The Making of Deeradise

blogging our home building process

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Basement Update

We finished the basement at Deeradise so we thought we'd upload a few pics.  We definitely kept it rustic and fun. :)  We found some super cool light fixtures which really makes the basement cool and unique!  We did have to leave some additional railing up on the stairs instead of leaving them open so we passed inspection so it looks a bit like a corral coming down the stairs but it's kind of grown on us.  The cool entry light was found at Restoration Hardware.  We have a cool hidden door for under the stairs storage, too.

The bedroom in the basement is all in cedar so it smells really good!  Thanks to Mama Jo Ferguson for the awesome hand made Log Cabin quilt to go on the bed!

We did add a small basement bar with sink, microwave, and fridge for our guests.  The cabinets were custom made by our friend Darwin Ledford who does amazing work!  The rope pendant lights we found at Pottery Barn!  The fish above the sink is carved from cedar and we picked that up at the Craftsman's fair in Gatlinburg.

No basement is complete without a theatre room!  And, of course, we just had to have a large BEAR to make ours unique!  It's sports themed with a mix of Tennessee Vols, Kstate Wildcats and Oklahoma Sooners.  The Tennessee coal mining cart was locally made for us just outside of Tellico Plains.

And, lastly, you have to have some fun and games so the main room features our Jack Daniels pub table for some card games, an arcade for our 80's video game fixes and a sleeper sofa so we can fit even more guests into Deeradise because we know how much ya'll want to come visit and stay with us!

Finally, a quick look at the basement bath accommodations.

We also added a firepit out back for late night smores and a hot tub for those cold nights and achy backs. :) lol  We have lots of woodland critters to enjoy as well!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Finally...Welcome to Deeradise!!

Well, we are moved in!  There are still some odds and ends to be finished up but we spent the first night at Deeradise New Year's Eve.  Nothing like ringing in (er..sleeping in) the New Year in our new cabin!!  Jason's family came all the way up from Florida to help us make the big move and we are very appreciative of their help!  Thanks Dad, Tammy, Jimmy, Andie and Cayden!  We've had our first guests at Deeradise and they were quite impressed.  As Tammy said, it takes a while to soak all the details in!  The pictures just don't say everything, so now that Deeradise is open, you'll just have to come see for yourself!

A big THANK YOU to Ron for spending almost a whole year in TN away from his wife, Lori.  You worked 7 days a week 14-16 hour days for 10 months.  You truly sacrificed on this one.  Thank you!!  Deeradise would have been impossible without you and we are so grateful for you and your many talents!!  We love you man and you guys are welcome at Deeradise any time!

It's hard to tell, but there is a gutter!  We were afraid the guttering would take away from the look of the house, but the guys from Holt guttering did a fantastic job!

Already bought the firewood rack and have started stacking!

This awesome Barn Light sconce came from Barn Light Electric and looks great flanking the front door!
Jason hung this light and I'm glad to say I wasn't there to witness how he did it.  Something about ladders, scaffolding and another ladder.... Oh and he was doing this at 10:30 at night, too...  Time didn't matter when we needed to get things done.
This is the matching Barn Light pendant for the sconces, also from Barn Light Electric.

living room
We used oak hardwood flooring for the main level.


These awesome mason jar pendant lights came from a wonderful woman in Maine who owns LampGoods.  She also made our mason jar sconces you will see later.
This fabulous galvanized bucket light we used for the dining room came from Light Hunting.

The little bar area.

All the cabinets are Hickory and we went with metal on the back of the island to compliment the  LG stainless steel appliances.

The beautiful granite countertops have a chiseled edge which is hard to see in the picture (and hard to find anyone who does it).  The guys from Rocky Top Countertops out of Chattanooga did a great job!

The monstrous kitchen faucet is a commercial faucet from Krauss which we found on Overstock for a great deal.

Convection oven!

Laundry/Pantry room


The 1/2 bath or as we like to refer to it, the Outhouse.  Thanks Dad (Farmer Ferg) for the great 1//4 moon!

This is one of the nicest outhouses you'll ever be in....c'mon inside!

The Outhouse bath with our custom made Jack Daniels whiskey barrel sink!  We ordered a Jack Daniels mirror but it's on backorder from the manufacturer until March so until then we get to look at that pretty white exhuast   vent!

Love these mason jar lights we found for the Outhouse!  Kristen and her partner at The Blue Cabinet did a great job!

The nicest Outhouse toilet you'll ever use!  It even has toilet paper!!

Master Bedroom...aka 'the barn'
Master bedroom ceiling fan
The master bedroom closet doors.
Jason's closet.  He got the cool barn slider doors but the smaller closet.

Cristi's walk-in closet.  We had a little problem with the carpet so the closet floor was still unfinished when we moved in.  The great gals (Jada, Donna and Jenn) at Lowe's hooked us up with two 5'x7' floor rugs and also got us hardwood flooring for the closet to makeup for the mishap!
Master Bath
Slate tile floor
The over-sized soaker tub!

Ron put in steps to the tub - if you look closely that is what is under the piece of paper.  They were just installed so the note said not to step on it yet. Ron built and installed the steps, Jason wrote the note, team work baby. :)

The toilet room and shower.

The master shower with two shower heads and two jets! 
Bench seat in the master shower

This side of the shower has the rain shower head and also the two jets out of the middle.

The master toilet room!  We also used a bucket light in here to really capture the barn feel.  The door hides the shelves for storage of toilet paper and what not.

Linen closet in Master Bath.

Hickory cabinets

We used a large slab of white oak from Everhart Lumber for the countertop and it turned out beautifully!
We went with copper sinks for the master.

The mirror was custom made by Ron and we used the same fabulous mason jar lights as the outhouse.  We so appreciate The Blue Cabinet making these!

The Lucky 7 foyer chandelier made by J.D. Clark.
Beautiful hemlock stairs and log handrail.  (The white caps are where we blanked off the sconce lights while moving - didn't want any lights breaking!  These will be mason jar sconces.)

Lucky 7
5 jar mason jar pendant from Pottery Barn

The awesome bucket light came from Lighting Universe

the Loft

The loft looking towards the office and spare bedroom.

For the loft we went with a darker hardwood flooring.  This is a maple hardwood in Mocha.

The cool mason jar sconce lights from LampGoods.

Upstairs spare bath done in a western theme with a very cool rock sink!

We did the cross hatches to add to the western feel in the spare bathroom.


closet in the office

We used a mason jar pendant light for the desk light.  This is from LampGoods.

spare bedroom

cedar log on spare bedroom ceiling
spare bedroom
It is amazing that this was all done by looking at some pictures and tweaking them.  No blueprints were used - just ideas which made it fun for me and rough for Ron.  He had to calculate, recalculate and then calculate again whenever we made changes.  I think at least 10 notepads and countless trees were killed in the making of this house between us.
We would like to thank everyone who helped make this happen, and a special thanks to:

Kevin, Danny and my buddy Chris at Everhart Lumber 

Dave Jr at Appalachian Log Homes 

Our Parents

Thanks to everyone who has read our blog!  We greatly appreciate your support and comments!!  

If you are interested in having your own cabin/home built, need consulting of any kind (design/construction, etc.) or need electrical work done, please contact Jason ( He and Ron are licensed professionals and have a combined 50+ years of building fabulous, quality cabins/homes. They would love to help build your dream!

2- 14' x 20" Poplar slabs which Mahlon Peters is making into a dining table and benches for us.
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