineer and former bus driver Claudia Beiler from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They were friends before she got married and finally decided to become business partners.
They began their journey as home renovators when they redecorated the attic in their own home before finally stopping their day job, branching out, and pursuing a full-time career together.
Inspirational: Couple Chris and Claudia Beiler, from Pennsylvania, quit their job to start a business together in renovating and selling houses
Passion: Before they started their journey as home renovators, Claudia worked as a bus driver in the downtown area, while Chris worked in the design of solar energy as an engineer
Expertise: Claudia revealed that she and her husband never intended to renovate home, and were not sure what they were even doing when they started
Both Chris and Claudia were born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The couple had long been friends before they got married. After Chris suggested, he asked Claudia to help him turn the attic of his house into an apartment.
Claudia told FEMAIL that she and Chris had never planned to renovate home, and actually had no idea what they were doing when they started the new career path.
Chris and Claudia's tips for the best house clips
1. Understand that practical matters go hand in hand with beauty
2. Set up a suitable budget for your renovation and then double it
3. & # 39; Lighting is life & # 39;
4. Don't skimp when it comes to renovating the kitchen in a house
5. Use landscape architecture to make a home stand out from the outside
& # 39; I was a downtown driver and Chris worked in Solar Engineering & # 39 ;, said Claudia. & # 39; We both enjoyed what we did and grew up in Lancaster with Amish roots, we have a strong work ethic.
& # 39; We are both extremely hard workers who turn their backs on the team to get a job well and quickly & # 39 ;, she added.
The mother of the three explained that her father, Ervin Barkman, worked as a real estate agent, and that he lived with & # 39; gusto & # 39; and & # 39; passion & # 39; as well as with a & # 39; deep love for people and community building & # 39 ;.
She said: & # 39; While other families in our area raised cows and pigs, he raised Ostriches, which is now our logo. He taught me to live with passion and appreciation for the people around you.
& # 39; As a small child, he brought me and my siblings to the office and we played under his desk while working on property management – we baked cookies for his open houses and helped remove clutter from a house that he was renovating.
She added: & # 39; He always trained me to love beauty before it can be seen, and all the while I had no idea that one day I would do exactly the same thing.
Claudia explained that she and Chris, who were studying biology at the university, had no training in interior design or renovation, and & # 39; still a bit shocked & # 39; about how they got where they are today.
Determined: Because she had not had any training in interior design or renovation, Claudia said that she and Chris & # 39; still a bit in shock & # 39; are about how they have come so far in home renovations
Journey: The couple started their business by stopping work and Chris accompanied Claudia & # 39; s father, a real estate agent, to help him bring abandoned homes in Lancaster City to life
Creative: meanwhile Claudia became interested in furnishing the houses before they sold them, when she said she realized that people would buy a house sooner if it looked nice inside too
Exciting: in 2015 Chris and Claudia decided to work for Claudia & # 39; s father and instead opted for their own branch
When they decided to quit their day job, which Claudia said was a significant cut, her father took the couple under his care and Chris started helping him to bring abandoned houses in Lancaster City back to life.
Meanwhile, Claudia started to think about furnishing the houses before selling them to make them more attractive to potential buyers.
She said: & I had read an article somewhere that said that only 10 percent of people could visualize a house as their home if it had no furniture – but if it was a staging and beautiful, they would buy it much faster .
Company: The creative couple started their own company – The Chris & Clauda Co.
& # 39; I made it my mission to stop at every goodwill and thrift store on my route to the city for the next few months. It was a game changer.
& # 39; After about a year of working for my father, we switched and in 2015 we have our own company The Chris & Claude Co. where we mainly focused on creating unique and creative spaces for co-creatives in our region, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; We started doing what we do because we loved it, we saw a need for creative and beautiful houses in our area and a community grew out of it, & # 39; Claudia said.
Homes that the couple worked on have been sold to a number of different people, including photographers, & # 39; leather bag makers & # 39 ;, DJ & # 39; s and members of the American women's hockey team.
As to whether they have ever regretted doing business together and working for themselves, Claudia said she feels they have found their purpose in home renovations.
& # 39; There have been a few times when it seemed like it would be nice to be able to just go to work and receive orders from an employer, but 95 percent of the time we are so grateful for the opportunity we have got.
& # 39; We really love the adventure of every day full of unexpected challenges and victories.
