It was the bluff view that guided the entire design. The barhaus concept consists of two bars paralleling the brow while maximizing the width of the lot to ensure a view from every angle. The two bars are separated into private and public spaces. The main house has an open-plan focused on the views; with the fireplace set in the middle of the kitchen, dining, and living rooms. The guest house consists of two suites facing the cliff’s edge and an outdoor living space for the owners and guests to enjoy the incredible sights of Chattanooga and the Tennessee River Gorge. To create maximum impact, the view is obstructed upon approach to the house and then expands out in all directions once the visitor passes through the compressed entryway.
The owners searched nationwide for a specific site to call home. They long held an image of a house as close to the cliff’s edge as possible with a vista overlooking a bend in the river with a mix of agriculture, industry, and city life culminating in an illustration of life. To make the house an extension of the cliff, the cantilevered bedroom was derived from the imagery of raising up to peer off the edge of the mountain. To bring the owners’ image to life even more, HK Architect’s concept framed these views from most rooms within the home.
The owner’s art collection guided the design of the shelving and display areas within the hallway and living room. The client also chose to float many of the interior elements, such as shelving and furniture, for more dramatic lighting opportunities.
Custom built in furniture, hand selected lighting and finishes, and unique elements make the inside of this house one of a kind.
Elder Mountain, TN