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They took it from a crumbling (and beached!) disaster to a dreamy floating getaway.

By Susan Hall Mahon Photos courtesy of HGTV

Chip and Joanna Gaines are known for their dramatic home renovations, but most of their projects have one thing in common: they’re firmly rooted on the ground. In this week’s episode of Fixer Upper, the remodel royalty had a challenge of a different kind: to transform a landlocked houseboat into a water-worthy—and family-friendly—getaway.

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What they started with: a 1970s double-decker houseboat with a $27,000 asking price and a renovation budget of $58,000. They didn't know if the pontoon-bottomed structure would float atop its new home on Lake Waco in Texas.

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What they ended with: a comfortable and contemporary escape with light-filled interiors, thanks to new floor-to-ceiling windows; an open kitchen with a mini apron-front sink—swoon; a fabulous bunk room that's perfect for all four kids; and plenty of hangout-ready outdoor spaces.

And one more thing: We learned a new design term: Skinny-lap (used in the master bedroom) is Joanna’s thin-planked take on shiplap, the siding-inspired wall treatment she’s made popular on Fixer Upper.

See more pictures below and on HGTV.com, where you’ll find before pics too. See more Fixer Upper makeover magic here.

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As seen on FIxer Upper, the Swartz's master bedroom has french doors leading to a provate balcony, new windows and a ship lap accent wall.
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