MECHANICSVILLE: $219,000 - 1417 Hannah Ave., 3bd/1bth:
It's good to mix things up every now and then. Musicians do it all the time. Sometimes artists will cross genres, like when the Queen of Country Music, Dolly Parton, performed her own rap song on the Queen Latifah Show. Other times they'll redo an existing song with new rhythms or instruments. The kids call it a "remix."
The home I recently shot in Mechanicsville is a good example of house remix. On the outside, this 121-year-old bungalow is a Victorian beauty with a 4-color paint scheme and decorative spindle columns along the wide front porch. On the inside, many of the design elements are mid-century modern with some cool light fixtures, but there's plenty of the original turn-of-the-century charm.
Take the master bedroom, for example. The clean, angular lines in the room give a hint of mid-century modern, while the exposed brick from the original fireplace and wide-plank, pine flooring provide the old-world charm you expect from a home built in 1899.
By the way, that wide-plank, pine flooring throughout the home is original, as are the wide baseboards. Also, be sure to check out the staircase going up to the second floor. The banister is original to the house and so are the stair treads - complete with all the nicks and gouges that come from more than a century of use.
The bathroom has been completely redone with the same blend of styles. You have the black-and-white hex tile flooring and the subway tile walls combined with crystal clear shower doors and modern fixtures;
The kitchen is brand-spanking new with sleek lines, a modern color scheme, über-modern cabinets and stainless steel appliances. I really like the modern subway tile backsplash, but those leathered granite counters, though! Ooh la la! Leathered granite is my new favorite building material, and these countertops look awesome.
The living room/dining area is HUGE with a plenty of natural light. French doors in the living room open up to a great raised deck/patio overlooking the shaded backyard.
Sometimes musical remixes aren't as good as the original. That's not the case with this home. The owner did a great job keeping and refurbishing the original elements that make old houses so charming, while adding enough modern features to make this house remix a No. 1 hit.