Sneak a Peek at one Sip and Snoop House

Buy your tickets now for LHHA’s first Sip and Snoop home tour and wine tasting event.  The fundraiser is October 12, from 5:00 to 8:00.  Six incredibly different homes will be open along with a different wine to sample at each.

Here is a peek into one:



Designed by Baumann and Baumann, Knoxville’s first architectural dynasty, the newest owners are devoted to celebrating the integrity of this masterpiece.  After selling their Maryville home in 2015, the owners looked a bit further north, saw a picture, and it was love at first sight.  Some of the second and third sights were challenges during the year and a half renovation.

It was heartbreaking but necessary to demolish interiors.  It was well worth it when sight lines opened all across the back of the house from the kitchen to the sunroom.  Design details and layers of colors and materials delight the eye.  Tanya and her sister Donna worked together to reflect the owners’ taste, all the way down to the custom switch plates.

Buz enjoyed most of the challenges.  Getting it right in the design of the garage addition meant seeking the best way to fabricate and install the cast concrete garage entry that replicates the one on the original house.  Less enjoyable was installing the chimney pots.  Buz isn’t fond of heights, so his solution was to begin the work at night to avoid seeing the height.

Take your time and look for the house’s original secrets, like the functioning servant bell system and the trash chute to the basement where there was an incinerator.   To savor the house’s warmth is to understand why it has felt like home from day one.

A limited number of tickets are available for $40 each for LHHA members.  Buy yours at the September 19, LHHA meeting or e-mail Linda Haynes at to reserve your tickets.

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