Modern Mountain Opulence

View of first floor house with living room and stairway

Feature Home

By Christina Davenport
Photography by Daniel Neuhoff/Creative Revolver 

Perched high up on a bluff, this showcase home by Ben Peppers of Peppers Construction offers a taste of mountain living with an artful approach. Clean lines and perfect proportions are paired with décor choices that strike the optimum balance between warm and cool. Bluff views stretch for miles and miles, while a subdued opulence does a delicate dance with more casual selections. The end result is a comfortable home that has tranquility and oneness with nature at the forefront. 

Builder: Peppers Construction
Architect: AgapeDESIGN
Interior design: Catherine Fore Design

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In the dining room, large picture windows work to optimize the view. “I’m really proud of the way we were able to capitalize on the view in this home,” says Peppers. “There are so many ‘see-through’ aspects in the main living spaces, and there’s a great view in almost every room.”

The beautiful scene is made even better with the warm and welcoming vignette. Here, a thick wooden dining table with a travertine base can accommodate eight with its studded leather barrel-back chairs. All of the various wood tones in this space work perfectly with the linear antique brass pendant light, and these selections give the area a certain warmth that is contrasted by the cool blue mountain skies just outside.

To see more from Peppers Construction, visit benpeppers.com.

Exterior doors and windows: East Chattanooga Lumber & Supply Co.

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Nearby, the kitchen is a breath of fresh air with its light aesthetic. Double-stacked shaker cabinetry is cloaked in Dover white paint, and similar colors are repeated in the quartz countertops and subway tile backsplash. A silvery sheen also washes over the room all thanks to the stainless-steel appliances and polished nickel hardware and plumbing fixture. Oak floors with an oiled teak finish work to ground the space and the rich wood finish is pulled up into the room by a quartet of upholstered barstools. A pair of dome pendant lights round out the room and are the only other source of color in this otherwise dreamy white kitchen.

Countertops: Granite Warehouse 

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“I think the master bathroom is one of my favorite areas in the whole house. The shower is really a showstopper. There’s just something about the full-length, storefront windows in this room that make it special. You can relax and unwind, and it feels like there’s nothing between you and the brow.”
– Ben Peppers, Peppers Construction

Tile: The Tile Store

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In the great room, a stacked-stone fireplace outfitted with a reclaimed mantel stretches up to meet the tongue-and-groove ceiling. Built-ins bookend the fireplace, and each side also features mirrored artwork complete with gallery lighting. A minimalist, candle-style chandelier adds a bit of industrial flair, which is softened up with the seating arrangement. A cream-colored sofa pulls in the lighter tones of the room, while a set of barrel-back swivel chairs provides a familiar silhouette. A blue armchair and matching ottoman tucked into the corner round out the seating options, and two plush ottomans in the center of the room serve as a coffee table of sorts.

Furniture: Mia Durham and Olivia Tidwell, Furniture of Dalton

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Sliding glass doors provide easy access to the back patio where a pool and accompanying spa is the main attraction. The sparkling blue waters transition almost seamlessly into the sky and are only broken up by the nearby tree line. The flagstone decking complements the stone used throughout the space, and several vignettes such as a set of loungers, a dining area, and a covered outdoor living area make relaxing in style an effortless endeavor. Keeping with the modern mountain theme, wooden columns, beams, and gable brackets ensure that the luxurious offerings remain true to style.

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“I think most people in this industry are coming off of several years where we were running into a lot of supply chain issues. Building homes now feels so seamless in comparison, and it’s been refreshing for our biggest challenge to be just getting as close to the ridge as possible and working with all the rock.”
– Ben Peppers, Peppers Construction

Identical framing can be found on the front of the home, where the architectural prowess of the build can be fully appreciated. “I like to think that we delivered on our overarching goal to provide classical styling that will stand the test of time,” says Peppers. “We have blended innovative and modern architecture with elements from a mountain aesthetic that gives this home a real sense of place.”

With each room in this stunning abode, there is a motif of beauty and balance on full display. Residents and visitors alike are put immediately at ease, and the serenity of nature is celebrated at every turn. 

Other suppliers:
Appliances, outdoor kitchen, and plumbing fixtures: Ferguson 
Cabinetry: Innovative Interiors 
Flooring: DWF Flooring Cabinets & More
Hardscaping, pool, and spa: Fischer Landscape Co. 
Ironwork: Proctor Fabrication 
Landscaping: Lang-Scapes, LLC
Stone: Acme Brick, Tile & Stone

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