“We were looking around on the mountains and everywhere in Chattanooga, but for some reason, we kept coming back to this house,” says Sandy. “One night we were riding around, and we pulled up to the house. I remember looking at Brenda and asking if she was up for a big project, and she said yes.”
By the spring of the next year, the couple had closed on the home with renovations set to start later that fall. But the McKays didn’t just want to begin turning this house – which dates back to 1936 – into their ideal home. By working closely with Don Oscai of OC Construction, the McKays were able to update the home while still being respectful of a structure that had been in place for nearly a century.
“This home was built by Dr. and Mrs. Braly, and so many people in the area know this house as a fixture of the community. It’s almost like a Chattanooga landmark,” adds Sandy. “We happened to be in the right place at the right time, and we’re just so blessed to have gotten the home. We saw it as our responsibility to bring the old Braly home back to life.”
Even from the front yard, the McKay home does not disappoint. Six imperial columns rise up past the second story to meet eloquent dentil molding that runs along the front of the house. A vibrant brick veneer cloaks the front of the house with a diagonal detail just below the first story’s large windows. The arched entryway that is commonplace in the Georgian style beckons visitors to enter through a solid wood door and discover more of the home’s storied history.