In the universe of possibility, a couple with a vision and a team of experts can artfully design a new home to resemble a mid-19th-Century Greek Revival home. Elemental characteristics of Greek Revival architecture largely resemble those of  antebellum architecture — the main similarities are the columns and pediments, porches and grand entryways. The styles differ in that Greek Revivals are celebrated for their ornamental molding and proportions. In the case of the Jellison’s Leiper’s Fork home, it took research and an informed approach to apply these characteristics to a new build. “I put particular importance on proportions with every project, but re-learning the proportions of Greek Revival houses — and applying those to this house — took considerable effort,” architect Kevin Coffey of C Kevin Coffey Dwellings | Design tells us.

Coffey worked with Castle Homes to build a home for Tom and Sue Jellison. After a business trip to Nashville, the pair fell in love with the area, which led them to look for land. The first piece of land they visited was everything they could have asked for: 40 acres on the Harpeth River in Leiper’s Fork. On this land, their Greek Revival 12,000-square-foot home now stands.

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes; hardscape and landscape design Page|Duke

This 12,000-square-foot Greek Revival-style home sits on 40 acres in Leiper’s Fork and is home to Tom and Sue Jellison.

After purchasing the land, the Jellisons approached Alan Looney and Castle Homes about the project. Tom said, “Build me the biggest columns you can build.” And that, Alan did. It took research for both Alan and his team as well as Kevin Coffey to master the Greek Revival style. “We do work with Castle a lot. This project differed a bit because we really hadn’t tackled this style of home in the past as a team. I know they really had to do their homework on Greek Revival interiors to make the whole thing work in a unified manner — and I think they really pulled it off,” Kevin tells us. “One irony is that we were also doing a house that included some of our most ‘modern/contemporary’ design at the same time as this one. They both required a lot of study, research and work!”

While Kevin led the architectural design of the home, Castle was responsible for interior details, built-ins and design, and Gavin Duke of Page|Duke Landscape Architects was the landscape architect. Alan thinks the end result is nothing short of amazing, and we can’t help but agree. And fortunately, so do the Jellisons.

Let’s take a look!

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes

“I love a lot of things about the Jellison’s house, but I think the entry sequence is pretty spectacular. The two-story front porch, through the front doors into the two-story entrance hall with the sweeping stair and balconies, and the axial view straight through the main living room, through the rear porch over the pool, and ending in the barn, which is angled to give it a picturesque feel and give some relief from the symmetry of everything else — this is where the architecture, interior design and landscape architecture are all evident at one time,” architect Kevin Coffey says.

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The main living room sits adjacent to a bar (the bar stools on the right are peering into the bar) and looks out onto the pool.

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The Jellisons love to entertain, making the bar a great (and well-used) addition to their home.

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes

Although the floor plan was designed for modern living, it still has traditional elements, such as the parlor and formal dining room, which leads to the kitchen and butler’s panty.

“Sue and I had been in Marco Island, Florida, for 40 years, and we lost the feeling it once gave us. When we came to Nashville, Sue fell in love with Franklin, and I wanted to build a plantation home,” Tom shares. “I had previously built a cabin in Michigan and now, I wanted to build a plantation home. Sue and I have built many places together, and we enjoy it.” Although they don’t visit the Leiper’s Fork home as often as they’d like (Tom is a self-certified workaholic), they have a hard time leaving when they do come. “We know what we like, and everything was done just like we wanted,” Tom says. For the couple, the absentee build was challenging as they are hands-on people. Now that the project is complete, they cannot pick a favorite part of the home. “Every spot is a good spot,” Tom says. “We are in every room. There are not a ton of rooms, but the rooms are huge.”

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Castle Homes was thoughtful in designing trim and molding so it falls in line with 19th-century design.

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes

More masculine in design, this downstairs room serves as a gathering place. Castle Homes was intentional in every detail, including the piece of art showcasing a Southern revival home that hangs above the mantel. The painting and the Jellison’s home share many similarities.

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The stunning built-in bookcase is the handiwork of the Castle Homes team!

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes

In the home’s media room, the walls are padded. Not only does this create a sound barrier between the room and the rest of the house, but it also showcases Castle Homes’ knack for unique design elements.

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“Sue did an outstanding job in arranging the rooms,” Tom tells us. Castle Homes’ interior design team supplemented furniture to go with what the couple already had. “The best projects are collaborative efforts,” Alan says of working with the couple.

