Relaxed Living Along the Ridge

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By Christina Davenport
Photography by Jimie Luangrath/Creative Revolver 

Traditional touches meet timeless sophistication in this mountaintop home by Waldrep Construction, LLC. White Hardie lap siding cloaks the outside of this sprawling abode and is broken up by beautiful natural stone, which also appears around the foundation for added continuity. Four columns outline the front porch, which is dotted with a quartet of rocking chairs. Three dormer windows just above offer even more charm, and the entire façade exudes a feeling of class all the while maintaining a certain approachability.  

Builder: Larry Waldrep, Waldrep Construction, LLC
Architect: Jon Greenfield, Greenfield Designs, LLC 
Interior design: Lindsey Frost, Frost Designs, Inc.


The continuity continues on the interior, where the same stone used on the front of the home reappears in the floor-to-ceiling fireplace.

“The homeowners didn’t want a rustic house, but at the same time this home was built on a mountain with a lot of rock so it’s only right to play into that style a bit,” says Larry Waldrep, owner of Waldrep Construction, LLC. “I think using a lighter, warmer stone throughout the property like we did gives it just enough of the relaxed mountain living feeling that we were going for. Plus all of the stone was locally quarried, so it fits the aesthetic even more.”

This inviting space is rounded out with several built-ins, a camel-colored sectional, a reclaimed wood mantel, and a sleek industrial light fixture for a no-frills approach.

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Specialty trim: Interior Trim & Supply, Inc.

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With an open-concept floor plan, there’s easy access to the kitchen. Double-stacked white shaker cabinetry wraps the edge of the room, and several of the solid wood doors have been traded for their glass counterparts, which allows beautiful dishes to be put on full display. Chrome plumbing fixtures work well with the stainless-steel appliances while a trio of barstools and the hardware on the perimeter cabinetry contribute to the mixed metal aesthetic. Natural light streams in from a nearby bank of windows, and two glass pendants and additional recessed lighting mean this space is always light and airy.

Countertops: Granite Warehouse

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Just feet away from the kitchen is the home’s dining area. Here, a sisal rug sets the foundation for a delightful farmhouse table. Eight cream-colored chairs surround the table and pair expertly with the light wood grain. A linear, candle-style light fixture appears overhead and pulls the mixed metal element into this area of the home. Several pieces of greenery can be found in this space, and the arrangements offer up a lively touch while providing a connection to the forest visible just outside. 

This space of the home is truly a hub, and guests can access a variety of places from this room. To the right, a set of French doors open to a light-filled office while the doors to the left lead out to the covered deck. 

Doors, select trim, and windows: East Chattanooga Lumber & Supply Co.
Select furniture: Fowler Brothers Co.

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Dreamy white oak hardwoods lead into the master, which achieves a calming quality with its unpretentious design. The entire room is swathed in neutrals and consists of mostly light, warm tones. One exception to this is a pair of wooden nightstands that bring out the muted darker tones of the transitional rug. An upholstered bed frame and headboard accommodate a king bed which is topped with an off-white quilt. With plenty of windows, Roman shades are utilized to provide not only privacy but also a bit of darkness when needed, and they introduce another texture to the space. A minimalist wooden ceiling fan incorporates the same material as the bench directly below, and a pair of white table lamps are the finishing touch.

Shades: River Valley Blinds Shades & Shutters

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In the adjoining master bathroom, neutral colors are again in full force. Similar to the kitchen, this room features white shaker cabinetry, but this time, it is topped with a rich black quartzite that has subtle veining. Several light fixtures and the cabinetry hardware offer additional pops of black and result in a high-contrast look. A soaking tub is tucked into a nook, and a Roman shade just like that of the bedroom creates coziness while offering concealment. In the shower, hexagon tiles on the floor have an almost river-rock appearance, while traditional white subway tiles comprise the sides. Several showerheads, including a rain head, complete the area and work wonders in making this a tranquil area of the home. 

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Perhaps the top spot for relaxation, however, is the home’s pool where no detail was overlooked. Ivory travertine makes up the pool decking, and the home’s signature stone is utilized in several places including the columns, a partial retaining wall, and as an accent for the spa and fire features. Vibrant blue water fills the pool, and a large sun deck is home to four wave loungers and several side tables. This area also features several bubblers, and yet another water feature can be found in the grotto at the far end of the pool. Not to be outdone is the pool’s swim lane, which provides the perfect way to get in a little morning exercise.

Pool and spa: Master Pools by Artistic Pools, Inc.

“We actually knew the homeowners personally before working with them on this build. We knew what was important to them as a family, and one of my favorite things about this project was that we were able to deliver on features that really improve their quality of life and make this a fun place to live.”
– Larry Waldrep, Waldrep Construction, LLC

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After a full day in the sun, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place to unwind than on the screened-in porch. Accessible from the living room, this cozy area is outfitted with a suite of wicker-style furniture resting atop durable composite decking. A blue diamond-patterned rug and several royal blue throw pillows provide a pop of color, while a pine tongue-and-groove ceiling and stone fireplace command a more intimate feel. With few distractions, this peaceful part of the home is predestined for quality conversation with friends or family.

“This project was relatively straightforward. Our main challenge was just the location. Anytime you build on a mountain there is going to be some added difficulty associated with busting through rock and getting the home appropriately anchored,” adds Waldrep. “Once we had achieved that, we were really able to run with it and start executing the homeowners’ vision. They were really easy to work with and were super calm throughout the whole process. That’s what truly made this project such a fun build.”

Other suppliers:
Appliances: Josh Soward, AllSouth Appliance Group, Inc.
Cabinetry: Wood Hollow Cabinets
Fireplace: America’s Hearth & Patio Warehouse  
Flooring: Kenworthy Hardwood Flooring
Landscaping: Signal Mountain Nursery; RECZ Landscaping
Lighting and plumbing fixtures: Ferguson
Painting: Newman & Sons Painting, LLC
Stone and tile: Acme Brick, Tile & Stone
Tile installation: Ace Tile Installations, LLC 

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