In the fall of 2013, when Shane Stratton, owner of Stratton Exteriors and Urban Properties in Nashville, began transforming a dated duplex built in the early 1930s, he didn’t have even an inkling that it would later be featured on one of television’s hottest shows, ABC’s “Nashville.”
Initially, Shane was not attracted to the property, but eventually, the bungalow-style design won him over. With help from friend and architect David Baird of Building Ideas, a new floor plan was drafted. Shane and his fiancée, Paige, purchased the home intending to move in after their wedding. They opted for an open floor plan that was conducive to entertaining. While the front exterior and stone siding remained intact, they didn’t keep much of the original architecture within the home. According to Shane, no stone went unturned. Slowly, the 1,800-square-foot duplex transformed into a 3,100-square-foot, single-family home.
Once the couple was married, Paige took the reins on directing the floor plan, while Shane handled most of the design, incorporating details throughout to reinforce the original feel of the home. In homage to its rich history, Shane integrated much of the original flooring. By salvaging some of the authentic pieces, he was able to fuse tradition with popular style. The wooden beams in the kitchen, which were retrieved from an old warehouse, accentuate the focal point of the room: the blue island. Amidst these rustic touches, Shane added modern features to anchor it in the present. Details, such as the wainscoting and the clean, contemporary look around the fireplace, keep the house looking fresh.
After completing the renovation, Shane and Paige decided to put the home on the market. While they had an emotional attachment to it, they both agreed on the decision. Shortly after listing the property, Michael Lohmann, director of photography for the hit show “Nashville,” came into the picture. He found the home and was instantly drawn to the exterior. Once inside, he found the open-living floor plan, large windows and kitchen beams appealing. All of these individual aspects of the home come together to create a unique look that Michael felt fit the personality of the show and character Gunnar Scott.
Real locations are preferable for shoots and with “really great depth in every direction,” Michael knew the home was perfect for filming. The large spaces and the added garage were two selling features of the home. The garage, which was added during the renovation, has been transformed into a recording studio for the show. In the third season of “Nashville,” Gunnar, a songwriter and musician, becomes the homeowner. Other than great lighting and room for filming, why did Michael choose this home for Gunnar? “It is something a young, successful musician could have aspired to. There is a unique look to the home that fits the character,” Michael shares.
To see this gem on-air, watch “Nashville,” Wednesdays at 9 p.m. central time on ABC.
GET THE LOOK
How can you mimic the look of this bungalow-style home? Create a balance of modern and traditional by focusing on the details. Marry traditional elements with modern touches to liven up the space. And here are some additional tips Shane gave us: “Mixing the old with new is my favorite. I love to create an eclectic look and feel of a home by adding rustic touches. A lot of homes may not have architectural elements built in, but homeowners can add them with furniture and through lighting. Additionally, adding a strategically placed accent wall, beams or a post will add an architectural interest.”
- Living room ceiling fan: Restoration Hardware
- Dining room light fixture: Restoration Hardware
- Pendants above kitchen island: Restoration Hardware
- Kitchen island paint color: Stratton Blue by Benjamin Moore
- Custom kitchen cabinets: Harpeth River Furniture
- Countertops: USA Stone & Tile
- Reclaimed wood columns in kitchen: Woodstock Vintage Lumber
- Interior paint color: Restoration Hardware Custom Blend
Photo credit: Lynsey Culwell