Story by Claudia Johnson

Photos by JD Tyre Photography

Perched on a bluff high above Tennessee’s Dale Hollow Lake is Jim and Diana Copper’s second house by Honest Abe Log Homes, the first having been on their cattle farm in rural Illinois.

The Coppers chose Honest Abe’s award-winning Cambridge plan for their 2,800-square-foot new home.

“We loved the Cambridge plan because it had the two-sided, two-story stone fireplace with gas logs that opens into the living room and on the other side into the dining room,” Diana said. “We also loved the high ceilings with heavy timber roofing and natural lighting provided by the window configuration.”

Jim said that Honest Abe’s Genesis log style was chosen because it is square inside and out and could be chinked to look like the log homes built by early Tennessee settlers.

Diana characterized the style of the house as “a little bit rustic, a little bit country and a little bit industrial.”

Seasoned log and timber home contractors James and Ellery Lewis constructed the home.

“We were very pleased with them and their creativity, work ethic and expertise, Jim said of the father-son team. 

The Coppers said they made the right decision in choosing Honest Abe Log Homes to design and manufacture their second custom log home.

“We love the quality of materials, the personal service and the integrity of the company,” Diana said, adding that Honest Abe Sale Representative Ethan Birdwell “bent over backwards to help us with anything we needed.”