St. Jude Dream Home is Almost Complete

The finishing touches are going into the Drayton Hall in Chatanooga, TN

Tickets are still available at

The Drayton Hall is being built outside of Chattanooga, TN as the 2014 St. Jude Dream Home. G. T. Issa Construction has been building custom homes in the area for over 20 years, and is now adding the final details to this fabulous home.

Come take the tour!

  • May 17-June 15: Open House every weekend, Saturdays & Sundays from noon-5pm
  • June 16-June 21: Last Week Open House, Monday-Saturday from 9am-9pm
The St. Jude Dream Home is on lot #25 in the Canyons at Falling Water Subdivision, located on the Northside of Chattanooga, TN in Hixson.
  • See the floor plan and details on our website, Here.

The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway was created in 1991 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and has become one of the largest single-event fundraisers for St. Jude nationwide, raising more than $260 million.

Donate to St. Jude and reserve your Dream Home ticket here: 

Plan of the Week: The Newcastle

Check out this charming 2 story cottage – The Newcastle Plan #994

Front Exterior of The Newcastle Plan #994

Front Exterior


Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Courtyard garage.
  • 2 beds and 2 baths upstairs.
  • Open balcony.

Cozy cottage with a roomy interior

Simply oozing with Old World charm, this cottage features stone and cedar shake with shed and eyebrow dormers. The porch is accented by a single column and twin arches, and the courtyard-entry garage makes the most of narrower lots.

Great Room of The Newcastle Plan #994

Inside, the gathering rooms are open to each other, yet individually distinguished by columns and ceiling treatments. Both the foyer and great room have two-story ceilings that are brightened by dormers, and the fireplace is flanked by built-in cabinetry. The breakfast nook includes two pantries and a built-in seat and the spacious kitchen features a cook top island.


Open Spaces & Special details

Bonus Room of The Newcastle Plan #994

Bonus Room

Upstairs, a balcony separates two additional bedrooms, each with dual closets and built-in desks. The flexible bonus room can accommodate a home theater, play room, office, or any other needs of the homeowner.

See the Newcastle floor plan and details here.
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Video Tour: The Merrill Plan

Take the new video tour through this Craftsman bungalow

Charming yet spacious, this home boasts over 2600 square feet and lives much larger than it appears.

Custom details throughout

The quaint-looking exterior is filled with an interior of spacious common and private rooms. The master bedroom and a bedroom/study with adjacent full bath flank the foyer. The master suite includes a built-in seat and his-and hers walk-in closets and vanities. A true delight is the open kitchen with breakfast nook and great room. Totally open, these rooms flow from one to the next and include many details such as a spacious center island, generous countertop and cabinet space and a fireplace and porch access from the great room.

Video Tour: First Floor Plan of The Merrill - #1209


Spectacular second floor

Upstairs, a 450+ square foot bonus room awaits the imagination of the homeowners. The loft is an ideal computer nook and two bedrooms each have their own bath and walk-in closets.

Second Floor Plan of The Merrill - Plan #1209

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Plan of the Week: Hickory Ridge #916

The Hickory Ridge is a traditional, country home plan with a brick exterior and a welcoming interior.

Front Exterior - The Hickory Ridge #916

Front exterior

  • The huge country kitchen has 2 pantries
  • Relaxing wraparound porches, front and back.
  • Upstairs balcony opens up the great room.

Twin gables, sidelights, and an arched entryway accent the façade of this two-story home, while decorative ceiling treatments, bay windows, and French doors adorn the interior. The sister plan to the Peppermill, this design has even more square footage and additional features. Columns and clipped corners create a unique formal dining room, while a buffet niche makes entertaining simple. A powder room serves the great room and the cozy living room/study, and the master suite is oversized and topped with a tray ceiling.

Great Room: Hickory Ridge Plan #916

Great room

Supported by columns, a curved balcony overlooks the two-story, 20’x16′ great room. A fireplace flanked by built-in cabinetry creates a welcoming atmosphere in this large space, while two sets of French doors lead to a relaxing back porch.

Columns also mark the transition from the great room to the kitchen and breakfast room, and allow conversation to flow throughout the space.

Three secondary bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a large bonus room make up the second floor. Extra storage can be found throughout, including walk-in closets, two pantries, a spacious utility room, and a large storage bay in the garage that could house a golf cart or workshop.

Master Bedroom: Hickory Ridge Plan #916

Master suite

At the end of the day, relax in the luxurious master suite. His-and-hers walk-in closets provide ample storage and tray ceilings add drama. Enjoy access to the back porch, and a spa-like master bath with corner shower and garden tub.

To see floor plans and more details on the Hickory Ridge plan, click here

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Small Dream Homes – FREE Online Edition

Browse 158 home plans under 3000 square feet in this free online magazine

Small Dream Homes - Free Online Edition

Enjoy the latest edition of Small Dream Homes online for free! Packed with photos, floor plans, and home products, this online edition makes it simple to browse, save, and share your favorites while you search for your dream home.

The Riva Ridge - Plan #5013

Riva Ridge Plan #5013

The Summerhill - Plan #1090

Summerhill Plan #1090

Small homes have always been popular as starter homes and retirement homes, and the trend continues because smaller homes are cheaper to heat and cool, and easier to clean and maintain.Check out the Riva Ridge plan featured on page 30, a hillside walkout perfect for a golf course home or mountain retreat, or the Summerhill plan on page 18, a family-friendly design with completely open living spaces.

The New Home Plans section on page 50 is a convenient way to search our latest homes under 3000 sq. ft. A special On The Drawing Board feature on page 64 shows two conceptual plans we’re working on with highlights and insights on what’s new. Big One-Story and Two-Story sections also help narrow down your search.

From cozy Craftsman cottages to traditional neighborhood charmers, Small Dream Homes has something for everyone.