February 8, 2023
Dave & Jenny Marrs Speak Renovation Challenges on ‘Fixer to Fabulous’

One factor HGTV followers can be grateful for is one other season of Fixer to Fabulous. The hit sequence sees Dave and Jenny Marrs reworking properties for shoppers whereas managing their very own family together with 5 youngsters. To not point out their farm in Bentonville, Arkansas, which isn’t going to maintain itself.

The brand new 16-episode season kicks off as the house enchancment energy couple put their development and design minds collectively to appreciate a imaginative and prescient to modernize a Nineteen Eighties ranch house. Right here Dave and Jenny additional preview the challenges tackled and catch us up on all the opposite tasks they’ve occurring today.

Between launching an out of doors furnishings line to your HGTV tasks, how has it been managing all of it this 12 months?

Jenny Marrs: This previous 12 months has been actually busy with the season after which the merchandise and launching all these tasks. Simply the very fact the youngsters are getting older and all of them besides the three-year-old is in sports activities. It’s all enterprise, however we attempt to be intentional about our time and ensure to carve out time to close all of it down.

What do you suppose stands out this season in regard to your method to renovations?

Dave Marrs: Yearly we get somewhat higher with our processes. The hope is to make all of it run extra effectively. We do run into points the place we’ve got a home that didn’t go as deliberate. We’ve labored with the identical manufacturing crew since we began. We all know what they need to see. I really feel like we work extra effectively. The nicer factor about seasons 3 and 4 is we get to speak extra in regards to the issues we actually care about just like the nonprofit work. Causes we began doing this within the first place. They all the time say the primary two seasons they actually care in regards to the tasks and never the hosts as a lot. That adjustments as they get to know you extra. Possibly individuals are attending to know us extra and our household story.

Within the premiere episode, you might be serving to a neighborhood enterprise proprietor and former Olympian. What are you able to say about this undertaking?

Jenny: Jennifer has a small enterprise that units up children’ birthday events. We’ve labored along with her many occasions over time. My children love her birthday events. Her husband is an Olympic observe athlete initially from Australia. Now they’re right here and have children which are related ages as our personal. We’ve seen them round city. It’s enjoyable as a result of they’re buddies of ours and we all know their story somewhat extra in-depth than if we had simply met them. The house was somewhat little bit of a problem. They needed so as to add sq. footage, so we pulled from their storage, which was nonetheless big. We have been capable of create a brand new primary suite for them. Then we had a few completely different areas for his or her children, that are actually enjoyable. We made the home total extra trendy and reflective of their model.

Dave & Jenny Marrs Speak Renovation Challenges on ‘Fixer to Fabulous’


With the labor shortages, provide line breaks, and elevated price for supplies, how have you ever weathered these storms?

Jenny: There are big challenges. By way of lighting, {hardware}, and design components, they’re all dearer and inconceivable to get. All the things is delayed. I can’t even start to rely the variety of occasions we have been on the closing deadline and electrical must be put in. Then I get an e-mail about why they aren’t coming. It truly is about shortly reacting to search out one thing else that can work. It has been the toughest this season and final. We actually have been challenged by having one plan and always having to vary it.

Dave: By way of development prices, they’re coming down somewhat bit. However we nonetheless have a 20-week lead time on home windows. With lighting and home equipment, you’re actually choosing what you will get on the time. There is no such thing as a assure that when you order one thing it would really present up and be there. It has created completely different challenges, however we’re fortunate that we’ve received warehousing to retailer stuff. So when we’ve got an enormous undertaking we will begin getting stuff ordered to ensure it’s right here, if potential even earlier than we begin the undertaking.

Do you might have a favourite undertaking this time round?

Jenny: One of many enjoyable tasks we did this 12 months can be a part of our lives as nicely. We’ve owned this constructing in our city, which is 1905 a financial institution constructing initially. We had renters there, however they moved out. We simply had it sitting there and felt we needed to do one thing with this constructing. We renovated it and shall be opening a mercantile that shall be promoting all of our favourite issues. We included individuals we work with frequently. A pal of mine who does pottery may have her pottery there, and one other pal from Turkey has Turkish rugs she brings in. It’s an opportunity to have a spot for individuals to go to after they come to city.

How is the Welcome Inn doing?

Jenny: It’s nice. We’re fairly booked up. It has been superior. We’ve had wonderful visitors. We’ve had a lot of {couples} which have come. Plenty of women’ journeys have been enjoyable. We’ve had a number of events the place the marriage celebration stayed on the Inn. Each time our visitors signal the guestbook we like to learn what they wrote and their tales. It has been actually cool to share that place with everybody.

Dave and Jenny Marrs in 'Fixer to Fabulous'


You filmed Hometown Takeover season 2 with Erin and Ben Napier for subsequent 12 months. How has it been attending to know them?

Jenny: It has been very nice. We’ve recognized Erin and Ben now for a number of years. They have been doing the TV aspect earlier than us, in order that they’ve been actually nice mentors. It’s enjoyable to do that undertaking with them. It was cool to be part of it. We have been capable of go to Hometown Takeover the final time and assistance on one of many tasks. Now we mainly partnered with them. We took on the entire residential and industrial tasks, they usually did the group areas. That was an enormous enterprise down in Fort Morgan. It was lots as a result of Dave and I have been going forwards and backwards each different week.

Dave: The wonderful thing about the present although is it’s all about what we attempt to do in Bentonville. Present how wonderful small cities all throughout America are. I believe there’s a large revitalization occurring in small cities as a result of individuals don’t must dwell within the metropolis to be nearer to work. They’ll work remotely or in different places. In areas like ours, we’re getting such an inflow of individuals from everywhere in the nation shifting right here. That has benefitted our present and our city. It’s an enormous cause why we went to Fort Morgan. These cities throughout America are wonderful. The primary streets, the historical past, the place these cities have come from and gone by way of. It’s an essential story I believe individuals need to watch and need to be informed.

HGTV is stepping into the scripted film recreation. The Napiers are a part of a film. Would you be open to this as nicely?

Jenny: No person has requested us but.

Dave: I believe they realized that actuality TV is the very best form of appearing they’re going to get out of us.

I really feel such as you could be the subsequent ask.

Jenny: My mother watches these Christmas motion pictures year-round. That’s her go-to when she is having a nasty day. She places on a Christmas film. So she would love that.

Fixer to Fabulous premiere, November 29, 9/8c, HGTV, and identical day on Discovery+