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Gulledge-Engelhaupt Residence

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Homeowners: Jay Gulledge and Erika Engelhaupt
Architect: Bruce McCarty
Year: 1957
Location: Lakemoor Hills, TN

Architect Bruce McCarty designed the Kramer house for Arnold and Sarah Kramer and their 3 children. It was built in 1957 on a 1.4-acre double lot with river views, angling the structure to maximize views from the large windows. A cantilevered deck appears to “float” among the trees, lending the house a treehouse feel. The L-shaped, cypress-clad living room is positioned to block the glare of the rising sun in the morning, while two large sliding glass doors provide both wooded and river views. 

Other mid-mod architectural features include a vaulted ceiling with center beam, Philippine mahogany paneling throughout, and clerestory windows at the front and back of the house that are echoed by an interior clerestory between living and dining rooms, allowing light to pass through. McCarty maintained a visual line throughout the house at 81-inches high, echoed in ceiling heights and the transition from paneling to painted walls. There are cues to design principles of Frank Lloyd Wright, such as the connectivity to the outdoors, orientation toward the landscape instead of the street, and carport.

Jay Gulledge and Erika Engelhaupt are the second owners of the four-bedroom, three-bath home, purchasing the home in the summer of 2016. Jay is an environmental scientist and real estate investor, and Erika is a science writer and editor whose blog Gory Details appears on the National Geographic website. 

Very little has changed in the house, which the Kramer’s maintained meticulously. Carpet was removed and the underlying oak floors were refinished in the three smaller bedrooms and new carpet was installed in other areas that were carpeted in the original design. The kitchen cabinets, wall oven and range are all original to the house. Apart from wall and floor tiles replaced in the hall bathroom, the bathrooms are original.

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