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Where the Smokies Meet the Rockies

This hybrid timber home is reminiscent of the lodges of the West, and it’s the perfect showcase for a husband’s passion for the outdoors and a wife’s penchant for glamour and grace.

Written by Donna Peak
 Roger Wade photo

Remember the song, “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock n Roll”? This Tennessee house, nestled in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, is a little bit like that. A hybrid timber home reminiscent of the lodges of the West, it’s the perfect showcase for a husband’s passion for the outdoors and a wife’s penchant for glamour and grace. It’s at once breathtaking and comfortable — and that flawless marriage starts with an exceptional floor plan.


The Low Down

Owners Marshall and Kristie Pugh approached the design of their hybrid timber home the same way they approach life — no holds barred. They melded his boyhood memories of days spent at hunting lodges with her fearless flair for bold design. Together, they blazed a trail for an original, out-of-the-box home.

Like many custom homes, the idea originated on a piece of scratch paper. Marshall sketched his dream-home ideas himself, then delivered them to an architect friend for the finishing touches.

For the timber framing, the couple turned to local provider Homestead Timber Frames and builder Kelly Herman to transform their plans into a luxurious and highly livable home.


The Inside Scoop

  • Though the plan consists of two levels, the main floor is entirely self-sufficient. It contains all the essential public spaces, the primary bedroom suite and a walk-in pantry, mudroom and study — perfect for enjoying retirement.
  • Outdoor living was a must in this design. The main floor features a deep front porch and L-shaped rear deck, while the lower level boasts a huge covered patio.
  • Each floor has a laundry room, with the main level’s washer/dryer conveniently accessed via the primary bedroom’s walk-in closet as well as the hallway. 


Home Details

Square Footage: 3,400 main level, 3,000 lower level

Bedrooms: 4 to 5

Baths: 4.5

Timber Provider: Homestead Timber Frames

Builder: Kelly Herman

  1. A small, dedicated foyer enables a grand home to unfold itself gradually as guests arrive.
  2. Though designated a “sewing room,” this bonus space easily supports any kind of hobby. With its closet and bathroom access, it also could serve as a fifth bedroom if necessary.
  3. Each bedroom is a self-contained suite, complete with a private bathroom and walk-in closet.
  4. Incorporating features like a wine room is one of the key advantages of designing a custom floor plan.


See Also: A Bold Tennessee Timber Home

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