A Tennessee showplace captures the essence of modern log home design.
T he Cambridge plan by Honest Abe Log Homes embodies the spirit of a new generation of wood homeowners.
“Over time the expectations of our customers have changed, and that is reflected in the design and style of the Cambridge,” says Josh Beasley, president of Honest Abe Log Homes. “We built the Cambridge as our model home at Crossville, Tennessee, to provide clients the visual and tactile experience they need as they make decisions about the design of their log home.”
Created by Michael Hix, a 15year veteran of Honest Abe’s in-house design team, the house is presented
with two very different looks depending on the approach. From one direction the structure gives the impression of a traditional log home, while the opposing entry highlights its timber frame components.
“Both facades are eye-catching,” Josh explains. “It’s a home that fits as seamlessly into a suburban setting as a rural landscape.”
The spacious structure includes
2,820 square feet of living space surrounded by 1,700 square feet of covered porch. Incorporating both log and timber frame elements, the exterior combines the use of traditionally dovetailed Eastern White Pine 8-by
12-inch D-shaped logs with elements of the Craftsman style, including rock pylons, double wooden porch posts and exposed trusses underneath a wide front gable.
The open concept of the
1,864-square-foot first floor, complete with a see-through gas-burning fireplace as the centerpiece of the dining, living and kitchen areas, invites conversation and celebration. Double patio doors open onto an expansive covered porch with a wood-burning fireplace, extending the downstairs living space.
A timber-framed sunroom, accessible from the kitchen, offers exterior access and creates the perfect setting for an office or studio. The great room staircase leads to a 956-squarefoot second floor that boasts two bedrooms, one with a built-in desk and walk-in closet and a full bathroom. Instead of a typical loft, the landing forms an open room soaked in light from vaulted ceilings and warmed by one of the home’s most intriguing features — a second-story fireplace tied into the main flue.
The first-floor master bedroom features a half-hexagonal alcove large enough for seating, a private dressing room/closet combination and a bathroom with a walk-in multi-head shower and other luxury fixtures — all allowing occupants to remain in the home as they age.
“We wanted to illustrate the possibilities and know the wood home they’ve dreamed of can become their forever home,” Josh says. “After all, the Cambridge started as our dream.”
For more information about the Cambridge or to explore other possibilities, call 800-231-3695 or visit honestabe.com.
The Cambridge great room, dining room, staircase and loft are all open design. Windows were strategically placed above the entrance door and at the peak of the great room vaulted ceiling to take advantage of natural lighting. The 1,864-square-foot first floor also includes a master bedroom with a luxury master bath and a separate half bath for visitors.