If you are a fan of HGTV home design programs, the renovated home at 80 Broad Street is a must see. Owner Nan Muzinich rivals any of the HGTV designers in the recent remodel of her 1865 home. The design is fresh and updated for modern day living, while keeping the home’s historic charm and character.
Nan had a vision, so she gathered a team of professionals to make her vision a reality. Wendy Woolrich was the designer, John Peabody was the draftsman, and Alan Clinton was the contractor. Together, they turned a fixer-upper into the envy of the block.
The home is in the National architect style. The exterior remains largely unchanged, with little hint of the transformation inside. Originally, the front door led to a hallway flanked on both sides by two bedrooms. At the end of the hall was the living room, with a kitchen in the back. Now the front door leads directly into a spacious living room and open kitchen. Walls have been taken down to open up the living area. The result is impressive. The walls are painted a soft mist green throughout, with white trim and teal accents. Floors are wide-plank hickory.
In the living room, an inviting fireplace is centered on one wall with a bench seat and bookcases on either side. Much of the furnishings in the house are mid-century pieces from Nan’s mother, Patricia Dullnig. A comfortable tweed sofa faces the fireplace with Nan’s mother’s glass top tables completing the seating area. Paintings on the wall were done by Nan’s mother in the style of Renoir and Vermeer. Nan painted musical notes on the family piano from the song “The Yellow Rose of Texas”, a nod to Nan’s Texas heritage.
An effort was made in the remodel to save and recycle much of the original wood and fixtures throughout the house. The stair treads leading upstairs are from 150-year old virgin cut redwoods from the original walls; the wood still has saw marks on it. The same redwood is on the sides of the kitchen work island. The front door is original, as is the buzzer doorbell and transom above the door. The window casings are original, but new glass has been added.
The stairs from the living room were added in the renovation, replacing a ladder to the attic. This is now a loft area guest bedroom with twin beds and an en suite bathroom. Vintage pieces complete the cozy setting, including a burgundy velvet Bustle Chair, antique Samsonite luggage for creative storage, and an antique cradle from a plantation.
Downstairs is the completely renovated kitchen. The centerpiece is an impressive teal work island with white Corian countertop and redwood siding. Kitchen cabinets are white with black Corian countertops. Especially creative and practical is a pull-out pantry cabinet with wire racks. White subway tile forms the back splash behind the counters. On a shelf above the sink, is a display of vintage Fiesta Ware pitchers in yellow, orange and blue. The dining area adjoins the kitchen, and is furnished with a family heirloom hutch and a dining table from Water Street Antiques. Adjacent is the laundry area defined by a sliding barn door in teal with black hardware. This is a stylish solution for closing off the laundry room from the kitchen and dining area. An attractive half-bath completes the laundry area. The laundry area flooring is a ceramic tile from Lowe’s that looks like light-colored wooden flooring. The same tile flooring is in the master bath.
The master bedroom is where the original kitchen was located. The room’s main feature is a room divider behind the bed. The divider is salvaged bead board that came from the original living room ceiling. The bed’s headboard is a door that was also saved and repurposed. Furnishings are mid-century family pieces. Behind the room divider is a large and open walk-in closet, a creative use of space. Accessories such as an ornate wall mirror and crystal chandelier lend a romantic touch to the bedroom. A second sliding barn door leads to the en suite master bath. Classic marble-like tile surrounds the glass-enclosed shower and provides the countertop to the new vanity. Altogether the space has a modern spa feel.
A new extended covered porch has been added to the exterior of the bedroom and kitchen. This area is now a screened-in porch with the screen extending from floor to ceiling. A bamboo settee and chairs in a tropical print create an outdoor living room for relaxing and entertaining. What a perfect finishing touch to this successful renovation.