A Ten­nessee show­place cap­tures the essence of mod­ern log home de­sign.

Log Home Living - - BONUS SECTION - Story by Clau­dia John­son Pho­tog­ra­phy by Roger Wade

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 hon­

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.

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