Smoky Mountains farmhouse

This recently renovated farmhouse in the Great Smoky Mountains has two bedrooms in 1,000 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

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.

This recently renovated farmhouse in the Great Smoky Mountains has two bedrooms in 1,000 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

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.

This recently renovated farmhouse in the Great Smoky Mountains has two bedrooms in 1,000 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

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.

This recently renovated farmhouse in the Great Smoky Mountains has two bedrooms in 1,000 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

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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