Functional Family Farmhouse

Builder: Steve Ward, Sun Construction

Architect: Jay Caughman, Caughman + Caughman Architects


Nestled in among nearly 200 acres of lush pasture and dense forest, this inviting home is the quintessential farmhouse. Functionality meets style with a careful consideration of colors and materials for the homeowners’ family of three. “From the beginning, this project adhered to a pretty traditional notion of what it means to own a farmhouse,” explains Steve Ward, president of Sun Construction. “Our main goal was to come in and have this property be as maintenance-free as possible for our busy homeowners.”


By Christina Cannon  |  Photography by Philip Slowiak

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From the moment visitors approach this chic home, they are immediately welcomed with a sense of true Southern hospitality. Rich stamped concrete serves as the foundation for the full wrap-around porch. Pure white Hardie board gives way to a Haint Blue ceiling – a long-standing Southern tradition thought to protect from spirits and bugs alike by mimicking the sky. The most captivating element of the home’s exterior, however, is a set of mahogany double Dutch doors that provides a glimpse straight through the heart of the home and to the views on the other side. “Deciding how we wanted to position the home was something we spent a good bit of time on,” says Ward. “There’s a great view everywhere you look. It was just a matter of spinning the house so that you had the perfect view from the front end of the house all the way through the back.” To see more from Sun Construction, visit

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Once inside the home, a true traditional farmhouse layout starts to emerge. To the right sits a formal living room. Prime for conversation or curling up with a book, this space marries an array of pale pinks for a cheery atmosphere. A white shiplapped accent wall features a gas fireplace with stone surround and a warm wooden mantel that complements the bronze and brass accents found in the furniture and fixtures.

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To the left of the entryway is the dining room, complete with a traditional wooden farmhouse table. A bench accommodates guests on one side, while six ladder back chairs round out the seating arrangement. Here, a shiplap wall and rustic pendant light match that of the formal living room and provide cohesion between the two spaces.

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Further into the home, the great room draws on elements previously seen in other areas. Two insets repeat the home’s signature shiplap, and the same stone used in the formal living room can be found here – this time surrounding a larger wood-burning fireplace. In this room, the largely neutral color palette is accentuated with pops of blue, and two dark wooden beams overhead run the length of the room and provide additional visual interest. 


Interior doors, trim, and windows: East Chattanooga Lumber & Supply Co.

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Open to the home’s great room is its kitchen. Here, a banquet table, which was made from the reclaimed wood of a century-old barn that was on the property, commands the room. The table, which features bench seating on three sides, is surrounded by a U-shaped island capped with durable quartz countertops. “This table was definitely a design consideration, and in a way, it shaped a lot of the dimensions for the rest of the main living areas,” explains Jay Caughman of Caughman + Caughman Architects. “Once we had this table right, we sort of backed off of that to form the rest of the kitchen, and from there, that dimension translated to the dining room.”

Simple white shaker-style cabinetry is double stacked and runs all the way to the ceiling, maintaining the crisp and clean ambiance the homeowners set out to achieve. Classic white subway tiles line the backsplash of the kitchen and butler’s pantry, while a dark wooden range hood that matches the beams in the living room provides the perfect amount of color to the room. Several steps away, a bar area accommodates six and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding area.


Appliances and lighting and plumbing fixtures: Ferguson

Countertops and tile: Stone Source, Inc.

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Also off the main floor is the master suite. Another shiplap accent wall builds on the existing cohesion, but this time is balanced with walls painted in Weekend blue for an embracing feng shui. A set of French doors leading to the back porch is flanked with two large sidelights and capped with transom windows to maximize the view. The view is front and center in the bathroom as well, with a freestanding tub tucked into an alcove and surrounded with windows for an added layer of tranquility. White walls and cabinetry are accompanied by a quatrefoil pattern tile floor for a pop of personality to this clean and classic, albeit functional, farmhouse.


Countertops and tile: Stone Source, Inc.



Additional lighting: Southern Lighting Source  |  Cabinetry: Tony Cordell  |  Custom banquet table: Nate Clark  |  Fireplaces and shower door: Therm-Con  |  Flooring: Choo Choo Carpets & Floor Coverings, Inc.  |  Hardscapes and stamped concrete: Joey Case, Case Construction  |  Stone: Stephens Masonry | Tile installation: Kevin Whited

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