Honest Abe Living

Honest Abe Living, May 2023

A custom Design Becomes a Log Home

Rick and Lisa Hood built the home they’d dreamed of in Morganton, North Carolina, in 2018.

“We have found that our Honest Abe Log home provides the warmth that we so desired,” the Hoods said. “With the front porch, large back deck, and the open floor plan, we never want to leave. Since we have recently retired, we are so thankful that Honest Abe built our forever comfortable log home.”


Bathrooms can remain inviting, practical and safe as families grow, change and age over the years. Read expert advice for planning a bathroom to serve you and your family in your forever home.

Bring on Spring Bring on Spring

Designer Molly Cooper offers advice for outdoor decorating.

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Outdoor Kitchen Outdoor Kitchen

Controlling insects when cooking.

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Pet Stains Pet Stains

Keep hardwood floors attractive.

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Kitchen s Made for Tomorrow

Make your kitchen safe and beautiful.

Cooking with Lavender

Lavender is a fragrant herb that has a distinctive floral flavor and is commonly used in cooking and baking. Both fresh and dried lavender can be used in cooking, but they should be used differently to achieve the best results. Since this fragrant and versatile herb is at its peak in May, we are sharing some ideas for enjoying it in the kitchen.


The Suiter Plan

The 12″ D-Log Eastern white pine Cloud 9 cabin, positioned on one of the highest peaks in Gatlinburg, has a 360-degree view encompassing landmarks like Mt. LeConte, Ober Gatlinburg and Clingman’s Dome.

It was designed by Honest Abe’s Michael Hix as a replica of a splendid long-leaf pine cabin built in the 1980s that was one of the 2,460 structures engulfed by the November 2016 wildfires that also took 14 lives and caused $500 million in damage.

This original plan was a 2022 Jerry Rouleau Award winner for log home design.

McDade Westfield
McDade Westfield
McDade Westfield

Mark your calendars now for our free 2023 events, including the July Log Raising.