Crafted With Care

By Katie Faulkner | Photography by Philip Slowiak

 

Stacie and Greg Hadlock fell in love with Chattanooga while their daughter, Brittany, was in college here. Every time they visited from Oklahoma, they enjoyed themselves immensely. Eventually, it became apparent that Brittany was going to settle down in Chattanooga, and that was the final incentive they needed to make a home here as well. “We loved the area so much, and we wanted to be close to Brittany and her family, so in 2014 we found the perfect lot and began planning our permanent home,” Greg shares.

The plan was, and is, to grow old in this home and enjoy retirement and grandchildren. So, the Hadlocks partnered with Jack Branson of J.C. Construction, LLC to make sure this house had everything to accommodate that enjoyable lifestyle. Laid out with everything they need on one story, it’s a perfect home to entertain in and perfect to age in with ease.

For the stunning, elegant rustic exteriors, the Hadlocks chose a natural Tennessee limestone to pair with a standing seam metal roof and stained wood accents. “Everything we chose not only fit with the style we liked, which I call ‘elegant rustic,’ but also is very low maintenance with long lifespans,” Stacie explains. Greg continues, “The idea is to live here forever, so low maintenance was very appealing.”

Stepping inside the sprawling lodge, the sophisticated use of rare and reclaimed woods is executed to perfection. The vaulted ceiling, which spans the dining and living rooms, is made of heart pine planks, and the floors are made of oak. “The heart pine is straight and looks great on the ceiling, and the oak was chosen for its durability,” Greg shares. Other wooden details in the home are made from reclaimed hemlock. Its age and well-worn elegance add depth to the space.

The living room is a cozy respite that offers incredible views to the property beyond. The vaulted ceiling was Stacie’s vision – a height that allows a row of full clerestory windows overhead. Greg jokes that the new ceiling has made his Christmas decorating gig a little more challenging. “I used to always find a tree that would just barely squeeze into the living room, with the top brushing the ceiling. I don’t know where I’m going to find one like that now!”

The dining area is tucked between the open living room and the kitchen entrance. The heavy, trestle-legged table was custom built by the builder from reclaimed hemlock. “I always wanted a table that would fit everyone in one place,” Stacie shares. The result is a beautiful family heirloom piece worthy of its prominent display in the room. The table can easily seat 14, which meets Stacie’s requirement.

The kitchen is through a large cased opening behind the dining room. Often referred to as the heart of the home, that is especially true for the Hadlocks, who both love to cook. “We designed this kitchen to be large enough that if multiple people were working on a meal together, they wouldn’t have to be in each other’s way,” Greg explains. The spacious island provides tons of work surfaces while also adding more seating. “We end up gathering in the kitchen all the time, and I love that, even when Brittany and her family are over, we can work and hang out in here,” Stacie says.

Quartz countertops keep the room light and airy, while a custom-built hemlock hood makes a striking centerpiece behind the island. The island itself is also crafted from hemlock. From the windows behind the sink, the luxurious outdoor living space is visible. Just underneath those windows, on the outside wall, is a countertop perfect for serving food, which was built from a fallen red oak directly from the property.

 

“We end up gathering in the kitchen all the time, and I love that, even when Brittany and her family are over, we can work and hang out in here.”

– Stacie Hadlock

Walking through to the master bedroom, this room features a slightly shorter vaulted ceiling, also planked in heart pine. The same Tennessee limestone that was used on the exterior of the home was also used here to build a large fireplace. “Stacie really wanted this room to be cozy, so we had the fireplace added and went with the blue colors. It’s very peaceful,” Greg explains. Meanwhile, one of his favorite features is the popped out sitting nook with windows on all sides. A comfortable place to relax and read, this little nook was planked and then paneled in reclaimed hemlock wood. The paneling goes across all sides and up to the ceiling of the nook, making it a very unique retreat.

While the custom woodwork and velvet bedding amplify the elegance and luxury of this room, the Hadlocks wanted to be sure and keep it simplistic and minimalistic in furnishings. “We didn’t want any distractions or clutter taking up space. We very intentionally bought just small nightstands and that was it!” Greg says.

“We really wanted this room to feel like a rustic spa.”

– Stacie Hadlock

 

 

Walking through to the adjoining master bathroom, the theme of relaxation and restfulness continues. Blue shiplap turned down evokes subtle water imagery. The Tennessee limestone makes a beautiful focal wall, where the clawfoot bathtub is centered. A long custom vanity provides plenty of storage space and dual sinks. A separate vanity on the opposite wall serves as Stacie’s dressing table. The herringbone tile floor has mixed shades of gray with just a hint of blue, which ties the whole room together. The same tile was used for the spacious walk-in shower and accented with a river pebble floor. “We really wanted this room to feel like a rustic spa,” Stacie says.

Greg and Stacie Hadlock

The back outdoor area is one of the Hadlocks’ favorite spaces. They designed their outdoor living area to be well-equipped for entertaining and relaxing. Both Stacie and Greg say they have loved using it all throughout the nice weather during the past year and can’t wait to host even more get-togethers. “We’re both very involved with our youth group at church, and we’ve had pool parties for them here. We’ve had Brittany and her family over to swim and watch games on the television. It was just a happy ‘accident’ that the outdoor television happens to have the best sound system of anything in the whole house!” Greg laughs.

A stunning swimming pool and patio were designed to define separate gathering areas and capture the property’s views. A pavilion off the covered porch houses an outdoor kitchen for cooking, grilling, and beverage service – not to mention the additional seating. A hot tub pours a serene waterfall over its spill edge into the swimming pool. The entire area is meant to create a comfortable, fun, and relaxing space for Greg, Stacie, and their family and friends.

With thoughtful design and luxurious features, this custom-built home is the culmination of Greg and Stacie’s vision for their future. Their relocation effort has resulted in more time with family, friends, and community involvement, and a perfect place to call home. CS

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