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.
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.