BELLE MEADE COURTS
Our client, originally a farmer from Missouri, wanted to transform his Belle Meade Courts ranch style home with 1950’s finishes into a contemporary farmhouse with timeless accents.
This home renovation included adding 1,700 square feet with an addition to the rear and adding upstairs living spaces.
Sticking to the modern farmhouse look that our client desired, we combined reclaimed lumber and modern tile and fixtures to provide a thoughtful contrast. Some personal and custom elements included putting in flooring that was milled out of lumber from the owner’s farm. The milling technique we used allowed for the original saw marks to show through the new finish. We also used the reclaimed lumber for the stairs and installed beaded board wainscoting up the stairwell with wrought iron railing.
The renovation included converting the existing garage into a first-floor guestroom and bathroom that sits adjacent to the screened in porch, which acts a breezeway and makes this the perfect retreat for guests. The need for storage was a top priority for our client. We used all of the nooks and crannies of the eaves for small hidden storage areas. In one of the bedrooms, we even created a hidden storage area with roll out shelves.
Creating a low-maintenance and comfortable outdoor living space was important to our client. The screened porch was enlarged to create a comfortable space for entertaining and watching TV. For the flooring, we used slate tile, which allows for easy cleaning. To provide privacy from the neighbors, we built a wall with shiplap and used hurricane shutters that also allowed for air flow. Adding a fireplace to the porch makes it the perfect space to enjoy even during the winter months. To maintain a classic farmhouse look on the exterior, we used cedar shake for the roof and copper gutters.