The Country Craftsman

The goal with this home was to create a bit of a modern horse ranch. The homeowners had a vision for the lifestyle they wanted, and we worked with them to achieve it,” says Tim Burns of Burns Construction Company, LLC. In this modern take on a farmhouse, the architecture, immaculate construction, and thoughtful interior design work together to create a stunning country-style craftsman home. As Jodi Brewer of JL Brewer Designs, LLC shares, “It’s always exciting to stray from the typical and work on a unique home.”


By Katie Faulkner  /  Photography by Beacon Imagery


Builder: Tim Burns, Burns Construction Company, LLC
Residential home designer: Kyle Burns, Burns Construction Company, LLC
Interior design: Jodi Brewer, JL Brewer Designs, LLC

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Family Farmhouse Features

The main living spaces are open to each other, with a broad accordion-style sliding door that opens to the backyard and outdoor living area. “With these high ceilings, we trimmed everything out in a larger scale and used large windows and the specialty door to tie the outdoors into the main living spaces. I think the kitchen and great room really have a family feel,” says Tim. The interior design hints at a modern marriage of country and craftsman elements. Meanwhile, meticulous and classic details such as the capped moulding, crisp colors, and artisan stair rail call out as traditional arts and crafts elements. As Kyle Burns of Burns Construction Company, LLC says, “The goal was to design a home that was functional for a family while retaining that old-timey feel of a horse farm. It’s modern rural living.”

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“This kitchen is for a young family that really does cook every night, so it was meticulously planned.”

– Jackie Howard, Scarlett’s Cabinetry



Open to the great room, the kitchen is a highly functional space designed with cooking, family meals, and entertaining in mind. The spacious island was designed to be as large as the space would allow. As Jackie Howard of Scarlett’s Cabinetry says, “We designed this island, with a beautiful quartzite slab countertop, to have extra storage space and working surfaces.” The colors in the room range from a warm white to varying shades of gray, which are all repeated in the unique honeycomb tile backsplash. The island stands out from white perimeter cabinets in a charcoal shade of gray that matches the darkest shade in the tile backsplash. Top-of-the-line appliances and specialty drawer features help make this kitchen extra hardworking, while a custom-built sliding barn door carries the country craftsman theme into the kitchen. As Brewer points out, “I think several elements in the kitchen, including the sliding barn door, add that farmhouse flavor.”

Appliances and plumbing and lighting fixtures: Ferguson | Cabinetry: Scarlett’s Cabinetry
Cabinetry design: Jackie Howard, Scarlett’s Cabinetry | Countertops and tile: The Tile Store
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Nearby, the dining nook is situated beside the kitchen, while still open to the great room. Its wide group of windows allows plenty of natural light and sprawling green views into the dining, kitchen, and great rooms. Meanwhile, a weathered wood table mixed with straight-back linen-swathed chairs, accented with a French tack, creates a cozy and casual place to gather for meals. “We’re really seeing formal dining rooms fade out these days,” says Tim. “They aren’t as practical, and this is a space the family can use for anything.” The dining area is also adjacent to the walk-out for the outdoor living area, meaning that during temperate weather, the homeowners can easily enjoy extending their activities to the back terrace. Whether used for homework, crafts, or three-course meals, this welcoming space offers functionality and flow.

Trim and interior doors: Interior Trim & Supply, Inc.
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Also on the main level is the inviting master suite. Subtle elements tie in the country craftsman styling with an elevated aesthetic. The shiplapped headboard wall, white waxed wooden bed, and comfortable linens all contribute to a more relaxed atmosphere. The room also walks out to a private backyard patio, while the windows afford views of the field and woods behind the home. “I wanted to keep this room feeling like a tranquil retreat, so we layered the bedding and kept the colors and furniture finishes very light and airy. Then, to help them take full advantage of their tall windows, we selected draperies with built-in blackout panels. That way, when the panels are open, they have all the views and natural sunlight, but when they’re asleep, it’s dark and comfortable,” explains Brewer.

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shower and bathtub in master bathroom in country-style craftsman home in chattanooga built by burns construction


The adjoining master bathroom features luxurious tile options. A leathered granite countertop in bold black and cream colors tops the dark vanities. Howard shares, “The finish is a custom stain on maple cabinetry. It was important to the homeowners to choose materials for the vanities that would create the look of furniture. So we incorporated a lot of texture and warmth into the countertop and the finish on the cabinetry.” The light gray walls perfectly complement soft gray veining in the marble-look tile, which continues all the way up the shower wall. A glass enclosure, multiple showerheads, and large tiled bench round out the decadent corner shower.


Cabinetry: Scarlett’s Cabinetry |  Cabinetry design: Jackie Howard, Scarlett’s Cabinetry  |  Tile: The Tile Store
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Craftsman characteristics with a hint of country living come into full focus at the front of the home. Stamped concrete flooring, a wood-planked porch ceiling, stained French doors, board and batten-style fiber cement siding, and classic gables are just a few of these quintessential elements. The soft green shade of the exteriors blends well with stacked stone siding and the natural surroundings, reinforcing the home’s connection to the property. “We set out to create a family-oriented home that could function as a horse ranch, and overall, the touches of craftsman style complement the country lifestyle quite well,” Tim says.


Other Suppliers:
Brick and stone: Acme Brick, Tile & Stone
Concrete: Increte Concrete Systems
Flooring: Chattanooga Flooring Center
Furniture: JL Brewer Designs, LLC
Landscaping: Mountain Top Landscaping
Windows: Pella Windows & Doors of Chattanooga
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