Honest Abe Living

Honest Abe Living, June 2021

Chinking: Traditional Look with Modern Materials

Chinking can be wide, as seen above, or more narrow as shown to the right. Honest Abe’s logs are manufactured to allow homeowners to created the traditional look of a log home.

Initially chinking was to protect a log home from the elements, but modern log homeowners choose chinking for its aesthetic appeal. 

Innovations in materials and application tools make the the chinked-look an easy choice.

Learn more about options, get advice from Honest Abe’s chink supplier, Perma-Chink, and see photos of homeowners who chose to chink their homes



Build an energy-efficient hybrid home using Structural Insulated Panels manufactured by Honest Abe’s sister company, EcoPanels of Tennessee. The home pictured on the left was constructed of EcoPanels using Honest Abe’s popular Madison Plan and our heavy-timber roof system. It became the first residential Zero Energy Ready Home to be certified in the state of Tennessee. In addition, the home also received EPA Air and Energy Star Certifications.

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Landscape to avoid invasive plants. 

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Considering a Pool? Considering a Pool?

Adhering to a strict plan puts safety first.

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Finding Storage Space

There may be more in your home than you think.

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream

Celebrate June Dairy Month with a freezer of home-made ice cream using pure, simple dairy ingredients.

Well-Used Space is Benefit of Waverly Plan

The Waverly may be a small home plan, but it offers a lot in terms of design and use of space. The three-quarter covered wrap porch surrounding the great room on the front and the full-length covered back porch expand the living space of the two-tory, 1,344-square-foot plan.

The great room has a cathedral ceiling with a heavy timber roof system. The kitchen has bar that accommodates four and a walk-in pantry. The dining area is separate. The mudroom contains the laundry and a closeted powder room. Upstairs are to bedrooms and a full bath. Three closets and a linen closet create ample storage areas.

Though the plan can be executed as a log, timber or hybrid home, it was envisioned to encompass elements of several styles and use a variety of materials like log, timbers, stone and wood shakes.

Register now to download the premium plans, which include renderings, elevations, dimensions or download the basic plan here.