Timeless Mountaintop Elegance

front view of a pool overlooking a scenic view

Feature Home

By Catherine Smith
Photography by Ali Atchley/Creative Revolver 

Perched on the edge of a scenic overlook, this artfully crafted home seamlessly blends mountain charm with timeless elegance. A custom build from start to finish, Josh and Jordan Cain of Cain Development, LLC paid close attention to even the smallest details to achieve the homeowners’ vision for this mountaintop manor.

“It took us about eight months to come up with the plans for this home – totally custom. Then it took another 16 months to actually construct,” recalls Ashley Stinson, lead designer with Cain Development, LLC. “We weren’t going to compromise our timelines to rush through it, we wanted to find the right people who could deliver on the specific vision for this house.”

Builder: Josh and Jordan Cain, Cain Development, LLC 
Interior design: Ashley Stinson, Cain Development, LLC
Architect: Jon Greenfield, Greenfield Designs, LLC

Set in Stone

The exterior details of this home marry rustic elements with refined touches. Hardie board siding provides a sleek and modern canvas for the natural stone details to stand out, while cedar columns and gable brackets pay homage to the lot’s wooded entrance. French doors with an arched transom window provide an uninterrupted sightline all the way through the home, and a pair of lantern-style sconces round out the elegant look.

To see more from Cain Development, LLC, visit caindevelopment.org.

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Upon entering the home, the chic foyer makes a stunning first impression with its moody walls and wainscoting, while herringbone brick floors and a large deer antler chandelier tie in natural elements. Beyond this alcove, the main living area draws visitors in with an open and welcoming design. 

“The main living area has this great open concept, and we added in the trusses and other wood details to give it the richness of a mountain touch,” Stinson says. “Those are custom trusses, and they are super heavy. We actually had to come back and reinforce them again after we’d already reinforced them.”

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Just off the living room, a spacious kitchen offers the best of functionality and aesthetics with double wall ovens, a pot filler faucet, and sleek solid bronze hardware. Double islands swathed in Hail Navy and topped with white marble make hosting a breeze, with ample storage space to boot. 

“We wanted to lighten things up a bit in the kitchen, so we used a lot of marble and white cabinetry,” Stinson shares. Glass pendant lighting fixtures add a modern touch and work with natural, wall-mounted, and recessed lighting to further brighten the space.

Countertops: Granite Warehouse

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“One of the things I loved about working with this couple was that they had some really specific artwork that we built this home around. This gorgeous tapestry was a really important piece of the puzzle that we put together.” 

– Ashley Stinson, Cain Development, LLC

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Artful attention to detail continues in the bedroom, where a beautifully framed oil painting is the focal point of the space. Coupling a stone fireplace and grand four poster bed with the sleek, modern design of a golden chandelier, this room strikes a balance between masculine and feminine energy. This duality of energy and the corresponding complementary design elements create a motif that is consistently present throughout the home. 

“They needed us to find their balance because he loves certain things and she loves certain things, but they’ve made a good mesh of what makes them both comfortable throughout the whole house. It all flows,” Stinson explains. 

This harmonious balance also exists in the bathroom, where granite countertops, Carrera marble floors, and an elegant chandelier maintain a sense of elevated androgyny. Another highly customized part of this build, the bathroom’s elements were all specifically chosen to complement the black and white clawfoot bathtub. “She picked that tub and we built the bathroom around it. The cabinetry, the tile, the way we did the doors – everything,” Stinson recalls.

Closet: Chattanooga Closet Company
Tile: The Tile Store

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Moving down to the ground level of the home, guests have access to a spacious den where a plush sectional offers the perfect space for cozy conversations. The interior wall features a wet bar, complete with a chrome wine cooler, convenient for crafting a drink to enjoy while taking in the stunning view at a bistro table in the corner. With a shuffleboard table behind the couch and a large television mounted above the reclaimed wooden mantel, there is no shortage of entertainment in this room. 

Through large sliding glass doors, mesmerizing views of the surrounding mountains and river draw visitors to the expansive back patio of the home. Here, the stunning pool features a sundeck with a pair of loungers, and the pool’s infinity edge maintains an uninterrupted sightline. 

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Directly overhead, the upper deck was designed just as thoughtfully. The 18-foot tongue-and-groove ceiling and accompanying truss add a touch of elegance, while glass railings keep the captivating view on full display. 

According to Stinson, constructing this outdoor ambience was no small feat. “Anytime that you’re on a mountain and you have an infinity edged pool, that’s a little bit of a challenge, but we worked with really great people to deliver these outdoor spaces,” Stinson says.

Pool: Royal Pools of Chattanooga

Other suppliers:
Appliances: AllSouth Appliance Group, Inc.
Brick and select tile: Acme Brick, Tile & Stone
Cabinetry: Shane Davis Custom Carpentry
Flooring: Hank’s Carpet & Flooring
Grading: Circle T Construction
Landscaping: Evergreen Design and Landscaping
Plumbing fixtures: Ferguson
Reclaimed mantels and floating shelves: Atlanta Specialty Woods
Stone: Montes Stone Products

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