Little House Nashville: A Design, Efficiency, and Sustainability Concept

“Little House Nashville”

A Design, Efficiency and Sustainability Concept

Owner: Jane Hardy

Nashville, Tennessee        

Historic Garage and Servant’s Quarters

Built in 1920, renovated in 2009/10

Recipient of LEED Platinum Certification, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), 2011

Best Green House, February 2011 Greensource, The Magazine of Sustainable Design

Recipient of Green Star Award, Best of the Best: Residential, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Middle Tennessee Chapter, 2012

Recipient of Architectural Award for "outstanding efforts toward the preservation of Davidson County's architectural heritage," Metropolitan Historical Commission of Nashville-Davidson County, 2012


Quality Over Quantity  

It is small, but it works - and well. We took 750 sq. ft. of history and gave it a modern spin on functionality while retaining the best of its character.

Cradle to Cradle 

Reclaim, Restore, & Reuse. Most materials on this job were saved from the landfill and are now enjoying their second life.

The 50 Year Plan 

We tried to envision every possible use of this structure for many decades to come and design accordingly.  Universal Design ensures access for all occupants.


Geothermal HVAC W/Radiant Heat - We use the earth's temperature to cool in the summer and heat the concrete floor in winter.

Soy Based Spray Foam Insulation - Perfect for this situation, spray foam fills in all the cracks old homes inevitably have.

Low flow water fixtures, tankless water heating, efficient windows, and more, decrease energy consumption.


Reclaim  We deconstructed a garage, scoured salvage yards, and reclaimed our own demolition materials in order to create a highly aesthetic space with minimal environmental impact.

Restore  We didn’t tear it down! It would have been easier, but it definitely wasn’t as sustainable.  Restoring historic buildings preserves history and conserves materials.

Reuse  Siding became our ceiling. A floor is our countertop. Old screen doors open to a pantry. Thinking creatively allows for unconventional uses of conventional materials.

Architectural Designer

             Will Hendricks    


General Contractor

             Ryan Nichols  



A Lovely Oasis-Superbly Convenient

Guest: Katherine (Washington, DC Metro)

"Little House Nashville, by far, tops anything I have experienced in terms of comfort, convenience to Vanderbilt and the sights of Nashville, and the kindness and helpfulness of the hosts. It is a perfect setting to actually connect with friends and family, with its full kitchen, sitting area with a large screen TV, patios, and garden. The style and decor of this gem is welcoming, immensely attractive, creative in its use of space, and environmentally green! It's a good feeling simply to walk into this place. I had one of the most special visits I have ever had with my son. Little House is a big part of making this visit so special. I just wish I had known about this spot sooner. I wouldn't have stayed anywhere else in Nashville!"