A Home with a View

Relaxing vistas required.

Honest Abe Log Home Nestled in the Foothills of the Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains

By Claudia Johnson, Honest Abe Living, July-August 2014

Exciting. Warm. Comfortable. That’s how Richard and Linda Hespe describe their new Honest Abe log home nestled in the foothills of the Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.

“We have built homes before, but this one is totally different,” Richard Hespe said.

Originally from the historic town of Elka Park, N.Y., the Hespes who live in Nokomis, Fla., knew exactly what they expected from their log home mountain retreat.

Darlene Dawson, owner of Bear’s Den Log Homes, an Honest Abe independent dealership in Newton, N.C., worked with Steve Wallin of Custom Homes of Asheville, a builder who is also an Honest Abe independent dealer, to ensure the Hespes built their dream cabin.

Darlene Dawson, owner of Bear’s Den Log Homes, an Honest Abe independent dealership in Newton, N.C., worked with Steve Wallin of Custom Homes of Asheville, a builder who is also an Honest Abe independent dealer, to ensure the Hespes built their dream cabin.

“We wanted a good view with a lot of windows,” Richard said. “We didn’t want a big house, but we wanted an open balcony to look out.’

After considering various locations, the couple chose Grandview Peaks Subdivision, Nebo, N.C., a place they’d only seen online but confess they fell in love with the moment they passed through the gates. They had already been researching and comparing log home companies but soon chose Honest Abe.

“I’m a preferred log home provider in the development,” explained Darlene Dawson, owner of Bear’s Den Log Homes, an Honest Abe independent dealership in Newton, N.C. “Richard and Linda requested information, and I sent a packet and followed up with a call. “

Darlene also shared lender information and introduced them to Steve Wallin of Custom Homes of Asheville, a builder who is also an Honest Abe independent dealer.
“We had considered another company, but we were more comfortable with Honest Abe Log Homes,” Richard said. “We were quick about it. We decided on our floor plans in six weeks and on a builder in six weeks.” That builder was Steve Wallin.

Darlene said that she worked closely with Steve to help Linda and Richard design the house they envisioned. The Honest Abe Highlander plan was modified to incorporate the Hespes’ must-have features.

Construction was completed in less than five months. Situated on a one-acre lot, the resulting 1,600 square-foot, three-bedroom house features the perfect balcony and windows for enjoying a 25-mile view.

“We love it,” Richard said, also expressing their satisfaction with Darlene’s guidance throughout the process. “We’re very pleased, still pleased. She stayed with us right up to the end, helping with everything.”

Richard said his favorite space is the great room, while Linda favors the craft room, where she creates gifts for family and friends. They both love the big glass windows and the loft. They’ve enjoyed making decorating choices and even had Amish furniture custom crafted for the house. Richard offered advice for others dreaming of their own custom log home.

“Don’t worry about your original plan being perfect,” he said, adding, “Things change anyway. Just do it and get it done.”

Photography by Joshua Beasley

A priority for the Hespes was a breathtaking view.

A priority for the Hespes was a breathtaking view.

The loft bedroom offers a clear 25-mile view.

The loft bedroom offers a clear 25-mile view.

A staircase from the living room leads to the bedroom loft.

A staircase from the living room leads to the bedroom loft.

Richard loves the living room’s open design.

Richard loves the living room’s open design.

Master-Bath

The bathroom is a efficient yet beautiful combination of wood, glass and tile.

The kitchen features a striking contrast of dark and light woods.

The kitchen features a striking contrast of dark and light woods.

Linda’s favorite place is the craft room.

Linda’s favorite place is the craft room.

Mountain-View

The Blue Ridge Mountains are visible from the Hespe’s dining room.

 

The Hespes can see the mountains from their deck, their upstairs bedroom or their living room.

The Hespes can see the mountains from their deck, their upstairs bedroom or their living room.