Cumberland Journal

Tennessee Farmhouse (Private Residence)

Date: 2012
Location: Nashville
Architect: Meyer Davis Architects

The designer was Will Meyer, out of New York, who is originally from Nashville.

All of the exterior siding was Alaskan cedar. These were huge expanse trees that are clear, meaning no knots that came an Alaskan forest. When we got them, we had to build racks, because they’re a very light blonde in their natural state. They wanted an aged look that had been silvered in the sun so we let them sit out on the racks where we would turn them every month for four months to get consistent aging. This took up a huge field because there were thousands of linear feet of lumber. This lumber was used for the exterior of the house, the garage with huge airplane hangar style split doors and an huge barn.

The interior was done with 6” rift sawn oak planks that wire brushed then treated with a cerused finish, which is white amplification of the wood’s grain, a two-tone whitewashed type of look. The client also had a very strict tolerance for variations on the color and grain of the oak. With so much wood (64 doors and a whole lot of paneling), it obviously doesn’t all come from the same tree, so the color and grain can vary on a wide scale. To meet those tolerances, we went with the architect and hand culled all the wood, which was a big job.