Chip and Joanna

041d5f431caf3c6a8fff3c06e4128418w-c339688xd-w640_h480_q80Ever wonder what makes Chip and Joanna Gaines of "Fixer Upper" the most popular renovation couple on TV? Sure, they're adorable, as are the homes they whip into shape, but the real key to the success of their uber-hit HGTV show is that they intrinsically know how to deliver crowd-pleasing moments—again and again.

Not to say that Chip and Joanna are predictable—or risk-adverse, for that matter—but they do have what most would call their "signature" moves. And they keep fans keep coming back for more. So whether you're looking for some tried-and-true renovation ideas or just want to feel in the know about your favorite reno pair, here's a rundown of the things you can all but bet you'll see on just about every episode of "Fixer Upper."

1. They install shiplap

If you don't know shiplap, you don't know Joanna. Whether she paints it or stains it or uses wide boards or narrow boards, she finds a way to incorporate this slightly overlapping wooden paneling in just about every house she takes under her wing. Kitchen, living room, bedrooms, offices, even laundry rooms and bathrooms, every room deserves a little shiplap love.

2. They knock down walls

Watching Chip goofily knocking down walls never gets old.

He openly admits that demo day is his absolute favorite part of every project. And it's always dramatic, since there are often surprises lurking in those walls, from termites to leaky plumbing to worms (the worst).

Once these ugly impediments are removed, the results are always stunning, turning cramped quarters into spacious open floor plans. And who could complain about that?

Demo day is Chip's favorite.

Demo day is Chip's favorite.HGTV

3. They add a kitchen island

Think about it: When was the last time you saw a "Fixer Upper" project that didn't include a kitchen island? It makes sense, since the kitchen island has become the new favorite gathering place in the American home. Whether big or small, made of marble, or wood from an old bowling alley, kitchen islands are a perennial favorite.

4. They eliminate formal dining rooms

Seems like Chip and Joanna don't dig formal dining rooms much, and they're hardly alone. Today's families hardly ever sit down at that big, stuffy table for meals, except on holidays. Why not find a way to revamp this room so it can be enjoyed year round?

Formal dining rooms are a thing of the past, once Chip and Joanna have their way with a house.
Formal dining rooms are a thing of the past, once Chip and Joanna have their way with a house.HGTV

5. They repurpose old materials in the house

Wood floors too damaged to fix? Chip and Joanna will remove them, and use the salvageable parts on an accent wall or a ceiling. Used bricks are recycled into a new fireplace or walkway, or vice versa. Old wooden crates sometimes show up as window boxes. And even roof shingles sometimes show up in playrooms and bedrooms as painted accents that give the room a whimsical feel—proving once and for all that anything that's old can be new again.

Repurposed wood often gets a second life as a window box on "Fixer Upper."

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