Traditional Meets Modern

Dynamic contrasts between styles and eras come together to form
a perfectly cohesive look in this lakeside home.

By Candice Graham  |  Photography By Med Dement


Architect: Terry Barker, River Street Architecture
Builder: Matt Brown, Raines Brothers, Inc.

Secluded and private, this waterside home is a quiet respite for the homeowners. Designed by architect Terry Barker of River Street Architecture, the home’s orientation is such that lake views shine. “It’s a very extroverted house looking toward the lake,” Barker says. “We used a different logic for living that was focused on the outside rather than the inside.” Working with Matt Brown of Raines Brothers, Inc., the result is a modern home that blends well with its natural, remote surroundings. “It’s a rustic, modern home,” Brown says. “The outside has a modern feel with angled rooflines, and the stone used outside and in is really rustic.”


Stone Fort Feel

An inviting entryway has the feel of a stone fort, with local bluestone walls and flooring from Dayton Mountain. The tumbled stone walls have an established, well-worn look, while the floors feature a smoother finish. Treasured family artifacts are displayed on the walls. “The artifacts became a driving force for this home. We wanted to accommodate the family furnishings and artifacts, but in a much different setting than they were in before,” explains Barker. “Our goal when building this home was to make it really simple and really beautiful,” adds Brown. See more from Raines Brothers, Inc., at



Natural light plays a key role in the home, and that’s no exception in the great room. “We oriented the house so that it would get northern light. It’s diffused and comfortable, and the higher you mount the glass, the further the light can penetrate the space,” says Barker. Thanks to two square windows that nearly reach the ceiling, natural light is the primary lighting source in the space. A built-in entertainment center and bookshelves lend ample storage, while the same bluestone used on the outside of the home and in the entryway makes up the fireplace and offers a cohesive tie.


Soapstone countertops extend up the kitchen wall, and dark cherry cabinetry makes a bold statement. An open space, the kitchen features unobstructed views to the lake out back. “The kitchen area was built with the view in mind,” says Brown. With a wall of crankable windows that catch the lake breeze and doors out to the deck, the kitchen is easily transformed into a space with an indoor-outdoor feel.

Other Suppliers:

Cabinetry: Innovative Interiors

Concrete: Chapman Concrete

Flooring: Praters Hardwood Flooring 

Lighting: The Lighting Gallery

Shower doors: SGO Designer Glass of Chattanooga

Stonework: Tim Green Masonry

Stone supplier: Chattanooga Stone Center

Windows: Window and Door Gallery


A stately dining table can accommodate up to 14, and even with its grand presence, it still retains an intimate feel. “The homeowners were concerned about a lack of intimacy at family dinners, so we floated panels above the table to adjust proportions,” Brown says. The panels, known as clouds, support three ornate chandeliers that increase the feeling of warmth in the space. Wallpapered pieces inject color and vibrancy into the formal dining room.


A playful focal point makes this bathroom distinct. With an outhouse-inspired space to conceal the toilet and a natural rock wall, the room retains a lake house feel, but with up-to-date elements. A glass-paneled walk-in shower is sleek and contemporary, as are the horizontal gray tiles that run throughout the floor and shower wall. High windows let in a constant stream of natural light.

Steely gray tones continue on the cabinetry, and walls. Bright white countertops and shiny silver hardware make the overall look pristine. “The bathroom is not about formality,” says Barker. “It’s about fun and the character of the homeowners.”


Large and rectangular, the master bedroom features ample space and bright windows. With neutral-colored walls, accessories stand out. An oversized ornate rug and an oil landscape painting add a colorful splash. With the bed facing a wall of windows, it looks out straight to the river.


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