The Hughes Home
When Granger Hughes set out on the hunt for a new home in 2018, he knew exactly what he wanted. Hughes had seen a home he loved in the Ooltewah area, but his heart was set on living closer toward the city of Chattanooga. He tracked down the home’s builder, Brandon Waters of Waters-Holland Residential Builders, and was planning for a ground-up build when fate intervened – Hughes discovered the perfect property, also constructed by Waters-Holland, located in a quaint neighborhood of East Brainerd.
By Christina Cannon | Photography by Philip Slowiak
“This location is extremely convenient for me, and I liked the aesthetic of the home,” explains Hughes, who has managed to balance traditional old-world charm with an industrial flair for a truly unique outcome.
Upon arriving at the Hughes home, visitors are immediately welcomed with the utilization of brick and steeply pitched roofs that are characteristic of traditional European homes. Hughes originally intended to paint the brick exterior, but wanting to differentiate his home from others in the neighborhood, he settled on a German Smear and couldn’t be more satisfied with the final aesthetic.
“A lot of houses you see on the market are about a 70/30 split of brick and hardy board, but this home is closer to 90/10. I like brick a good deal, so it suits me,” says Hughes.
Lantern sconces bookend the home’s entryway, and wooden beams over the garage and one set of second-story windows bring in a rustic touch. A cantilever window commands the exterior, and its muted gray color gives guests a taste of what is to come.