Boetger Residence

Designed and owned by BarberMcMurry’s Chad Boetger, this three-year passion project residence is located in the Holston Hills area of Knoxville. Completed in 2016, the 2,789 square-foot house introduces a modern element into the 90-year-old neighborhood with a design that emphasizes expansive views and embraces natural light. The living and sleeping spaces in the home have floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the Holston River. The minimalist color palette emphasizes, rather than competes with, those views.

The residence is thoughtfully designed for maximum energy efficiency. The house’s orientation allows the winter sun to passively heat the house during the winter while overhangs provide shade during the summer months. Innovative framing and a continuous insulation wrap, as well as energy-efficient LED lighting and an HVAC system, translate into electrical consumption that is half that of a standard home of similar size.

"... A two-story modernist gem on the Holston River. The exterior is a statement in steel, glass, and cypress. Inside, the home features expansive views from each of the living and guest spaces ... and a complete orientation to the riverfront terrain."

— Knox Mercury

Completion Date: 2016

Type: New Construction

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Building Area: 2,789 square feet

Services: Architecture, Interior Design

Use: Residential


  • 2019 AIA East Tennessee Merit Award
  • 2019 AIA East Tennessee People's Choice Award
  • 2018 AIA East Tennessee Chapter Choice Award
  • 2017 Dwell Online Featured Home
  • 2017 "Five of the Best Houses in Tennessee" Dezeen Magazine
  • 2017 Featured on ARCHITECT online
  • 2017 Featured on Contemporist
  • 2017 Cover Story in Abode | Knoxville Mercury

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