|Style:||Heavily Modified Ranch|
Renovated over a two-year period
Nestled in one of Nashville’s most aspirational neighborhoods, the location and sheer practicality of this Belle Meade home made the decision easy for a young family looking to put down roots. The couple felt an immediate draw to the neighborhood; they just knew it would provide the perfect backdrop for their three sons, two dogs, and easygoing approach to entertaining. But they also felt strongly that the house itself would first require a profound transformation. Roger and his team focused on maximizing the home’s beauty, comfort, and livability. This entailed modifying the floor plan to dramatically increase ceiling heights in the center of the home while adding a porch and additional living space off the back. In each room, a judicious blend of old and new elements creates a dance of texture and pattern to contrast the soft color palette of the walls. Antiques are now juxtaposed with a growing art collection, including an original Andy Warhol. Meanwhile, artwork by their own children personalizes the space while infusing it with vibrant, youthful energy.
The Ranch Transformed
Sometimes a particular location – the street, the surrounding neighborhood, the breathtaking views – is close enough to perfection that the house itself almost becomes an afterthought. This Belle Meade charmer is a case in point. By all accounts, the late-60s ranch was rather unremarkable when its current owners first happened upon it. But what the home lacked in finesse, it more than made up for in potential.
Though the owners’ original intent had been to make a few simple renovations, they soon realized they had an opportunity to create something much more personal. And before they knew it, they found themselves happily embracing the idea of an extreme makeover.
“We pretty much ended up gutting this house and starting fresh. Only a couple of the original bathrooms remain.”
Just beyond the entry hall, the height of the living room has more than doubled, with extensive custom wax-finished white oak drawing the eye ever upward. The transformation is dramatic, creating a grand entrance that instantly sets the tone for all that follows. “Yes, I believe in millwork,” laughs Roger.
Moving inward, the expansive family room now boasts a barrel-vaulted ceiling. Its sweeping lines create a pleasing contrast, connecting to a pair of screened porches overlooking an elegant pool and patio. The large back yard affords plenty of room for kids, dogs, and gatherings of nearly any size.
Inside and out, no detail is ever too small to escape Roger’s attention. From handcrafted copper gutters and downspouts to the matching copper porch screens, all elements resonate together to evoke an easygoing sense of peace, joy, and harmony.
And at the end of the day, isn’t that what family is all about?