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Letter 1
Location: Smithville, Tenn.
Size: 2,600 sq. ft.
Complete: February 2019
Owner: Evins Mill

Evins Mill Kitchen Renovation

Evins Mill, a scenic Tennessee resort property located near the town of Smithville – just east of Nashville, contracted J&S Construction to complete kitchen renovations to its current facility.

The historical 40-acre property dates back to 1824, when a Tennessee Land Grant recorded it as Lockhart’s Mill. Perhaps the most well-known proprietor was the politically prominent Evins family, beginning with Edgar and his wife, Myrtie, in 1937. Evins built the current mill to run in conjunction with emerging Lebanon, Tenn. business, Martha White.

The primary goal of the project was to work within the Owner’s budget to reorganize the existing space to allow for greater efficiency while minimizing the impact of required down time during renovations.

Some challenges of the project included limited access due to a sloped terrain and mature trees surrounding the building, existing log cabin construction components and concealed conditions.

Several key accomplishments of the scope of work included the creation of a shorter distance relationship between food storage areas and the food prep/cooking areas, elimination of some of the physical barriers to create a more efficient workspace, isolation of the dishwashing operation and new dishwashing equipment, and improving mechanical systems that now promote a more comfortable environment both in the kitchen and dining areas.

Minutes from Center Hill Lake, Evins Mill provides all the amenities of a luxury destination in the intimate setting of a woodland resort. The site includes a 90-foot waterfall, swimming hole, hiking trails and a fishing pond. For more information, visit Evins Mill’s website at