Smartly Scandinavian

Builder: Chuck Williams, GenTech Construction
Interior designer: Jimmy Adams, Nell’s Home, Gifts, & Interior Design
Architect: Ann Aiken, AMA Architects

Mirroring the natural beauty of its surroundings, this sophisticated stone cottage on the mountain takes full advantage of awe-inspiring valley views. Chuck Williams of GenTech Construction worked with Jimmy Adams of Nell’s Home, Gifts, & Interior Design to create the minimal, welcoming aesthetic of the homeowners’ Scandinavian heritage. Together with architect Ann Aiken, they crafted a masterpiece worthy of a place in the pages of a storybook.

By Katie Faulkner
Photography By Philip Slowiak
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Opulent Outdoors

One of the grandest features of this home is the luxurious outdoor terrace, adjacent to the kitchen.Wall-to-wall flagstone and a crisply painted white plank ceiling elevate this exterior extension of the house. The comfortable atmosphere of this entertaining area makes the transition from inside to out barely noticeable. Three open doorways offer scenes of the valley and fresh air, but can easily be closed to create a weather-proof space. A fireplace adds warmth and charm, making the room usable year-round, and a flat screen television, discreetly hidden behind sliding barn doors, provides entertainment. “That fireplace was a custom build that really puts out a lot of heat, so this room is equally great in the winter, “ Williams says.  See more from GenTech Construction at

Outdoor furniture: The Patio Shop
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Entering the kitchen your eyes are treated to valley vistas via a wall of nearly floor-to-ceiling windows. A minimal, polished aesthetic is warmed with homey Scandinavian touches like vintage wooden spoons and traditional rosemale-painted objects. A farmhouse sink and vintage-inspired bridge faucet also lend charm. “From the richly stained beams to wainscoting to a classic style hood and the pass through to the family room, this kitchen is so inviting,” says Jackie Howard of Scarlett’s Cabinetry. “Keeping the cabinetry light with a soft gray hue and using coffee brown granite countertops allows this kitchen to successfully mix an established, lived-in feeling with the convenient, modern appliances.”

The window-framed landscape pulls eyes toward the welcoming dining area. Adams says, “I  incorporated the owners’ affinity for red in subtle ways, like the Oriental rug in the dining area.”

Appliances and fixtures: Ferguson
Cabinetry: Scarlett’s Cabinetry
Cabinetry design: Jackie Howard, Scarlett’s Cabinetry
Tile and countertops: The Tile Store
Windows: Window & Door Gallery
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The Scandanavian styling is most evident in this cozy living room. “The owners really wanted to keep everything in light and welcoming colors, inspired by nature,” Adams explains. “So, we used a lot of light greens and blues and even stone grays throughout the home.” Light-colored furniture and walls cultivate an ethereal atmosphere.

From this intimate family area, views of the valley can be enjoyed through extra-large picture windows. And European elements, like custom-carved balusters in the staircase featuring a heart-shaped cutout, add a charming hominess. The whimsical focal point of the room is the off-kilter fireplace, adorned with a rustic cherry wood mantle. “The owner gave our masons a picture of what she wanted and they crafted this custom fireplace from synthetic river stone with an asymmetrical, cottage-like design,” says Williams.

Interior doors and trim:
East Chattanooga Lumber & Supply Co.
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“The owner gave our masons a picture of what she wanted and they crafted this custom fireplace from synthetic river stone with an asymmetrical, cottage-like design.”

– Chuck Williams, GenTech Construction
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The master suite also calls on nature’s hues and mirrors the colors of the home’s wooded surroundings. In this peaceful oasis, wide moulding speaks to the craftsmanship of this home, and broad door casings make the most of every strategically placed window. “The tone of this room is soft and doesn’t detract from the view,” says Adams. The master suite is equipped with a control panel the owners can use to put the whole house “to sleep” at night, or where they can schedule all the lighting.

In the master bathroom, custom cabinetry and a patterned marble floor emphasize a luxurious appearance. Complete with a walk-in shower and lavish soaker tub, the beautiful sky blue exudes a soothing quality.

Other Suppliers:
Carpet: Choo Choo Carpets & Floor Coverings  |  Concrete: Case Concrete
Excavation: McClure Development Company  |  Fireplaces: Southern Hearth & Patio, Inc. 
Framing carpenter: Ooltewah Construction  |  Hardwood flooring: Kenworthy Hardwood Flooring 
Metal railings: Beaty Fabricating & Ornamental Iron  |  Mirrors: Independent Glass Co.
Painting: Hazelwood Painting and Decorating  |  Smart home system: Smart Systems Chattanooga
Stonework: Stonehouse Solutions  |  Tile installation: B&B Tile  | Trim carpentry: Sofield Construction
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Just off the master bedroom, an airy seating nook with a vaulted ceiling and wall of picture windows provides an other-worldly atmosphere. The private, simplistically serene seating area is anchored by a cozy, cream knotted rug and plush gray velvet chairs. A soft sage color is the perfect complement to the mountainous views.  “That sitting room is a magical, little space,” Adams says. “I wanted to keep it comfortable and simple.”

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