Modern farmhouse

Modern farmhouse

When I drove out to Franklin to see this farmhouse, at first I couldn’t find it and pulled over to text my friend that I thought I was lost. But I circled back and discovered I was on the right track.  There she was, sitting pretty, perched on a hill behind a gate. This is not your grandma’s farmhouse.

Hello beautiful.  Isn’t she a stunner?  As the story goes, she wasn’t always this way.  She’s had some work done.

In her younger days, she was a more modest, but lovely home.

She was built in the mid 1990’s and was a replica of one of the earliest homes built in Tennessee.


But the current owner has taken her to an entirely different level, renovating  her into a modern and much larger house.   Inspiration for the project came from farmhouses in the Northeast; New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine.

Today she’s more than 64 hundred square feet with five bedrooms, four full baths, one half bath and oh my….the amenities, especially in the kitchen!!!

Yes, that faucet.  It’s made by Waterstone.  All the details in the home were personally selected by the owner.  The pendant lights in the kitchen were designed by a colleague and handcrafted for the home.

And did I mention the elegant stove made by Bertazzoni? With all the white marble and dark floors, the owner says it made sense to have a focal point that would pop with color, hence a cranberry range and hood.

Since it’s italian, it may make your pasta dishes for you!!!  Bellissimo!


Many of the light fixtures are from Restoration Hardware and Hudson Valley Lighting, with original fixtures kept in the original part of the home.  Both inside and out, the lighting is a strong feature.

Then there’s the master bathroom which is beyond posh.

The master bath mosaic was created with Calcutta gold marble from Italy, white thassos from Greece and mother of pearl that was harvested in Asia.  You really have to see it in person to appreciate the beauty. As a matter of fact, almost all of the tile throughout this home was custom made for this particular house.  The owner worked with Jason Skadsen of Tile Buys in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The tub is also exquisite and then there’s the high tech toilet. It’s a Kohler Numi high-tech toilet that goes above and beyond what your average one does,  and I’ll just leave it at that.

Let’s just put it this way.  You’ll never have to worry about someone leaving the lid up ladies.  It’s a smart toilet along with the rest of the home which is automated with remotely operated gates, HVAC, lighting and Lutron Grafik-T light switches that can turn all those lights on at once with one touch.  The lighted master closet is operable by remote control.

There’s also a Sonos sound system throughout the home and other features that are operable through an iPad control center.

Window shades can be raised and lowered by a remote control which is such a convenient feature so you don’t have to get out of your comfy bed.

The wood flooring in the new part of the home is repurposed wood from an 1890’s barn in South Dakota that was being torn down.  That, and some log beams were trucked in from near Sioux Falls.

And the front doors with interior windows that open are also so unique.  So here’s the good part. This home is for sale. My friend, Beth Molteni, is the listing agent if you’re interested in learning more about the house.

The view from the front porch is pretty amazing if you like the peace and quiet of the countryside that makes this part of Franklin so inviting.

Whether rocking on your front porch or lounging in front of five different fireplaces,  this is truly a retreat for anyone longing for the simple life with conveniences at your fingertips.

She may have changed as everything does over the years, but her foundation is rooted in the land that makes these hills of Tennessee so desirable, where we long to find peace at the end of the day.

     If you’re interested in seeing this Franklin farmhouse, contact Beth Molteni with Fridrich and Clark at 615-566-1610  or


























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