When John Coffelt and Jonathan Bailey of HGH Construction, LLC, found out that a lot they had purchased in the heart of north Chattanooga was zoned for townhomes, it was a dream come true. “I had gone on a trip to DC and saw some colorful modern townhomes that had an interesting architectural shape, and I knew immediately that I wanted to bring that to Chattanooga,” says Coffelt. “I hadn’t done a ton of modern construction, so this was a great opportunity.”
By Christina Cannon / Photography by Philip Slowiak
After the duo honed in on their vision, Coffelt and Bailey got to work making sure the building celebrated the history of the area and didn’t encumber the existing fabric of the neighborhood. “We built these townhomes in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, so we had to be very mindful and respectful with our choices throughout the entire project,” says Coffelt. “But since we were building in an older neighborhood, we had our fair share of challenges from a material-delivery and logistics standpoint.” Nonetheless, the team at HGH Construction executed a stunning maintenance-minded home that dishes out relaxed urban living in style. From the home’s exterior, guests can easily see the crisp and linear nature that lends itself to the modern aesthetic. Two prominent gables pay homage to other homes in the neighborhood, while gray Hardie board is accompanied by the same wood-like material running horizontally across the front of the home. Two cedar posts work to define the entryways, and pops of black found in the window framing, front door, and a fern-filled planter provide a taste of what’s to come.
“We added little touches here and there that made this house feel high-quality yet comfortable on every level.”– Jonathan Bailey, HGH Construction, LLC
After entering the home, visitors travel down a long hallway covered in sheetrock on one side and black shiplap on the other, with a closet and powder room inconspicuously accessible. At the heart of the home, bright whites are paired with blacks, grays, and golds for an edgy and modern feel. A quartz-topped island can accommodate four, and dark embellishments in the counters match the gray granite perimeter countertops. Three gold pendant lights provide continuity with gold hardware that dots the simple white shaker-style cabinets. A gourmet range – hailing from right here in Tennessee – is a cook’s dream, and a round solid wood table provides additional seating with its five matching cross-back chairs. “When we began designing this home, we sat down and said to ourselves, ‘How can we elevate this space?’” says Bailey. “We added little touches here and there that made this house feel high-quality yet comfortable on every level.”
The built-ins that flank the fireplace include the home’s signature black color and are layered with open wooden shelves, which are topped with an array of botanicals.
One prime place for comfort is the living room. A light-colored sofa is paired with an identical armchair, and a fireplace adheres to the home’s linear theme while adding a cozy element. The built-ins that flank the fireplace include the home’s signature black color and are layered with open wooden shelves, which are topped with an array of botanicals. A thin reclaimed walnut mantel mixes the old with the new, and a sliding glass door, which provides access to a durable composite deck, brings in plenty of light.
Following the white oak hardwoods back toward the entryway, guests can take a staircase to the home’s top floor, which contains the master suite. “We built this home to where, when you’re on any given floor, you have everything you need to live and be comfortable at your fingertips,” says Bailey. The space, which contains its own laundry area, is gracious in size. In addition to the king bed sporting a soothing collection of grays, two armchairs rest in front of a Juliet balcony that, when open, provides a renewed sense of relaxation.
Walking through a white sliding barn door takes visitors to the master bathroom. Here, a spa-like feel emerges through the room’s colors and textures. The wallpaper used along the far wall walks a delicate line without becoming too masculine or too feminine. The space features a pair of round wooden mirrors, bringing a natural material into yet another room, and split vanities sit on both sides of a footless, freestanding bathtub. The opposite side of the room makes way for plenty of storage and an elegant glass-front shower in a space that expertly combines marble and porcelain tile. “I think I’m most proud of the fact that we built this home within a reasonable budget,” says Coffelt. “We chose wisely where to spend our money, and we certainly didn’t compromise on structure. I think we were really good stewards of this project and put in the time and funds exactly where they needed to go.”