Fall Log Home Tour Set for Aug. 24
August 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pmFree
A variety of log and timber frame homes will be open to the public on Aug. 24 during a fall tour hosted by Honest Abe Log Homes Cookeville.
“We believe the structures open for the tour are perfect to show visitors how flexible and beautiful a wood home can be,” said Greg Watson, a sales representative at Honest Abe Cookeville who’s spent almost a quarter century with the company.
Each of the featured homes was designed and manufactured by Honest Abe Log Homes and reflect a variety of log styles. The homeowners will be available to answer questions about their design choices, the construction process, the home’s energy efficiency and more.
“These homes were built at different times, so they really demonstrate how well a log home can hold up over the decades,” Watson said, adding that each building has a distinctively different floor plan.
Begin the day with refreshments at Honest Abe Log Homes Cookeville, where a map and directions are provided to registered participants beginning at 9 a.m. The nine-room Cookeville model built in 1999 from the Honest Abe Bellewood plan was recently redecorated by Molly Cooper, interior design consultant for Honest Abe’s newest subsidiary, Cooper & Co. The 3,167-square-foot model is of 8×8 D Logs with butt and pass corners and a heavy timber roof system. Also, on the Cookeville model home site is an additional model built from the Algood plan.
“We’ll provide a map for the self-guided tour, during which the homes are open between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.,” Greg Watson said. “Since the homes are within easy driving distance of one another and our model, there will be ample time to tour each home.”
One of these is a 3,800-square-foot, two-story house built of dovetailed square logs from an original design 12 years ago after George and Patty Thomas lost their 100-year-old historic residence filled with treasured primitive antiques to fire. Also on the tour is a small historic cabin.
Designed from a customized version of Honest Abe’s Newport plan, the log home of Craig and Mary Walker (pictured at top of page) completed in 2012 is created from dovetailed 6×12 Genesis hand-hewn logs. Underneath the conventional roof system are seven rooms on the main floor. There’s 1,620 square feet of living space not including the finished basement.
Ed & Linda Lisic’s 8×8 D Log home was completed in the spring of 2018. The 1,404-square-foot house has six rooms, a conventional roof system and a butt and pass corner system. The Honest Abe Algood B plan was customized to create the Lisic’s home.
Melissa Watson, who is also an Honest Abe representative at the Cookeville model and sales office, pointed out that one of the tour homes is a timber frame.
“We’re finding that many customers are interested in timber frame or hybrid homes, and these are good examples of how various building materials can be paired with timbers to create a visual impact,” she said.
The featured Timber Frame belonging to Jerry Greer has a combination of heavy timber and conventional roof systems. Created from the Navajo plan, the eight-room house is 2,350 square feet not including the garage and full basement. It’s almost finished, so tourgoers will experience how a jobsite looks just before move in.
Melissa Watson noted that guests may want to return to the Honest Abe Cookeville campus for a little shopping in yet another pair of log homes. The Mill Storehouse is a retail store operated from yet another log home by Honest Abe – its first model home, a square log chinked building that has stood the test of time. Adjacent is a tiny house that’s been converted to a retail shop.
“One of Honest Abe’s owners has converted the very first Honest Abe model home into a store that sells everything from fresh farm products to home décor to apparel,” Melissa said. “This home was moved from its original site and reconstructed, which goes to show how durable a log home can be. The other log structure is a ‘tiny home’.”