If you’ve ever driven around Northside, you know the architecture is diverse and the homes—like many of the residents—are funky and cool. This Victorian home is no exception, but it didn’t always look this good. Alyssa and Marcus Muffet would know. While everyone was hunkered down in their homes during the peak of the pandemic last year, the couple began restoring properties in their free time.
“We quickly fell in love with the process and started our LLC, Hydrangea Home Design,” says Alyssa. “When we saw Virginia Avenue on the market, we immediately saw its potential and really appreciated all of the unique, Victorian details. We purchased the home in late February and it’s been a total labor of love the past few months.”
The three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath home was renovated inside and out, and maintains much of its historic charm. The exterior has a wrap-around porch with intricate wood details and minimal landscaping. Inside, the living room boasts original exposed brick and a fireplace with built-in shelves and cabinets on either side.
When the Muffets first purchased the property, it was in rough condition, with peeling paint on the outside and walls that needed repair. And the reno didn’t happen without a battle wound or two.
“I fell through the floor when I was putting in the new flooring,” says Marcus. “I had all the vent covers off and with this being an old home, the air return vent is huge—3.5 feet’-by-2.5 feet, maybe. I was on the phone with Alyssa talking about what color we were going to stain the floors, not paying attention at all, and stepped straight into the vent. I broke a rib, but despite the mishap, the floor looks just fine!”
The light-stained floor continues into the dining room that leads right into the kitchen, the most glamorous space in the home. Sleek white cabinets, crisp countertops, gold hardware, and stainless appliances mesh well with the dark cabinets.
Upstairs, details like sliding barn doors and black ceiling fans bring the bedroom into the 21st century. Plus, the dreamy main bathroom has a soaking tub you’ll want to dip in every night. What more could you want in a Northside reno?
Click below to check out before and after photos of the project: