Site size: 6.89 acres

Project size: 3,685 square feet

Program: A house that fits seamlessly into its natural surroundings.

Location: A farm in rural western Tennessee.

Solution: By placing the structure close to the road to reduce erosion, the architects minimized environmental impact to the farmland in the vicinity.

Construction and materials: Applied Research's team of architects constructed the house out of heavy timber: Sawn and glu-laminated members compose the basic structure. Poured-in-placed concrete, steel fencing, and timber screens mark boundaries on the farmland. Wood floors and cabinets are used throughout, while in some rooms the flooring is marbled cork. Acting as a rainscreen, the exterior cladding of stained cypress boards over steel frames hangs from barn door tracks. The roof assembly contains a metal standing seam, ventilated roof over SIP panels and glu-lam rafters. Designed as a passive house, a high level of energy efficiency is gained by a highly insulated and well-sealed envelope, solar panels, and geothermal heating.



Dennis and Martha O'Dell


Applied Research
101 Gill Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
[t] 865.300.1581
[f] 865.381.1353

NOTE: Applied Research is a joint venture between:
curb (Ted Shelton, FAIA and Tricia Stuth, AIA)
time[scape] lab (Brian Ambroziak and Katherine Bambrick Ambroziak, AIA]

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Principals-in-Charge / Project Designers:
Ted Shelton, FAIA (registered Architect)
Tricia Stuth, AIA (registered Architect)
Brian Ambroziak
Katherine Bambrick Ambroziak, AIA (registered Architect)

Project team:
Brad Raines, AIA (registered Architect) and Daniel Jones, Assoc. AIA



Mallia Engineering (structural)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Mary French-Ewers, PE



Sesco Lighting
John Palk

Schematic Landscape Design
Greg Bleam Landscape Architect plc
Charlottesville, VA

Cabinetwork & Millwork:
HY Construction
Millington, TN 38053


General contractor:

Meadowbrook Construction
Memphis, Tennessee
Ken Dixon



Jeffrey Jacobs
Jeffrey Jacobs Photography Inc.
1891 Lyndale Ave. Memphis, TN 38107
T: 901.274.7632



Structural system

Concrete, Steel frames, Glass

Interior Heavy Timber Constr: Douglas Fir glulam beams and rafters, solid sawn Douglas Fir columns.
Exterior Heavy Timber Constr: Cedar glulam beams and rafters, solid sawn cedar columns.
(Heavy timber connections - tenon and peg joinery with no exposed fasteners)

Architectural Concrete (exposed) ' site walls, exterior and interior (board formed)

Floor framing - LVL's and TJI's
Wall sheathing: Zip System by Huber combination wall sheathing and water-resistive barrier sealed with Zip System tape
Roof Panels -Thermocore Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) - OSB faces and XPS core

North colonnade / screen:
columns: 4x4 cedar on Simpson Strong-Tie CPS4 stand-off post bases with flat black powder-coated finish
beams: 3 '' X 9' cedar glulams
rafters: 3 '' x 7 '' cedar glulams

Decks / pool covers/exterior benches: Cedar solid wood decking

Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project:
Simpson Strong-Tie
Tiger Claw TC-4S stainless steel hidden deck fasteners

Exterior cladding

See zip sheathing above; cypress timber rain screen siding

Cypress timber rain screen siding (main house)
Cedar T&G siding (garage)

EIFS, ACM, or other:
Cement Board Ceiling Panels (exterior terrace)

Moisture barrier:
Below grade masonry walls - TREMproof 201/60 by Tremco, Procor by Grace Construction Products, used with Grace Hydroduct drainage mat.
Wall sheathing: Zip System by Huber combination wall sheathing and water-resistive barrier sealed with Zip System tape


Semco SemCoat Plus 'Silver Dollar' standing seam metal roofing with a Kynar 500 finish, 16' pans

Sharkskin Ultra Products (membrane) Roof Underlayment


Wood frame:
Loewen Windows and Doors (metal clad except at main Entry where wood is exposed)


Wood doors:
Loewen Windows and Doors (metal clad except at main Entry where wood is exposed)

Sliding doors:
custom cypress wood shutters o/steel frame

Interior finishes

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
Custom Cabinetry by HY Construction, Millington, TN

Paints and stains:
Benjamin Moore Eco Spec interior paints

Floor and wall tile:
Tile type 1: Mirage Glass Tile, 'Eclipse' C06-1 Chrystile Series, 3x6 glass tile - kitchen

Tile type 2: Mirage Glass Tile, 'Morning Mist' C11-2 Chrystile Series, 1x3 glass tile ' master bath, to be used as the primary wall tile

Tile type 3: Mirage Glass Tile, 'Eclipse' C06-2 Chrystile Series, 1x3 glass tile ' master bath, to be used in the shower and on build-out under sinks

NOTE: 'Morning Mist' as an accent tile within the master bath shower. Architect to provide pattern.

Tile type 4: Daltile 'Arctic White' 0190 semi-gloss ' master and guest bath

Tile type 5: Daltile 'Arctic White' 0790 matte porcelain 6x6 nominal field tile ' master and guest bath

Tile type 6: Daltile 'Arctic White' D617 matte porcelain 1x1 nominal field tile ' master bath shower and guest bath shower

Special interior finishes unique to this project:
Cork Flooring - US Floors, narrow plank 'Corte'
Wood Flooring - 4 Inch White Oak #1 Common T&G
Window Coverings ' The Shade Store
Countertops and bathroom sills / shelves in showers: Silestone by Cosentino
Glass Block: Pittsburgh Corning Premiere Series Glass Block, Decora Pattern

Kitchen Appliances: Bosch (Cooktop, Wall oven, Dishwasher); GE (refrigerator); Broan (Range Hood)
Kitchen Sink: Kohler
Washer / Dryer: LG Electronics


Fabric for cushions on built-in seating: Holly Hunt Great Plains Collection


Hubbardton Forge


Task lighting:
MP Lighting (LEDs)
Illuminating Experiences
Elk Lighting

BK Lighting
Hubbardton Forge


Toilet: (guest bath) Toto Eco Supreme One Piece Toilet, 1.28 GPF (master bath) Toto Aquia III Dual Flush Toilet
Kitchen Faucets: Moen
Showerheads / handshowers/controls: American Standard


Photovoltaic system:
Geothermal Heating / Cooling System and Heat Pump
Rainwater Cisterns / Storage System: Conservation Technology
Tankless Hot Water Heater: Bosch PowerStar AE125

Other unique products that contribute to sustainability:

Ceiling fans (interior and exterior) - Modern Fan Company
Sliding Exterior Shutters: Henderson Hardware (by Pemko)
Exterior Stain: Sikkens
Patina Finish on Steel canopies and railings: Sculpt Nouveau