Stratton Exteriors steadily renovated this 1930s home in East Nashville’s Cleveland Park over a two-and-a-half year period. Just like Shane Stratton did with his current house, he lived in this bungalow as he was flipping it so that by the time he packed his bags and handed over the keys to the new owners it was pretty much unrecognizable.
Here’s what the place looked like when we first acquired it. Please take note of the pink-ish front porch and the vinyl fence railing.
We’d also like you to take a moment to check out the crummy roof shingles that wrapped around the dormer window:
This next before shot shows the front porch after we’d started to work on stripping the pink paint from it. We knew that we wanted to stain the bare concrete, so we persevered until we got every last bit of paint off the porch–stripping away five or six layers of different colors and then pressure washing it.
And finally here’s the (mostly) finished house with stone columns.
What remained to be done is this etched and stained concrete porch, which is the work of Jared Blake of Artisticrete. Jared isn’t really staining much concrete these days ever since his singing gig on the first season of The Voice stole him away to Hollywood. For realz.
By the time we finished this bungalow, it was like a whole new house, with new Alside Prodigy insulated siding, new windows, a new concrete driveway and fenced-in backyard, new heart pine floors, a new kitchen, and all new baths. The biggest change of all: We decided to scrap the back half of the house entirely, completely gutting it and raising the roof.
We added a vaulted ceiling and a couple of skylights in the master bedroom, as well as a skylight in the kitchen, which we decked out with granite countertops and a custom tile backsplash.
We also added an additional full bathroom, creating a master suite …
And then came a new two-car garage …
Shane says he had a lot of fun flipping this historic bungalow, but that it taught him one very important lesson: Do not install skylights in a bedroom that’s in an urban area. Because it never gets dark. Like, never ever. This renovation was completed a few years back. But even tonight, somewhere over in Cleveland Park, the owners of this sweet and swanky bungalow are cursing the moonlight.