DIY First Look: 'Nashville Flipped' and the Revival of a 1904 Folk-Victorian

Troy Shafer is owner of a house-flipping business named "Nashville Flipped," and his company motto tells you what he's all about: "Creating New Historic Homes." Troy, with the help of his lead designer Julie Couch, takes old homes in and around Nashville and updates them for today's buyers – while preserving elements of the homes' historic character. Check out a sample of their work in this snapshot gallery featuring a renovation on a house in Springfield, TN, just outside Nashville.

Photo By: Tacklebox Films

Photo By: Tacklebox Films

Photo By: Tacklebox Films

Photo By: Tacklebox Films

Photo By: Tacklebox Films

Photo By: Tacklebox Films

Meet Troy and Julie

Home restoration pro and house-flipper Troy Shafer and designer Julie Couch are doing some amazing things with old and run-down houses in the Nashville area. Troy takes on the heavy lifting with demolition, repairs and managing the reno. Julie brings the design vision and scours Nashville salvage and antique shops looking for the perfect architectural elements to suit the historic character of the homes.

Troy Dean Shafer

"Everybody knows Nashville has a rich music history. But just like a great song, every historical house in the city has a story to tell, as well." 

Troy Shafer

Julie Couch

"I love working with Troy because we both love architecture and historic homes."

— Julie Couch

A Succinct Message

Host Troy Shafer's personalized auto tags may pique some interest on the streets of Nashville. Do they refer to Troy's state of mind or the success of his business model? You be the judge.

Troy at Work

Troy uses a tile saw to cut stone for the stone wall accent during the renovation of a 1923 Craftsman-style bungalow in historic East Nashville.

Troy at Work

Troy preps for the roof repair on a traditional 1939 home that has fallen into disrepair. This home is also located in East Nashville, a vibrant and creative neighborhood that is undergoing a revival of sorts and, in recent years, has become home to some of the city's best indie musicians and artists.

Troy at Work

An authentic southern home deserves a front-porch swing.

Julie on a Mission

Julie searches at a Nashville antique mall for the perfect chandelier and foyer light for a home being restored in Springfield, Tennessee.

Historic Aesthetic

Julie seeks out architectural pieces at Preservation Station, a Nashville store specializing in authentic period home accents.

Formulating a Design Plan

Julie expands her search online for just the right fixtures, materials and accent furnishings.

Detail Work

Once renovations are complete, Julie helps stage the home to create a favorable impression and hopefully entice potential buyers.

The Springfield Project, BEFORE

One of Troy's pet projects is this 1904 Folk Victorian-style home located in Springfield, Tennessee, a rural community just outside Nashville. He bought the distressed property for just $50,000 with a plan to put an additional $60,000 into renovations and complete the flip in a five-week timeframe. Once fully renovated and restored, he hoped to put the house back on the market for $140,000, resulting in a profit of around $30,000.

The Springfield Project, AFTER

Exterior repairs, new paint, a metal roof and fresh lanscaping helped restore this home to its former elegance. The landscaping is in keeping with 1920s-era conventions focusing on green border shrubs and a naturalistic look. The home's front exterior features one of two period-authentic stained glass windows that Troy had installed. Some of the changes inside were even more dramatic.

Living Room, BEFORE

Folk Victorian style homes are often L-shaped and feature a main parlor just inside the front door and this one also featured an adjacent living room. The working fireplace is a plus, but Troy was disappointed that this one was unspectacular and not original.

Living Room, AFTER

Julie was able to find an antique oak mantel surround and added a tile hearth to help bring some of the room's original charm back. The mantel helps transform the space and forms a focal point around which much of the room's overall design is based. The living room ceiling was raised, exposing a new vaulted ceiling. Troy lined the ceiling with rough dark-stained fence boards for a rustic feel. "The color of the fireplace is what we based our color of our hardwood off of," says Julie, "and our color of the exposed wood on the ceilings."

Living Room, AFTER

Much of Julie's interior design keyed off of a single sample of the home's original wallpaper that Troy and his crew found during wall demolition. The patterned wallpaper had neutral background with blues, grays and greens. Julie ncorporated those hues in the new color palettes of the living room, bathroom and master bedroom.

Kitchen, AFTER

The kitchen was already fairly large, which is a bonus in terms of resale. But Troy and Julie dressed it up with new cabinets, gray subway-tile backsplash, a farmhouse sink, new kitchen island and updated lighting.

Kitchen, AFTER

Julie fashioned custom built-in seating in the kitchen using two vintage church pews that she had modified to create the L-shaped bench seat.

Master Bathroom, AFTER

Unlike the kitchen, the bathroom was tiny. Troy modified the home's floor plan, stealing some square footage from the adjacent parlor, to expand the bathroom and create the kind of master bath that modern buyers expect.

Master Bath, AFTER

The modern design of the bathroom may seem unexpected in a Victorian style home, but it was handled in such a way that complements the opened up spaces that Troy created throughout the home's new floor plan. Julie used pennyround floor tile, which is in keeping stylistically with the period of the home. A band of mosaic tile in soft gray offsets the white subway tile in the new walk-in shower and blends with the pastels of the overall color palette. A stained glass window in the bathroom came from a Chicago bungalow built in 1919.

Smiles All Around

Troy and Julie are justifiably pleased with how the Springfield house turned out – both aesthetically and financially. Creative design ideas and inventive options with interior spaces created a home that is both visually impressive and true to its historic roots. Troy was able to complete the renovation in just five-weeks, and the house ultimately sold for $149,000 – which was above the initial list price and, after renovation costs, generated a profit of around $27,000.