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“Every room has a conversation piece — a piece of art or a memory,” Tom tells us. In the study, you will find a framed map of Tennessee as well as Tom’s bottle top collection. The study sits upstairs.

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This pocket door is a fun touch to the home. Alan was hesitant to reveal the secret of what sits behind the door but finally spilled the beans: it’s a coat closet.

“We did research on the interiors of Greek Revival homes for an authentic look, but we also incorporated a modern-day floor plan, amenities and technology,” Alan tells us. Downstairs sits a modern-day kitchen fit for living and entertaining. The double islands are as stylish as they are functional. Thanks to their depth, they are an important anchor to the large space. Upstairs, the master bathroom mimics the chic white design in the kitchen, with a touch of the traditional. Alan and his team of interior designers were able to expertly blend modern and traditional design.

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes

The double islands anchor the space and make it ideal for living and entertaining.

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes

The tall ceilings allow for oversized, energy-efficient windows, allowing the space to be flooded with natural light.

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes

The little things are some of the many reasons this Castle Homes design is so unique.

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This kitchen was made for cooking!

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes

The master bathroom offers a retreat for the couple to relax. Everything from the use of marble to the large windows makes this a stunning space.

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The marble bathroom leads to an oversized walk-in closet.

Gavin Duke, of Page|Duke Landscape Architects, was able to incorporate the architectural style of the home into his landscape design. “We picked up on axial relationships the architecture was presenting inside and carried the sight lines out into the landscape. The use of evergreen deer-proof plant material is very much a part of the plantation design. We made sure we didn’t plant something the wildlife would devour.” He brought a palette of boxwood, magnolias, oaks and specific hydrangeas to the space. We find the most stunning part of the design to be the main entry drive. “We thought it was important not to reveal the whole house at once,” Gavin shares. “We curved the main entry drive with an alley of trees and then opened up the presentation with a symmetric arrival court and  — bam! — a cannon.” Through his design, Gavin allowed the arrival court to set up a dramatic view of the architecture.

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes

“We thought it was important not to reveal the whole house at once,” landscape architect Gavin Duke shares. “We curved the main entry drive with an alley of trees and then opened up the presentation with a symmetric arrival court and  — bam! — a cannon.”

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes

“We were discussing the need for something dynamite at the front of the house. Sue suggested a cannon — that was a hell of an idea,” Tom says. Steen Cannons, out of Ashland, Kentucky, made the Jellison’s dream a reality by building them a Civil War replica that actually shoots cannons. “Boy it is loud,” Tom says. “They did a heck of a nice job.”

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes

The porches overlook both the pool and the entry drive.

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes

The barn sits just steps from the house and looks picturesque against the backdrop of the lush landscape of Leiper’s Fork.

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Originally built as an equine barn, Tom is not filling it with horses anytime soon. Instead, he thinks, “We could throw a great party out there!”

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Tom wanted this part of the barn to be an equipment and working space. “I can’t sit down,” he tells us. “I always need a project or something to tinker with, so this home is perfect for me.”

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Columns not only frame the front of the house, but also define the architecture of the back of the home.

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“We have had a great collaboration with Castle Homes on a spectrum of styles: from the modern to traditional to something to resemble the Neoclassical style. They are very craft-oriented and budget-conscious; these gentleman (gentlewoman) farms have become very popular all over Middle Tennessee, which is an indication that some are wanting to get back to nature and connect with the land,” Gavin tells us.

This stunning home is a must-see! Image: Reed Brown Photography; architect Kevin Coffey of Dwellings/Design, builder & design team: Castle Homes; hardscape and landscape design Page|Duke

Reed Brown Photography took all of today’s photos … gorgeous!

“The people at Castle Homes are outstanding to do business with,” Tom says. “We thoroughly enjoyed every person we worked with. Sue and I have fun doing projects together, and we won’t look anywhere other than Castle if we decide to do another home. They are a company that stands behind what they do … This has been a great move for us and we are happy to be here. When people say that Nashville is the nicest city, they are right! We are enjoying every aspect of our home and the area.”

RESOURCES

Home builders: Castle Homes
Architect: Kevin Coffey of C Kevin Coffey Dwellings | Design
Landscape architect: Gavin Duke of Page|Duke Landscape Architects
Interior design: Castle Homes
Cannon: Steen Cannons
Photography: Reed Brown Photography

Thank you to Tom and Sue Jellison, Alan Looney, Kevin Coffey and Gavin Duke for sharing details about the home with us! 

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