Honest Abe Living
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a digital publication of Honest Abe Log Homes

July 2018 Edition

When retirement appeared on the horizon for Herb and Barb Marshall, they began to make plans for their long-awaited log home, which ideally was to be built on the sloping shores of a fishing lake.

Marshall-living-room“When Herb and I were newlyweds and had toured several model log homes, we said that someday we would build one,” says Barb. “But when we established ourselves in southern Florida, we knew the log home would have to wait.”

To find their haven, Barb explored the internet looking for land located on water. She eventually came across a quiet home development near Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. The remote community, located on Watts Bar Lake, accommodates a variety of upscale homes, including log structures.

The Marshalls then traveled to the Grande Vista Bay Development in Rockwood, Tenn., to check out the lay of the land and see if their log home would match the surroundings. There were several lakefront properties available and they came across a heavily wooded parcel on the side of a gentle hill that seemed to be created for a traditional log home.

From the Honest Abe plan book, the Marshalls selected the Bellewood plan. The traditional story-and-a-half style home is ideal for lakeside living — it features a wraparound covered porch, an open deck area and an expanse of glass in the great room. Other facets include an eye-catching modified king truss roofing system with tongue-and-groove ceiling, a master suite with fireplace, his-and-her bath areas, and a second-floor exercise room that is accessed by a spiral staircase.

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Country’s Best Log Homes featured the Marshall home soon after it was completed.

Seven log and timber structures by are open during a free, reservations-only tour Aug. 25 beginning at 10 a.m. at Honest Abe Cookeville.

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Ants are invasive and destructive to homes and lawns, but they can be controlled and defeated with the proper treatment and products.

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Enjoy a virtual tour of the Bellewood, one of our most versatile and popular floor plans, which was used for our Cookeville model home.

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Honest Abe joined forces with Log Home Living magazine to host a free webinar you may watch at your leisure to help you in creating your forever home.

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The Marshall Plan

Honest Abe’s Marshall Plan is a Customer Creation, which Herb and Bob Marshall, whose log home story is told above, invited others to use and enjoy.  Download the Marshall Plan here. For access to all our other plans with the detail you see you see in the image below, click here.


Zucchini Fritters

Lodge Cast Iron products can be used to create a variety of dishes

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