1349 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Construction Under Way on First Custom Built Bed and Breakfast in Chattanooga! ! Opening 2017

Construction Under Way on First Custom Built Bed and Breakfast in Chattanooga! !  Opening 2017

After many years of dreaming and planning, St Francis Cottage has broken ground and almost finished with the framing stage of construction.  Projected to open in early 2017, this "built from the ground up" bed and breakfast in Chattanooga will be home to seven bedrooms, a large comfortable, inviting common area, a wrap around porch, a large covered rear porch and deck, many beautiful gardens, a small event space, a fully equipped conference room, and, of course, scrumptious, hearty breakfast fare.

St Francis Cottage Scraping land for initial foundation layout
 Clearing land for foundation layout

St Francis Cottage surveying for footer layout and excavation
 Surveying for footer layout and excavation

When relaxing in our urban cottage themed facility, located on 2.3 highly wooded acres, you might think you were out in the country, but you'll be in the middle of everything: eight quick miles from downtown Chattanooga; 2 miles from the largest mall in East Tennessee; less than an hour from great hiking climbing, rafting, kayaking; and only minutes from the many attractions and events in the heart of the city.  "Away from it all in the middle of everything."

St Francis Cottage digging footers
 Digging footers

Whether you are traveling north or south, we are located only 1.4 miles from Interstate I-75 and 3.6 miles from Interstate I-24.  if you happen to be arriving by plane, we are also less than 5 miles from the Chattanooga Regional Airport.

St Francis Cottage footers poured and foundation block delivered
  Footers poured and foundation block delivered

Our aim is to enhance the elements of a well-lived life through genuine hospitality, restful rooms, nourishing and delicious food, and engaged conversation among our visitors.  As owners, we intend to see that attention to detail and service will be dedicated to each guest.  Through our own life experiences, we believe that people live more fully when connected to the wonders of nature.  At St Francis Cottage, we embrace enthusiasm, creativity, nature and community.

St Francis Cottage foundation walls built and gravel fill
 Foundation walls complete with gravel fill

This is not your granny's Bed and Breakfast.  Since we are located in the first Gig City, all rooms in the Cottage will have high speed (1 Gb) wired internet access, as well as 100K wireless login ability.  All rooms will have HD flat screen TVs with a Blu-Ray player and Netflix access, as well as over 80 local and national TV channels. 

St Francis Cottage Materials for framing delivered
 Materials for framing delivered

St Francis Cottage first floor framed
First floor framed

The B&B will cater to a variety of clients including visitors to and participants in local sporting and cultural events; corporate travelers and organizational retreats; guests visiting relatives at home or in assisted living facilities.  St Francis Cottage will also offer an extensive garden space for small, special outdoor events.

St Francis Cottage bedroom 7 framing
Looking down on bedroom 7 framing
St Francis Cottage second floor framed
Second floor framed
St Francis Cottage Construction Roof Trusses lifted in by crane
Crane Lifting trusses into place

St Francis Cottage Construction Roof Trusses almost complete
Roof trusses in place

Project coordination and the bulk of construction are being handled by the Chattanooga office of America’s Home Place, a national builder of custom homes with financing provided by Andrew Johnson Bank, Cleveland, Tennessee.  We will provide additional support for a variety of rustic decor and technology-based additions to the structure.  The City of Chattanooga/Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency along with a wide array of local businesses have contributed to the process, including Asa Engineering, Campbell & Associates Engineering, PCM Fire Protection, Division One Security and Stone's Heating and Air, to name a few. 

St Francis Cottage Construction Roof Decking almost complete
Roof decking almost complete

The adjacent three-acre lot features a 2 bedroom, 2 bath house (St Michael's Cottage) that will be available as a vacation rental for up to 6 individuals, including families.

Please watch this site and our web site for updates and the opening of our reservation system.