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Our Home - a Mid Century Modern Design

Cindy and I spent many week ends looking at dozens of houses before we found the house that really fits our personalities. We closed in May 2011 on the anniversary of the day we first met in Cades Cove. The listing called this house mid-century modern architectural style. It's a style I hadn't seen before. The house is 1 story with a flat roof and is built on a slab. One of the 2 features that quickly caught our eye was the very large windows. In fact, most of the back side of the house (looking SW) is made up of big windows. The other unique feature is the layout of the house. From the living area, a hallway leads back to 2 rooms (our office and bedroom) on the left and a small full bath on the right. At the end of the hall is another room we are using for a guest bedroom. But then the hallway turns to the right. A half bath is on the right and the hallway leads into another room we will be using for a sitting room. The previous owner used it for the TV room. A doorway to the right of the end of the hallway leads into the small kitchen. A doorway on the other end of the kitchen leads back into the living and dining area!

The landscaping had a lot of potential, but was way overgrown and will take a few years to tame. The first priority was some minor repairs to the exterior and a total repaint of the exterior and interior of the house. The interior colors were quite different and not to our liking at all, so Cindy and I did the walls and some trim in the living area, office and master bedroom right away before we moved furniture in. I then turned my attention to the exterior which was very time consuming. I hired Harry to do the needed repairs and I used to be a painter so I repainted the entire house. I did it a section at a time so I could wash and prep before I painted. The house is also 3 colors which is added to the time.

We've had a lot of friends and family ask about how the house is coming, so I'm posting pictures of the before and during the process of making this house our home to show that I actually have been busy :)
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