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July 16, 2013
Though a modern aesthetic is not quite the norm for homes in the Volunteer State, some plucky architects and designers have built their own contemporary oases.
Modern house with ipe pool terrace and Douglas fir trellis

A dramatic trellis adds bravado and a passive cooling element to this recently renovated mid-century ranch house in Nashville, Tennessee's capital.

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Originally appeared in Abstract Trellis Cools Down Tennessee Home
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Modern duplex with glass doors and wood stairs

With neighboring duplexes supplying rental income, two Knoxville architects patiently—and affordably—craft their dream home. While researching the property, the new owners learned that there were once three houses on the lot, all nearly identical in style, size, and vintage. The two bracketing the existing house had been condemned and razed decades earlier. The couple began envisioning modernist incarnations of the long-gone structures, built on roughly the same footprints of the old ones: a single-family house for themselves to the west and another two-unit house to the east.

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Originally appeared in Spirit of the South
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For the Knoxville-based CEO of environmentally-focused marketing firm the Shelton Group, building an off-the-grid lakefront pavilion in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, wasn’t so simple. With the help of architect Brandon Pace, she built a small prefabricated cabin on a “funky piece of property” on Norris Lake, a man-made reservoir.

Originally appeared in Not So Simple Green
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The ADA compliant, handicap-accessible guesthouse at the Butterfly Gap Retreat in Maryland, Tennessee, just outside Knoxville.

At the Butterfly Gap Retreat just outside Knoxville, Tennessee, managing the design, construction, and rental of modern guesthouses is a family affair. Built as alternatives to the ubiquitous log cabin found in the state, the 900-acre destination features six rental homes, among the most recent being a 900-square-foot, handicap-accessible wood-and-glass abode.

Originally appeared in Butterfly Gap Retreat
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Modern house with ipe pool terrace and Douglas fir trellis

A dramatic trellis adds bravado and a passive cooling element to this recently renovated mid-century ranch house in Nashville, Tennessee's capital.

Photo by Anthony Matula.

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