A Vibrant Victorian Farmhouse

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By Christina Davenport
Photography by Daniel Neuhoff/Creative Revolver

Nestled on 12 wooded acres just outside of town, this charming Victorian manor turned farmhouse offers up the best in relaxed living. When Don Oscai of OC Construction embarked on the home’s remodel, he was tasked with modernizing the home while still staying true to its original character.  Preservation and transformation do a delicate dance throughout the home and their convergence results in a truly one-of-a-kind project.

On the exterior, this balance comes into full force chiefly with the siding. White Hardie board is a durable choice, and a linear fish scale detail surrounding a second-story bay window harkens back to a previous iteration of the home. A U-shaped porch plays host to a suite of rocking chairs, and the entire façade works to welcome visitors.

Builder: Don Oscai, OC Construction
Interior design: Designs by Yvette Morgan


“This is such a beautiful property, and living here is really about taking advantage of the surrounding land,” explains Oscai. “For that reason, we spent a lot of time and effort on the home’s exterior. We wanted a feeling of luxury while still keeping everything very casual and down-to-earth.” One of Oscai’s favorite elements – not just on the exterior, but from the entire scope of the project – is the home’s roof. 
A specialty 50-year shingle adorns the majority of the roof, but implementing it was no easy task. “We had to piecemeal a special crew that could execute the requirements of the product and design,” elaborates Oscai. “The valleys and ridges presented an especially large challenge, but I’m thrilled with how it turned out. It gives the whole home a different look, and although it probably took us three times longer to install than a standard roof, it does a lot to set this house apart from anything else like it.”

To see more from OC Construction, contact 423.595.4168 or occonstruction@hotmail.com.

Select Furniture: Fowler Brothers Co.

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Stepping inside, visitors are transported into the foyer where a gently curved staircase draws the eye further into the home. Lightly painted walls and trim are paired with rich espresso oak floors for a high-contrast aesthetic. A distressed candle-style chandelier and quaint bench round out the space and help maintain the farmhouse feel.

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A long hallway takes guests from the foyer to the heart of the home, where the kitchen effortlessly flows into several dining and seating areas. A narrow island rests in the center of the kitchen and houses the cooktop, as well as plenty of storage. Overlay cabinetry is painted a bright white, and the room’s subway tile backsplash, appliances, and countertops reinforce the monochromatic motif. With no windows in this area of the home, the color serves as a crucial choice in keeping the room bright and airy. Recessed lighting appears in conjunction with a trio of pendant lights, and the chrome hardware and fixtures take things a step further and reflect light back into the room. 

Lighting: Inline Lighting

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Adjacent to the kitchen is the home’s main living room.
A cream upholstered sectional is centered within the room, and a shiplap accent wall is yet another farmhouse touch. Further contributing to the continuity, a brick fireplace surround repeats the material found on the exterior chimney, thus giving the vignette a warm and cozy feel.

Two sets of French doors topped with transom windows lead to a nearby sunroom which has a more lively atmosphere. This energetic room is painted a light blue with plenty of windows to boot. Several seating options dot the space, which also doubles as a playroom for the younger members of the family. 

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Also on the main floor is the bright and spacious master suite. Here, a double tray ceiling offers up opulence, and highly detailed millwork is everywhere you turn.

“The trim is another one of those elements that we really tried to honor and preserve when renovating,” explains Oscai. “Most of the doorways and crown molding contain at least seven pieces of trim, and there was a tremendous amount of care and labor put into outfitting the home with it. We just didn’t feel right removing that.”

The bathroom features his-and-hers vanities, which are bisected by the entryway. A clawfoot soaking tub with chrome accents is nestled into a nook and commands the room.

“The main goal was to alter the space so that it functioned for the current family. We had to do some work to bring things up to current building practices and standards, but after that, it was all about letting the home’s personality shine through,” says Oscai.

“This home at its core aims to combine updates with some of the original elements.”
– Don Oscai, OC Construction

Other suppliers: 
Countertop fabrication and install: Tom Brooks
Electrical: Ridge Electric
Exterior doors and windows:
Junior’s Building Materials
Gas Appliances Unlimited
Flooring: Five
Star Hardwood
Landscaping: Denham Landscaping
Painting: Nasario Velasquez, NV Construction
Plumbing: Farley Plumbing
fixtures and bathtub: Ferguson
Pool: Bradford Turner, Turners Pool LLC
Select furniture: 5090 South Terrace – THE Furniture Store; Cochran Furniture Co. Inc.
Tile: Wilkerson Tile
Trim carpenter: Kevin Pressnell

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