Modern Farmhouse Mystique

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By Christina Davenport
Photography by Beacon Imagery

Nestled among a thicket of woods, this unique farmhouse residence offers unparalleled opportunity for connectivity. Built by Patrick St. Charles of Pat St. Charles Company, this home artfully honors open space rather than trying to fill it.

“This house was built as an alternate residence for a couple that lives in Florida. They were very involved in the building process, and this entire project – even down to the layout of the home – was their vision. When they come to this home, they really want it to feel like a sanctuary in the mountains,” explains St. Charles. “Aside from that, the homeowners also inherited roughly 150 works of art from the husband’s grandmother who was a painter, so having space to display and celebrate those was also important.”

Builder: Patrick St. Charles, Pat St. Charles Company | Architect: Kyle Haston

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With open and natural space being the primary goal of the build, the main living area hits a home run. Vaulted ceilings reach 28 feet at their apex, and windows can be found everywhere you turn.

“A neat thing about this home is that all of the windows are functional. Even the ones at the top open up and let in some air,” explains St. Charles. “One of my favorite elements, however, is the timber framing. The beams were a bit of a challenge just because of their size and weight, but it worked out beautifully.”

The rough-sawn western pine beams are paired with antler chandeliers and a white-washed reclaimed brick fireplace for a rustic feel, but with the ample natural light, the space still feels open and airy. Black accents pop against the otherwise bright interior and harken back to the farmhouse style.

modern farmhouse decor living roomBeams, doors, trim, and windows: East Chattanooga Lumber & Supply Co.

To see more from Pat St.Charles Company, visit psc-build.com.

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Adjacent to the living and dining space is the home’s kitchen. A suite of five barstools that were once tractor seats repeat the same material found in the three pendant lights that hang over the large island. Topped with quartzite counters, the island is grounded by its black color, which also matches the range hood.

The real priority of the area, however, is a custom-built breakfast nook tucked into the corner. An L-shaped tufted banquette provides plenty of seating and is situated under an elegant vintage chandelier, while a wet bar just to the right offers the perfect place to prepare a refreshment.

“We paid a lot of special attention to this part of the home,” explains St. Charles. “The homeowners really had a vision for this space and wanted to create an area to have their morning coffee with sunlight streaming in. We even placed windows in particular spots and oriented the house in a certain manner to make this space come to life.”

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In addition to the natural light that cloaks not just the main living space but the entire home, numerous light fixtures are the cornerstone of the striking personality that is on full display. Recessed lighting offers illumination, while pendants round out the ambiance. In the main living space alone, antler, crystal, and metal do a delicate dance and help define spaces in an otherwise open area. In the dining space, 10 sheep-skin chairs add yet another texture and material to the lineup.

Steps away from the dining area, French doors open to a lively office that doubles down on all of these elements and textures with its use of a glass star light fixture and animal pelt rug. As with the rest of the home, this room also pays careful consideration to numerous pieces of art that are housed in various frames and reflect various aesthetics.

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In the master suite, the white oak flooring seen throughout the rest of the home appears with a vaulted tongue-and-groove ceiling. The richness of the hardwoods bookends the space and provides a nice contrast with the whites and creams that cover the walls and textiles. Progressing on into the master bathroom, guests are greeted with another pop of personality. Here, a freestanding tub with a floor-mounted faucet rests upon an accent floor that is comprised of tiles featuring a white star. Wavy, high-gloss subway tiles run around the perimeter of the shower, while penny tile flooring adds another shape to the mix.

“A fun thing about this project is that we were able to use and install a lot of materials that we hadn’t worked with before. This patterned tile is definitely something you don’t see in a lot of homes.” – Patrick St. Charles, Pat St. Charles Company

Appliances, bathtub, and
plumbing fixtures: Ferguson

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Connected to the main house via the foyer is an area the homeowners lovingly refer to as the art barn. This flexible space again crowns natural light as king with its two glass garage doors. When open, these doors bring the outdoors in and allow the mountain breeze to roll through.
This space provides the perfect spot for a quick workout, but in earnest is more of an art aficionado’s studio space. Not only is there plenty of room to work on a larger-than-life painting, but this space is also the perfect solution to showcase other works of art that don’t make the curated collection inside the main structure.

The spaciousness of the art barn is also fit for a crowd if entertaining a large number of guests is ever a necessity.
“The homeowners wanted this to be a place where they could display art, make art, and share art with friends and family,” explains St. Charles. “It was meant to pay homage to the homeowner’s grandmother and help her legacy live on.”

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While the interior of this home has all the comfort one could ever want, the outdoor living space is not to be outdone. The white Hardie board exterior is topped with a standing-seam metal roof, and a covered porch allows visitors to take in the sweeping views from one of the numerous rocking chairs.

“Preparing the site was probably one of the more challenging aspects of this project, but it was also one of the most rewarding. We created several dry riverbeds to divert water away from the house, which is really quite fun, and we didn’t realize the property had a view until we began clearing the lot,” says St. Charles. “Overall, this was a very fun and somewhat unique project, and it was an honor to be a part of it.”

 

Other suppliers: Brick: Acme Block & Brick, Inc. | Cabinetry: Josh Contino, Cabinets by Josh | Countertops: Chattanooga Granite & Marble | Fireplace brick installation: Matthew Green Construction | Fireplace mantel: Push Hard Lumber Company | Flooring: Millwood Specialty Flooring | Garage doors: Chattanooga Garage Door | Hardscapes: Steve Seifert, Creative Stone Design | Painting: Ramos Painting | Roof: JC Structures | Tile installation: Garcia’s Tile

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