Relaxed Mountain Living

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If you were to ask Larry Waldrep of Waldrep Construction, LLC, what his No. 1 goal was for the build of this mountaintop home, he would tell you he wanted to create seamless transitions – not just between the appearance of the exterior and interior of the home, but also in lifestyle. “The natural setting and outdoor amenities are so important in the Flipper Bend community. I wanted the home to almost blend into its natural backdrop,” explains Waldrep. “I also wanted to encourage the exploration and appreciation of the beautiful surroundings. I think it is very important that the homeowners are able to enjoy this community and retreat to a luxurious home as well.”  

By Christina Cannon / Photography by Philip Slowiak

Builder: Larry Waldrep, Waldrep Construction, LLC

Architect: David Collins, Draftech Home Plans

Interior design: Tony Thompson, ASID, Tony Thompson Design






A Nod to Nature

The home’s exterior blends a variety of styles for a relaxed mountain aesthetic. Natural stone from a local quarry spans an array of colors and shades and works to tie in with the surrounding trees. Gel-stained, cement-fiber, staggered-edge siding gives the appearance of wood and is rounded out with a lighter lap siding. “Another goal of this home was to have it be as maintenance-free as possible, which we did with a lot of the materials we chose,” says Waldrep. “But more than anything, we wanted the home in this unique community to make a statement.” 

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Swinging bench seat with cushions on covered front porch of Chattanooga mountaintop home


Stepping inside the home provides one of those effortless transitions that Waldrep strived so hard for. “We really wanted the interior, compared to the outside of the home, to feel airy and bright,” says Waldrep. A mix of light materials executes the vision and lends itself to a refreshed casual atmosphere. White pine beams and a stained white pine mantel contribute to the goals for the space and work to draw the eye upward to the top of the vaulted ceilings. A stone fireplace surround brings some exterior elements inside, and the grays in the stone tie in with a roomy sectional and a buffet table that rests below a flat-screen TV.

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The white oak floors that run throughout the home take visitors to a small vestibule near the foyer that provides master bedroom access and, with it, a truly spa-like en-suite. A white shiplap focal wall matches that in the foyer, and its brightness is built upon with light quartzite countertops and small hexagonal tile that cloaks the floor. A window situated above a freestanding tub brings natural light into the room, and a tiered crystal chandelier reflects that light back into the room. His and hers vanities are separated by the room’s entryway, and each features their own attached linen closet and dazzling paint color. “All of the home’s cabinetry has its own custom color,” says Waldrep. “The cabinetry color provided a foundation from which tile was selected, and that has done a lot to maintain cohesion and aid in transitions.”


freestanding bath tub in cool and elegant master bathroom in Chattanooga mountaintop home

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Back across the main floor in the kitchen, another fun custom paint color emerges. The rich Van Courtland Blue that runs along the perimeter and is also found in the range hood influenced the floral-patterned tile comprising the entire back wall. A mix of solid wood cabinets, glass-front cabinets, and open bistro shelving allows for a display of personality. Quartzite provides consistency between the island and surrounding area, while knotty alder island cabinetry adds yet another material into this comfortable and energetic space. “The homeowner wanted the kitchen to be the showpiece of the home, and I think that was accomplished,” says Waldrep. “There are little things, like the chevron shiplap nook with an accent light to showcase the owner’s art, that make this room really special.”


Blue kitchen cabinets with glass fronts in Chattanooga mountaintop home kitchen

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blue range hood, elegant blue tile backsplash, and open kitchen shelving in Chattanooga mountaintop home


Open to the kitchen is a chic dining room. Two separate wood grains can be found in a buffet table and round dining table, which is surrounded with parsons chairs. A beaded chandelier is a lovely touch and incorporates metal into the mixed material lineup of wood, fabric, and greenery.

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And what mountain home would be complete without a calm place to enjoy crisp morning air? A screened-in patio off of the great room offers just that and acts as an extension of the living space. Another stone fireplace adds to the cozy atmosphere and is punctuated with wicker furniture that’s primed for conversation. A spruce tongue-and-groove ceiling helps this space transition back to the deep rich hues found in nature, once again blurring the lines between being outdoors and being in. “We used a lot of different and contrasting materials in this build,” explains Waldrep. “I’m very pleased with how well those materials blended together and how we were able to use different textures, colors, and lighting to keep anything from clashing. At the end of the day, though, I’m most proud of the fact that the owners are happy and love their home.”

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Other Suppliers:

Additional trim: Henley Supply Millwork, Inc.

Appliances and plumbing fixtures: Ferguson

Brick and stone: Acme Brick, Tile & Stone

Cabinetry: Wood Hollow Cabinets, Inc.

Countertops: Rocky Tops

Custom painting: Newman & Sons Painting, LLC

Fireplaces: America’s Hearth & Patio Warehouse

Flooring: Kenworthy Hardwood Flooring

Select furniture: Huck & Peck Home Furnishings

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