By Josh Watson, Construction Coordinator for Honest Abe Log Homes.

The historical Paint Lick, KY is the location of Mark & Debbie Baker’s new log home. Obviously I had to look up how Paint Lick became “Paint Lick” and according to wikipedia, “it reputedly derived its name from settlers’ descriptions of the peeled tree trunks that served as a means of marking the salt licks along the creek by Native Americans…” Now that my curiosity is satisfied we can move on to their beautiful house.

Early in 2010, the Bakers started working with Ed White (Cookeville Model Rep), on the design of their house. After a few revisions with Honest Abe’s Design Team, the Bakers had finished their masterpiece! A 32’x52’ custom house with a 8’x24’ bump-out on the front, attached garage on the side and a porch/deck wrapped around three-quarters of the house. Looking at their plan, you see a very spacious layout with the Great Room, Dining Room and Kitchen attached. It has two bedrooms and two baths on the main level, a loft upstairs and a full basement underneath.

For their log style they chose the 8″x8″ Round/Round System that is tied together in the corners with the Saddle notch and for the roof; trusses on the sides and Honest Abe’s patented Heavy Timber Roof in the center section. A great choice for Mark and Debbie was the decision to use I-joist (engineered wood joist) for their subfloor, this gave them longer spans between posts in the basement which in turn gave them more usable space.

Around mid-May, Honest Abe’s crew (Darrell Elliott- Buncombe Mountain Log Homes) got started on the construction of the house and it is looking good! Check out their progress in these photos.

Customer: Mark & Debbie Baker
Log Style: Round-Round Log
Crew: Buncombe Mountain Log Homes
Sales Office: Cookeville, Tenn. – Ed White