An Architect’s Family Home in Germantown, Tennessee

2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN extA reader and architect named David wrote me about the house he designed for his family in Germantown, Tennessee: “It’s in an older neighborhood, developed in the late 70s, so we are surrounded by older homes and mature trees, which is great.” He describes the house as a mix of “modern farmhouse” with “some English cottage/arts & crafts influence.” It’s on the market, so take a look:

2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN entry

David says, “It has concrete floors which are stained & waxed dark, which was great for small kids, easy to clean & they don’t scratch like hardwood.”

2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN living rm

“We don’t have any ceiling moldings, and most of the rooms are the same color for the walls trim and ceiling. Wood planked walls, galvanized metal fixtures, and marble counters I think balance out the stark qualities of the monochromatic/modern aesthetic.”

2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN liv rm

2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN LR

2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN table

“We love all the natural light, and my wife loves all the hidden storage, like the shelving behind these curtains in main room:”

2582 Regents Walk Germantown hidden storage

2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN mbr

“My favorite feature is the separate his/her bathroom.  We share a common “wet room” with showers and tub…but have our own vanities, toilets and closets.”

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2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN kids room

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2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN pink bedroom

2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN bath 4

2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN bunk room

2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN mudroom

2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN laundry

2582 Regents Walk Germantown kitchen island

2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN kitchen 1

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“I also love the swing-out carriage-style garage doors….which I know is sort of a minor detail.  We just recently completed the addition which included the garage and master bedroom down…so perhaps that’s why I’m so excited about those two things in particular!”

2582 Regents Walk Germantown TN garages

I always like seeing houses that architects design for themselves because you can tell how much thought went into every detail. Thanks to David for sharing his with us! For more photos and details, check the listing.

house at night

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  1. snaggy says

    I like the house ….but I would have a bit more colour !

  2. Karen says

    Lovely house, loved the floors, loved the way the curtains were hung and the hidden storage. The only thing that gave me pause was that fixture over the cooktop. What a nightmare that would be to keep clean!

    • Teresa says

      LOL! My thought exactly! I’m so used to cooking under an exhaust hood – I hate to think what the ceiling looks like. Maybe they don’t cook… I also thought the eating nook seemed a little cramped between the island and the window.

    • says

      I have a similar set up (cooktop with chandelier over top). We have a downdraft exhaust fan for cooking purposes. I cook 3 meals a day in our kitchen and we’ve had no problems with smoke/food stains.

      As for my thoughts on the house, it seems to be lacking softness and reads as cold. Many times though homes get staged differently for photos than how they are actually lived in. No matter my thoughts, I’m sure the family who lives there is happy and that’s all that matters.

      Thanks for sharing.

  3. justine says

    Could you send me David’s email. I am looking to either rehab or buy a house outside of Nashville, this house is fantastic

  4. G says

    It’s a beautiful home. It has a Martha Steward starkness element that I like to look at for a little while, but don’t think I could live with everyday. It seems ashame that so much work has been put into every detail of building this dream home – why are they selling?

  5. Christina from Dallas says

    Well, I kinda like the house but, a few things I”m not sure about. I’m not sure about that room with the twin beds. It just seems too generic. Also there is that room that has four beds built into the wall. What are these for? It makes me think of a motel or a ski resort that needs lots of beds for skiers. But I do like the kitchen, Also I like the hidden storage in the main room. That is a really unique idea.

  6. Terry says

    I love this house. I love that it doesn’t have a theme (beach, tuscan villa, Spanish colonial, early American). There is room for real people and their possessions in this house. It is not trendy. It is simply lovely.

  7. says

    There are many features I like and some I don’t, as in most homes. Most of all, it feels cold to me and I don’t see any furniture that looks very comfortable. The eating area in the kitchen looks pretty tight. I’m sure that it is very comfortable to the owners…we are all individual with different tastes, I congratulate him on designing such a unique home!

  8. Neesha says

    I really like this house. I like the muted colors and the modern touches. It seems like a scandinavian house, very minimalistic. I love the floorplan. It didn’t strike me as cold, but maybe because I don’t mind the colors but I feel like different furniture and patterns would take away from the aesthetic of the house. Thanks for sharing. I really love this one.

