The Langer Timber Frame in rural White County, Tennessee, is a featured home on the Upper Cumberland Homebuilder’s Association’s tour of homes in August.
More about the home:
The 2,042 SF Langer Timber Frame was custom designed, manufactured and built by Honest Abe Log Homes in 2016. It is located in a clearing on 43 acres of wooded land along the Caney Fork River near Sparta, Tenn. The house features a heavy timber roof system, a 240 SF loft, an outdoor dining room and separate outdoor living room with a wood-burning fireplace and a full walkout basement.
Timber frame components of stained Douglas Fir, dark hickory floors, Engelmann spruce tongue-and-groove ceilings, pine trim and molding, a heavy wood front door, stained glass, reproduction fixtures, use of hand-cut natural stone both inside and out and the tile and cabinetry choices in the kitchen and bath evoke the Adirondack lodge, arts-and-crafts architectural style popular in the
early 1900s desired by the homeowners. The look is further enhanced on the exterior by multiple green metal-covered gables positioned at various angles, heavy timber beams, handcrafted stonework and painted Hardie board that affords the look of wood siding without the maintenance.
Centered on the front of the Langer Timber Frame is a 16’x18’ gabled outdoor living room with a heavy timber roof. The wood-burning fireplace, accents surrounding the front door and t
he floor are of natural, hand-cut stone. A ceiling fan and accent lighting make the room usable day or night. Flanking the home on the right side is a gabled, covered outdoor dining room that connects to the covered front porch and an outdoor gabled living room.
Entering the main floor of the house through the full-length porch and outdoor room, there is a foyer leading to the open great room. To the left of the foyer is the study, which converts to a bedroom through use of a Murphy bed. To the foyer’s right is a full bath. An adjacent mudroom is accessible from the porch.
A tile shower with a wood ceiling in the master bathroom is wheelchair accessible and includes a safety bar and a shower head and spray at various heights to ensure the Langers can remain in place despite any life changes.
The loft over the study creates the only second floor area of the home. The great room’s focal points are the hand-cut natural stone gas fireplace, Douglas fir timber frame components, heavy timber roof system, pine molding fashioned to mimic the
Craftsman style and a 2×6” Engelmann spruce -and-groove ceiling.
The kitchen and a breakfast nook lighted by a row of clad windows are heated by a wood-burning stove and are separated from the great room by columns. The kitchen island houses
a farmer’s sink and carries forth the Craftsman style with a burnished copper faucet set, a tongue-and-groove pantry door and reproduction light fixtures.
The full walkout basement crafted of Superior Walls will be finished to include two bedrooms, a bath, common area and shop. There is a two-car detached garage.