Modern Country Comfort

Feature Home

By Christina Davenport
Photography by Jimie Luangrath/Creative Revolver 

A midst lush lawns and forested thickets lies this casual and comfortable mountain home. When Tim Burns of Burns Construction Co. LLC was tasked with the creation of this home, he had one goal that superseded all others – to build a home that paid homage to the surrounding area and neighboring homes while still offering the opportunity only a new build can. 

Shake-style Hardie siding reinforces that very goal and is painted a rich Gauntlet Grey. Black embellishments – such as the shutters and gable brackets – offer a bit of a farmhouse feel and elegantly punctuate the front of the home.

By neither commanding attention nor fading into the background, this home has an appearance that will truly stand the test of time.

Builder: Tim Burns, Burns Construction Co. LLC
Interior design: Kyle Burns, Burns Construction Co. LLC


On the inside of the home, the kitchen is as stunning as it is simple. Alabaster shaker-style inset cabinetry is bookended by several woods that work to warm up the space, such as a poplar tongue-and-groove ceiling and white oak flooring. Glazed subway tiles offer a handmade feel and are purposefully placed in a herringbone pattern behind the range to keep the design interesting. A bright and colorful runner covers the linear space between the island and perimeter, and a large picture window just beyond the sink floods the room with natural light. This space is rounded out with stainless-steel appliances and black metal cabinetry pulls that, when combined, evoke a bit of an industrial chic aesthetic.

“The homeowner was very mindful about wanting a house that would be utilized and lived in,” says Burns. “With several grandkids, the family wanted a space that was fun, safe, and beautiful when it came to entertaining and hosting family.”

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Countertops: Stone Source, Inc.
Tile: Louisville Tile

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With keeping guests comfortable a top priority, this home’s open floor plan is a no-brainer. While seating for four is available via the barrel-backed barstools tucked under the island, there’s even more space at the nearby farmhouse-style dining table. Two benches and a set of parsons chairs welcome friends and family, and their unobstructed access from the kitchen means conversation can still flow freely. Black accents, an antique china cabinet, and shiplap walls all harken back to the farmhouse style while a more traditional area rug is a slightly unexpected touch. Several houseplants dot the main living area and pull the vibrancy visible outside into the interior space. 

Keeping with the open concept, the home’s living room is just steps away. Reclaimed beams give this area its own identity while maintaining spaciousness. A stacked-stone fireplace surround and leather seating add another layer to the warmth brought on by the various types of wood. The entirety of this space is a masterclass in combining elevated style and casual comfort. 

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“I’m really proud of how the interior turned out. We’ve combined a lot of variations of wood, which makes the house more interesting and cozy. Not only do the woods work really well together, I think they work well with other elements such as the shiplap. The house is still bright, and you won’t find another one quite like it because of the selections that were made.”  – Tim Burns, Burns Construction Co. LLC

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Also on the main floor is the master suite, which takes a turn when it comes to style. While the shiplap walls stay true to the farmhouse feel, their Chelsea Gray color deviates from the rest of the home, and the room is outfitted with more traditional furniture. A set of striped wingback chairs and a settee at the foot of the bed offer up several seating options, while the nightstands and corresponding table lamps evoke a more conventional atmosphere. Light streams in through several windows and plays beautifully with the hardwoods. These warm elements provide a fun duality with the cooler tones used throughout the space. Centered in the room, a four-poster bed is an opulent finishing touch and displays design prowess with its detailed carving.

Interior doors: Interior Trim & Supply, Inc.

In the ensuite, a carefully curated lineup of materials and finishes doubles down on the cool tones first found in the bedroom. White cabinetry and walls are paired with a freestanding soaking tub for a spa-like feel, while the shower features a combination of river rock tile and faux marble tile with gray veining.

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Around the back of the home, visitors can find several areas that are primed for relaxation and connection. A fenced-in swimming pool makes it easy to beat the heat on a hot summer day while a nearby fire pit is a welcome reprieve on cooler days. 

“This build went relatively well, and we had few challenges to overcome,” says Burns. “We were lucky in that the homeowners knew exactly what they wanted so everything sort of just fell into place. The entire home turned out stylish, but it’s still comfortable and feels lived in, which was the goal all along.”

Other suppliers:
Appliances, lighting, and plumbing fixtures: Ferguson
Brick and fireplace: Key-James Brick & Supply Inc.
Cabinetry: Dakota Concepts 
Concrete: Yerbey Concrete
Exterior doors and windows: Pella Windows & Doors of Chattanooga
Flooring: Five Star Hardwood Floors
Hardscaping: Brian Sitton Construction
Ironwork: Burns Fabricating
Landscaping: Lang-Scapes, LLC
Masonry: Don Ingle, Ingle Masonry
Painting: Ramos Painting
Pool: Jackie’s Pools
Trim: Gerry Cornett Woodworking

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