EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea Houska admits she ‘slid’ in DMs

Chelsea Hauska


Former Teen Mom star Chelsea Houska turned to HGTV when she wanted her own show on the network.

Former Teen Mom star Chelsea Houska made the first move when it came to getting her show Down Home Fab on HGTV.

She and her husband, Cole DeBoer, were in the process of building their dream home from the ground up and have been documenting the process via social media Down Home DeBoers Instagram page. More than 750,000 people followed their journey, and Houska thought it would be “fun” if they filmed the project for HGTV.

“It’s kind of funny because I slipped into their DMs. We built our house and I sent them a message one day,” Houska Heavy said in a phone interview. “I deleted it immediately because I was so embarrassed I was going to do that. That’s not typical for me.”

“They just passed the message along and it went up the ladder,” she continued. “And it’s so crazy.”

Down Home Fab has Houska as lead designer and DeBoer as project manager for six home renovations in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

It could be the first time a renovation show has been held in Mount Rushmore state.

“I think it is. There aren’t people jumping to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but Sioux Falls is such a beautiful, smaller town, and I think it’s really booming and getting the attention it deserves because it’s really a great place to live and raise a family,” said Hauska.

“South Dakota shows up here,” DeBoer added. “We have things going.”

Houska and DeBoer’s Sioux Falls community supported the arrival of Down Home Fab in their town. “It’s been so well received so far and it’s been good,” Houska said.

In the Down Home Fab premiere, Houska and DeBoer are renovating one of their friends’ houses, and it “definitely put a lot more pressure on it,” DeBoer said.

“They want them to be happy and we don’t want it to be awkward,” Houska added.

Houska rose to fame as a single mom in Teen Mom in the early 2000s. Viewers watched as she raised her oldest daughter, 13-year-old Aubree, and struggled to become parents alongside her high school friend Adam Lind.

Houska and DeBoer met in 2014 and married two years later. They welcomed three children together: 5-year-old Watson, 4-year-old Layne and 1-year-old Walker June.

The kids have a few cameos in the debut episode of Down Home Fab, but HGTV’s main focus is on the home building process.

Houska and DeBoer left Teen Mom in 2020 after a decade with MTV.

Houska and DeBoer struggled with the budget

Although they loved the process, Houska and DeBoer encountered a few problems during the renovations. One thing they had to watch out for was the budget they were given for each house.

“There is always so much to do and to make all customer dreams come true. Sometimes you have to choose,” Houska told Heavy. “You can’t go as hard as you want because you have to stay on budget, but you’re just doing whatever you can to achieve all of their main goals.”

There are also “unforeseen changes that cost money” that can strain the budget, DeBoer added.

“It happens more often than you think,” he said to Heavy. “You have to budget for that and it affects the design and the things you can get. Especially with COVID there were some materials that we couldn’t get or sometimes choices were limited. That was difficult.”

Houska teased that they encountered some unforeseen obstacles. “Let’s just say that when it comes to renovations, nothing goes as planned,” she explains. “There’s always a few pans and some plan B actions.”

Ultimately, the couple was satisfied with the completed projects.

“Each house ended up being so different,” Houska said. “I just loved how everyone was developing.”

Houska and DeBoer love being part of the HGTV family

Houska said it was a dream come true to work with HGTV.

“It’s huge. The family is so supportive. I’m just so proud to be a part of HGTV and it was so crazy to see our names on their website,” Houska said.

The mother-of-four said they were thrilled when they starred in a commercial with other HGTV stars.

“There was a commercial and it was all the OG HGTV guys and then there we were. We jumped up and down. And we were like, ‘Oh my God. That’s us, mixed in with all the guys that have been there for years,’” Houska recalled.

DeBoer said he’s “very proud” and “very grateful for the opportunity … it’s just been a lot of fun and it just feels rewarding.”

Don’t miss “Down Home Fab” when it premieres Monday, January 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV. It will be streamed on Discovery+ on the same day.

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