  9. Vicki says

    This house is very nice and it has my dream master bath! I’ve wondered for years why builders make our large bathrooms and closets when I’d have preferred ours to have two smaller baths and closets – one for each of us.

    Of course, then it would just be another one to clean. Oh well!

  10. Signe says

    I absolutely LOVED everything about this house. Such thoughtful attention to detail makes my heart beat faster!! I wonder how long it took to create such a wonderful home???

  11. says

    Very cool. Perhaps too cool. It doesn’t look lived in to me – more like a showroom. And those concrete floors would wreak havoc on my poor runners/tennis knees. I do appreciate the design however! It is well done. He appears to have forgotten about the exterior environment and how it relates to his masterpiece.

  12. says

    I liked the laundry room a lot (of all rooms). I am looking for ideas on ours… I liked how the utility sink worked and the fact they left the counters off over the top. We have learned a lesson on that. We put counters over the top, and the average size of appliances increased. ARGH. Also makes install very difficult, so I like their solution.

  13. Rie says

    Wow, I love this home. Love the minimalistic nature and farmhouse touches without being too cliché.

  14. todd says

    Lol @ anyone considering a late 70s development “an older neighborhood.” I do like the windows and that cool “Sandeman” painting.

  15. Kim says

    Like others, there are things I do and don’t like about this house, but I must say, it’s much nicer than most modern homes I’ve seen.

  16. Kelly says

    I live in the same suburb of Memphis- how nice to see a different type of home here! The majority of homes in Germantown and Collierville are boring to me- because they look the same inside and out. Love this one!

  17. Alie B says

    I really like this home. I can imagine this being a calm and soothing place to come home to every day. It has lots of natural light and an airiness about it. The storage solutions are very practical and would make family living comfortable. I actually loved the built-in bunks on the upper level. How fantastic would they be for kids’ sleep-overs or for the holiday season, when loads of relatives descend on us?

  18. Julie B. says

    I agree that the home looks calm and tranquil. The cement floors sound low maintenance, but they aren’t the first type of floor that comes into mind for having young kids. Overall, cool architectural home — great kitchen, great windows, and I love the bunk bed room!

  19. says

    Amazing! Loved everything about this house – the colour palette, the windows and window treatments, the floors, the bathrooms….perfection!

  20. N.C. Lisa T. says

    Love the high ceilings, concrete floors, the bunk room and the master area.

  21. Lisa says

    Live this home. I wonder if David deliberately designed with Hugh Newell Jacobsen in mind. I love what someone called “colorless” color scheme: so calm and spirit-refreshing, given interest through texture. Deftly done. The exterior is elegant, restrained and tasteful. Can’t wait to see what he designs for his family next!

  22. says

    I absolutely love this home. If I had the money I would buy it in a heartbeat. Love the color of the window trim and the hidden storage behind the curtains. Beautiful.

  23. The Country Girl says

    Like this house very much indeed— and agree with poster above who commented on how nice it is to see a home decorated without a “theme” of Tuscan villa, French country, cottage, etc. The materials look to be of good quality and there is a consistency to the design that is wonderful. I am not sure if I could live in a muted palette like this one but this house almost makes me want to try.

  24. Sarah says

    I think the secrets to a successful marriage are separate closets and separate bathrooms. I would love to have both in our house. And when you think that most master bathrooms have double sinks, and the architect/owner and his spouse share the shower and tub, then there only is one “extra” toilet as compared to the usual master bath. I liked a lot in this house, and agree that it could be customized to almost anyone’s taste through decor.

  25. says

    Beautiful! I’m one who does like these neutral spaces…It’s calming for me. But something looked awry in the first pic of the living room….Hmmm….Oh yeah…the picture has a ‘stretched’ look to it and then I knew for sure when I looked at the piano! Yikes! As a pianist and wife to a Registered Piano Technician, I can tell ya, there’s no piano that long and skinny! Hee hee! Oh well…the house is absolutely lovely! If this was my home, I would definitely have made room for my grand piano with all that wonderful space. :-)

  26. valvacious says

    Bland, Bland, Bland… very cold and dead feeling. Needs :

    1.landscaping outside to make it have more curb appeal.
    2. More color inside to warm it up. More art on the walls.

    This house depressed me. Certainly not my taste.