Smoky Mountains farmhouse
Alex and Susan sent us these photos of the farmhouse they renovated and now use as a vacation home and rental. The homey farmhouse is located in the Great Smoky Mountains, ten minutes outside Franklin, North Carolina.
When they bought it, the house was nicely positioned on a hillside overlooking the former Christmas tree farm. It had a wide front porch for relaxing while taking in the views of the fields below and the surrounding mountains. However the inside left a lot to be desired. The shiplap walls had been left unfinished, and the wood had turned dingy over time. Other finishes were run-of-the-mill. Functional improvements were needed as well, particularly with the undersized bathroom.
Coats of off-white paint refreshed the exterior and brightened up the interior. A new fireplace built with native stone gives a strong focal point to the living room. Alex found chestnut beams from a 150-year-old tobacco barn to install in the ceiling. While they are purely decorative, they bring a cozier scale to the 20′ ceilings. The flooring is the original hardwood.
The farmhouse has two bedrooms in its 1,000 ft2 (92.9 m2), one on the main level and the other a loft bedroom overlooking the living room. The bathroom is in the back corner behind the kitchen. After expanding the bathroom to include a large shower, Alex and Susan redid the kitchen. It now has a farmhouse sink set in the handmade custom cabinets.
When not using the farmhouse themselves, Alex and Susan make it available for rent through VRBO. Thank you for sharing, Alex and Susan!
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Photographs by/courtesy of Alex Pringle.
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