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

WHERE ~
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.

LAYOUT ~
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.

CHOICES ~
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.

PRESENT ~
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

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