Interior and product designer Jamie Beckwith was up for quite a challenge when she decided to add a 5,600 square foot pool and guest house to her existing Franklin, Tennessee home that blended seamlessly with her existing main residence. The challenge was less about size and more about making the Gothic inspired facade look like it had always been there. Of course there was also her desire for the interiors to perfectly blend with the rest of the house, compliment the style of the architecture and at the same time have a clean and contemporary feel. No easy task.
Every detail was considered to assure that the interior and exterior of the addition had a perfect symmetry. Vaulted ceilings and arched windows incorporated the Gothic architectural inspiration of the home while book-matched marble walls, a Kyle Bunting hide rug and contemporary furnishings give the interior a chic, comfortable space for guests to relax and enjoy their stay.
The addition consists of one bedroom, three bathrooms, two kitchens, two living spaces, a dining room, sitting room, steam room and one over-the-top wine cellar complete with tasting room. As avid wine enthusiasts, the wine cellar was built to hold an expansive collection. The arched design at the cellar’s entry is a nod to the home’s period style, while the rest of the cellar remains a contemporary design innovation. Clear acrylic shelves are lit with LEDs, giving the entire room a bluish purple glow—while the glass ceiling allows visitors to look into the living space above.
Bathrooms for both the men and women are located on the ground floor for convenience to and from the pool, fully equipped with two vanities, showers, changing rooms and linen storage with a soaking tub from Beckwith’s own collection in the women’s bath. Upstairs is a full guest apartment with an additional kitchen separate from the main entertaining space.
Beckwith’s main objective for the pool house was to have a space for large parties and entertaining, as well as be comfortable for a family of five. Given the space is first and foremost a pool house, Beckwith used durable and sensible materials throughout the ground floor knowing that water and the outdoors would be tracked through the interior. Sunbrella outdoor fabrics cover the upholstery while the floors are coated in a slip resistant epoxy.
It is easily said that when guests visit Beckwith’s home, they are not eager to leave anytime soon.