National Architecture Week always inspires us to take a closer look at what motivates our building and design team when creating Carbine & Associates homes throughout Middle Tennessee.

Traditional Home Early Influence

From English Country and French Manor to farmhouse and traditional, the award-winning Carbine team has been building homes throughout the Nashville and Williamson County areas for over thirty years.

Carbine Exteriors, columns, Carbine & Associates

Traditional homes, like this Carbine house, remain a favorite for builder James Carbine.

Carbine Exteriors

This traditional home with a classic style and pretty columns was built by Carbine & Associates.

As a second-generation builder, company president James Carbine says the traditional style is one of his favorite home styles particularly houses with pretty columns like the Carbine homes above.

“As a kid growing up in Florence, Alabama, my dad took me out to the Forks of Cypress plantation after the home had burned to the ground after being hit by lighting.  Only twenty-three brick peristyle colonnades remained and I was struck by their beauty,” Carbine said.

Forks of Cypress, Florence, AL, photo via

Forks of Cypress, Florence, AL. Source: Visit Florence

The brick colonnades of the Forks of Cypress are considered one of the earliest in America and are a plaster mix of lime, horsehair and molasses topped by cypress Ionic capitals – remains seen today on a limestone foundation.  James Carbine’s father, Gene Carbine, went on to build a Forks of Cypress reproduction for a downtown Florence bank.

Forks of Cypress remains, Florence, AL

“I remember the day he was notified he would be the builder of the reproduction of the Forks of Cypress.  The job was not a bid job but one where the builder was selected based upon his reputation. Our whole family was so proud for him and proud of him because he had worked so hard over the years. His reputation as a person and as a builder was what carried the day, ” Carbine said. 

Regions Bank, Forks of Cypress, Florence, AL

Carbine & Associates President James Carbine’s father, Gene, earned the contract to build the iconic Forks of Cypress reproduction for a Florence, Alabama bank seen here.

Future Carbine Home Projects – Southern Style

The Carbine team have recently completed a pretty Federal style home in Water Leaf with plans to launch a new neighborhood soon inspired by the Southern vernacular.

Federal style home, Water Leaf, Franklin, TN, Carbine & Associates

With a classic Federal style exterior, the Carbine built home in Water Leaf neighborhood of Williamson County is filled with fresh choices in finishes.

“The homes we are planning to unveil later in 2018 will have a fresh, modern spin on architecture.  We always want to produce something with a classic, timeless feel which only gains in value while being a great place to live and raise a family,”   Carbine said.

Inspiring Carbine Exterior And Interior Architecture

Check out the inspiring Carbine created exteriors and interiors in this National Architecture video below.  If you are interested in creating your own home or would like to tour any recent Carbine new homes, contact Beth Sturm at 615-351-0039 or visit our communities page here.