Why Chip Gaines Thinks It’s ‘Pretty Romantic’ When Life Slows Down on His Farm

by Quentin Blount

If the world ever changes from the way we now know it, Fixer Upper star Chip Gaines believes his family would be able to move forward.

Chip and his wife Joanna Gaines have become two of the biggest stars on HGTV over the years. They started their own show back in 2013 called Fixer Upper. The show spanned for five years and quickly rose up the ranks, becoming one of the most popular design and renovation shows on television.

However, Chip Gaines and his family are more than just talented actors. They are also very practical and they want to make sure their family could survive in the event of some kind of natural disaster or power grid failure. Gaines explained as much to Cowboys & Indians during a 2019 interview.

“I’ve never thought of myself as a prepper or an end-of-the-world guy,” Gaines told the outlet. “I live my life with this glass-half-full kind of lifestyle. You know? So, I try not to think too long about the what-if.”

The Fixer Upper star went on to explain how he remembers the Y2K scare from back in the day. The events leading up to that day caused a lot of his family friends to build an underground bunker.

“I’m old enough to remember the Y2K scare. My dad had a bunch of doctor friends and successful guys that were buying small tracts of land in Utah and building underground bunkers. But you think about that in a more short-term environment like the recent hurricanes. When a hurricane blows in and you don’t have electricity and you don’t have power, nobody really argues that that’s the end of the world. It’s just a regular thing that could happen.”

Chip Gaines and His Family Are Ready for Anything

Who would have guessed that Chip and Joanna Gaines are such Outsiders? They may be two of the biggest names in the real estate industry, but they also have the ability to survive in the outdoors if need be.

“A tornado could blow through, something could happen to the power grid temporarily for a couple of days. In kind of a quirky way, yeah, we’d be able to make it,” Gaines said.

Meanwhile, it’s not just him and his wife, either. They have also helped raise their kids to be able to take care of themselves if they have to.

“My kids wake up and they go gather eggs, and they know how to milk a cow. We’re not experts. We’re still hobbyists. We have a lot to learn, but the idea that they could go out and milk our Jersey cow if they had to, or go pick up some eggs if they needed to. It’s pretty romantic to think that if things were to slow down, either accidentally or intentionally, that my little family would at least have the ability to sustain itself for a period of time. It’s a pretty cool thought.”