This project, on a 750-acre farm an hour outside of Nashville, includes the complete renovation of the circa 1850s farmhouse, a 4,800 sq. ft. addition, and a new guest house/garage.
The original farmhouse (6,500 sq. ft.) stands at the end of a long drive. By carefully siting the addition and guest house, we preserved the understated, bucolic feeling of the approach, while doubling the home’s living space. A rear courtyard bounded by the original house and the two-story addition adds to a feeling of intimacy. The addition includes a large eat-in kitchen and screened porch, and a summer master bedroom with sleeping porch. A small guest house with a below-grade garage stands to the north.
Our client’s commitment to sustainable design informed every aspect of the project. All wood from accessory buildings was reclaimed and used as millwork for the restoration and addition. We stripped and retained all of the house’s original siding detail. The heating and AC system is geothermal and the lighting is LED. We sited the addition to maximize passive solar in the winter and placed windows to encourage cross ventilation in the summer. We worked with the landscape architect to ensure that the new trees on the property provide shade, including a copse of trees to the south of the new kitchen that creates an outdoor dining room.