Architects: Heidi Hefferlin
Partners: Steve Finch, (Landscape Designer and Contractor and Pool Design and Construction), Set in Stone (Concrete Countertops, Sinks, Furniture), Fonda Smith (Sone Quarrier), Cruz Azcuna (Stone Mason, Stone Artist), Haskell Sears (Cabinets, Island, Dining Table), Jim Morrow (Contractor)
Photography: Sarah Dorio
We designed this family retreat on the brow of the Cumberland Plateau, near a bluff that overlooks the Sequatchie Valley. Nearby, removed from the house and shielded from sightlines, is a sacred Cherokee meditation site. The home is set close to a rock outcropping, creating both spectacular views and peaceful privacy. In this Southern dog trot plan, a covered walkway separates and connects the house and garage. On the east side of the walkway, a porch lets in the morning light. Inside, walls are covered in paint-washed local southern yellow pine, and a wall of glass draws the eye outside to the valley. Red steel frames the structure, while stone harvested from the site and hand-crafted natural elements give the impression that the house grows naturally from the bluff.