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Historic Renovations

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I’m Grace Wagenman, a native Nashvillian and lover of old houses. I started my real estate career in 2016, and now work in residential real estate at PARKS. I grew up in a brick ranch that my parents renovated while we lived there, so some of my earliest memories are of getting to use a sledgehammer to “help” my dad demo a wall, or watching my parents lay flooring in the kitchen. I think this is where my love of renovations began.

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Along with my husband, Jonny, and a team of great people, I do historic renovations as well as design for residential clients. I take into account the age and context of a home when designing the end result, and love creating beautiful spaces that will add to rather than detract from a home’s historic beauty. I blog about all of our projects and share daily updates on Instagram.

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