Mountaintop Transitional

Builder: Duane Horton, GenTech Construction, LLC

Architect and interior design: AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg


Located atop Lookout Mountain in the McLemore community, this inviting home eloquently blends into the pristine landscape by drawing on natural materials that can be found throughout the area. “This is a great example of a classic architectural design,” explains Duane Horton, owner of GenTech Construction, LLC. “This home is very well tied to the roots and scenery of the area through its utilization of natural materials, and even though the home has rustic elements, it provides a bit of a modern take on the style.”


By Christina Cannon

Photography by Creative Revolver




Inviting the Indoors Out

A cornerstone of any naturalistic style, stone and wood play a big part in this home’s design. The back porch is bookended by two stone walls that bring the materials used on the home’s front exterior full circle. To one end is a state-of-the-art grilling station and outdoor dining space for six, while the opposite side of the porch features a flat-screen TV along with a viewing area. Flagstone pavers go hand in hand with the stone being used, and cedar columns provide an added dose of warmth. A matching cedar beam is used for a mantel, but perhaps the most beloved feature of this space is three glass doors that can be opened in one fell swoop to expose the home’s great room. To see more from GenTech Construction, LLC, visit


Stone: Majestic Stone

Back inside the home, the floor plan feels open while still allowing every room to have a specific intent. Gray board-and-batten wainscoting wraps three walls of the dining room, which is meant to accommodate gatherings without becoming a closed-off, formal space. “Less people are wanting a formal dining room these days, but we are in a great Southern locale, and we wanted people to have the capacity to gather around the table over a holiday meal or Sunday supper,” says Horton. Large beams in an X pattern provide a different style and texture from the other beams used throughout the home and work to add visual interest overhead. Moving further into the home, guests arrive at an elegant wet bar, which opens to the living room.


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

In the living room, the light and neutral color palette used throughout the home really shines. “We came in and decided to use a light color on the walls to make it feel like the outdoors,” says Horton. “This property kind of feels like an island in the sky, and the whites and light grays we chose almost mimic sunlight and give this airy feeling that helps balance darker elements like the trim and fireplace.”

From this space, visitors can easily access the den, office, master suite, kitchen, dining room, and additional areas, truly making it the heart of the home. Just steps away, the kitchen builds on the home’s rustic nature with an island featuring leathered granite countertops. Quartz countertops along the back wall are a durable option and complement the warmth of the backsplash and wooden range hood. 


Countertops: Webco, Inc.

Lighting and plumbing fixtures: Ferguson

“This second-story bonus room is a perfect example of all the unique ways we can provide cohesion in a home. Here, we’ve repeated the wooden beams that are a cornerstone of this home’s style and incorporated a new take on the X pattern seen in the dining room.” – Duane Horton, GenTech Construction, LLC

Also off of the main floor is the master suite. Here, the same crisp white color wraps the bedroom, while blue accents contribute to a calm and tranquil atmosphere. A four-post bed with a studded headboard and footboard offers up romantic lines, while two armchairs next to a nearby window grant a quiet respite. The same soothing color scheme is carried into the bathroom and can be found around a freestanding tub that rests peacefully beneath a window. From this room, you can appreciate nature’s splendor that so effectively embodies the design of the home.


Other Suppliers:

Cabinetry: Innovative Interiors  |  Fireplace: Therm-Con  |  Flooring: Dalton Wholesale Floors  |  Landscaping: 4 Seasons Landscape & Lawn Care  |  Painting: Hazelwood Painting  |  Stone installation: Stonehouse Design  |  Tile and installation: B & B Tile Installation, Inc.

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