& # 39; I think being entrepreneurs is in our DNA & # 39 ;, she added.
Ideas: & # 39; We started doing what we do because we loved it, we saw the need for creative and beautiful houses in our area and a community grew out of it, & # 39; Claudia said.
Goal: Although she did not have a good education in the area, Claudia said that she and her Chris, who studied biology at the university, feel that they have found their purpose in home renovations
Tips: Some of the best tips from the couple for home renovations include understanding that practical matters go hand in hand with beauty and doubling your budget
Since being The Chris & Claude Co. started four years ago, the couple have renovated dozens of houses in the Lancaster City area.
Some of their best tips for successfully renovating a home that has been collected over the years include figuring out a suitable budget and doubling it to get an idea of how much the total renovation will cost.
Another recommendation from the experts is to understand that practical issues go hand in hand with beauty, as she said when she and Chris started, they tended to focus solely on the appearance of a room rather than on the overall function of it.
Expertise: The couple also say that enlightenment is life and they advise anyone who is starting a makeover to prevent & # 39; nibbling & # 39; being in the kitchen
Claudia said: & # 39; In the early stages of our business we were not familiar with what a house needed.
& # 39; We focused more on beauty and creativity than on what the future homeowner needed – we changed course fairly quickly and started making sure we added extra shelves in the kitchen and bathroom, a wardrobe if the house didn't have any had, etc.
& # 39; Do not skimp on usability or it will continue to bite you for the rest of your life to live in that house & she said.
The mother-of-three also advised anyone who wanted to start a renovation to pay special attention to the lighting, as she said: & # 39; Lighting is life & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Whether it's windows or electrical lighting, making sure you have lots of light and multiple types of light, a real home, & she said. & # 39; With wireless switches on the market, even homes can now hold lots of really cool lighting fixtures without destroying the house completely. & # 39;
Landscaping is also something that the couple say they really & # 39; believe & # 39; in terms of creating a home that looks unique and different from the outside.
Claudia said: & # 39; This along with low voltage outdoor lighting is a simple way to make your home stand out in the neighborhood. Outdoor lighting kits are for sale for around $ 100 and are easy to install. & # 39;
She added that she and Chris from & # 39; are low maintenance landscaping & # 39; to hold.
& # 39; We go for manicured box blocks and ground covers and stay away from perennials that do a lot of work every year, & # 39; Claudia said.
Design: Claudia and Chris emphasize the importance of landscape architecture in making a home look its best, because they say that this can make a home look more unique
Lifestyle: Besides being business partners, Chris and Claudia have the responsibility to raise their three children (photo)
Balance: the key to working together and maintaining their marriage, Claudia said, is keep in mind that they are primarily men and women
Love: Claudia said she and Chris set certain limits, including dinner at the kitchen table, while emphasizing how important they are to their marriage
Their four years in the profession also taught the couple not to & # 39; skimp & # 39; when it comes to renovating the kitchen in a house.
Claudia explains: & # 39; More and more people spend a lot of time in the kitchen. The nice thing about this is that the money you spend in the kitchen will most likely come back to you.
& # 39; I have forgotten what the figure I heard last was, but I think it was an 80 percent return on your investment compared to something like an indoor theater or a hot tub that only has a 20 percent return investment, & # 39; she said.
Competition: Texas couple Joanna and Chip Gaines (photo) became famous for their popular TV program, Fixer Upper, which they used to search for old, derelict houses. The couple now have their company called Magnolia Homes
And although Chris and Claudia take their work seriously and form a great business team, their relationship ultimately comes first.
The key to working together and maintaining their marriage, Claudia says, is to keep in mind that they are primarily men and women, since she admits that the couple is very serious about their marriage & # 39; takes.
Claudia explains: & # 39; In short, marriage comes first and if we leave it [our] relationship slip and find us spend dating evenings talking too much about projects, we feel it.
& # 39; We work hard to stay connected and take our marriage very seriously. We use the word & # 39; balance & # 39; not often – we don't know if we are in & # 39; balance & # 39; to believe.
& # 39; What we believe in is hard work, loving and caring for each other. That's why we set limits on our lives – having dinner together at our kitchen table every night, & she said.
In addition to eating at the table every day, the family does not have & # 39; Netflix, TV, film or entertainment equipment & # 39; at home.
& # 39; We love each other and our children too much to watch TV and miss our children, & # 39; Claudia said.