Honest Abe Living Crossville Special Edition

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Crossville Special Edition

New Crossville Model Home Opens

Housewarming Floorplans Photo Tour

Our People Crossville Special Edition

Jan. 2015

In this issue... Floor Plans, p. 5 Sharron Bilbrey of the Crossville Honest Abe Sales Center worked tirelessly to ensure that the new sales model was properly finished impeccably furnished and beautifully appointed.

Home Tour, p. 4-15 Housewarming, p. 16-18 Resource List, p. 18

Honest Abe Log Homes owners Shane Smith, April Smith Patterson and Janie Smith believed in the importance of building a new model in Crossville, furthering the vision of Honest Abe founder, the late Doug Smith. Little Miss Lily Smith, daughter of Shane, cut the ribbon for the grand opening.

Photograph y and desi Claudia Jo gn by hnson, Hon est Abe Mar keting

Timber Frame Design, p. 19

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After more than a decade of designing homes for Honest Abe customers, Michael Hix was primary designer for the new Crossville model.



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From the President’s Desk

by Josh Beasley, President, Honest Abe Log Homes In 2014, Honest Abe Log Homes celebrated an ongoing legacy of 35 years building log and timber frame homes for clients all over the world. In 2015, we continue our celebration with a new beginning as we introduce our newly constructed sales model in Crossville, Tenn. The desire Napoleon Hill spoke of fueled the many years of serving customers in our past, and it now fuels the opportunities ahead. I think it is a basic desire we share with our clients. Building a new custom home is not necessarily easy or care-free. There are many easier options on the market to get into a home. For those of us with a true desire, the easy path does not detract us from our goal of one day owning a log or timber frame home.

We must have it. We must achieve. That is where Honest Abe can help. “Desire is the starting point of all Our goal is achievement, not a hope, not a wish, to make the but a keen pulsating desire which path easier, so transcends everything.” you can see – Napoleon Hill, American Author, that pulsating 1883-1970 desire become a reality. With our new model home in Crossville, it is our desire that it helps our clients envision possibilities and options when designing their own custom home. We’ve dedicated this issue of Honest Abe Living to showcasing what we have created there. Furthermore, stop by in person. We love showing people around.

RESOLUTION OF RECOGNITION County Commission, Clay County, Tenn. The Honorable Dale Regan, County Mayor Honest Abe Log Homes, Inc. WHEREAS, Honest Abe Log Homes, Inc., was established in Clay County, Tennessee, by the late Doug Smith and his wife, Janie, in 1979; and WHEREAS, Honest Abe Log Homes, Inc., has continuously operated as a manufacturer of log homes for 35 years, providing employment for citizens of Clay County and homes for approximately 7,000 families worldwide; and

Clay County Commissioners honored Honest Abe with a resolution recognizing the company’s community contributions since it began manufacturing operations in 1979.

WHEREAS, Honest Abe Log Homes, Inc., is nationally recognized for its leadership in the log home industry, as well as the quality of its products and the integrity and professionalism of its employees; and NOW, THEREFORE BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Clay County Commission recognizes Honest Abe Log Homes, Inc., and expresses its sincere congratulations for 35 years of success, with best wishes for continued growth, prosperity and longevity; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be recorded in the minutes of the Clay County Commission and a suitable copy presented to Janie Smith, Shane Smith and April Smith Patterson, owners of Honest Abe Log Homes, Inc. October 7, 2014 CLAY COUNTY COMMISSION HonestAbe.com


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Welcome to Crossville’s Model Home Center


Crossville Model Home Designer Rendering by Mike Hix, Honest Abe

With 2,820 square feet of living space surrounded by 1,700 square feet of covered porch, the new Crossville Honest Abe Model Home Center incorporates both log and timber frame elements. The exterior of the house combines the use of traditionally dovetailed Eastern White Pine logs with elements of the Craftsman style, including rock pylons, double wooden porch posts and exposed trusses underneath a wide front gable.





Design Elements

Original design by Michael Hix, Honest Abe Log Homes.

The Cambridge Plan

Honest Abe, a General Contractor in Tennessee, served as GC on this project.




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The model presents two front entrances with two very distinctive looks. Download the floor plan at www.honestabe.com.

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The double opening fireplace provides heat for both the dining room and the great room. Honest Abe provides information about trusted suppliers and craftspeople whose materials and work are showcased in the Crossville Model. See page 18 for a complete list.



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The great room has a vaulted heavy timber roof, staircase and two-story fireplace. Honest Abe uses Douglas Fir for

heavy timber rafters, collar ties, wall-tie trusses, ceiling beams, girders and timber frame components.

Honest Abe offers more than just log walls. Our dry-in packages – whether standard or custom – include doors and windows, subfloor, second-story beams with tongue-and-groove, various roof style options, porches and decks, interior trim, interior doors and interior tongue-and-groove. Plus, Honest Abe will tailor each package to meet a customer’s needs.



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The staircase landing forms a loft with a fireplace and open sitting room with shared access to a full bathroom.

Honest Abe uses computer aided modeling in manufacturing so that every log is cut to exact specifications for a perfect fit – a critical step when it comes to windows, doors and corner notches.



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The 8Ă—12 Dovetail D-Log log-on-log system used in the Crossville Model incorporates a single tongue-andgroove, specialized gasket and a woodbinding sealer between each course.



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The bathroom始s tile and wood walk-in shower features a seat and two types of shower heads. The log wall is featured and protected by installation of an acrylic barrier.

The master closet is custom designed for maximum storage.



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A large upstairs bedroom features a built-in desk, a walk-in closet, track lighting, vaulted ceilings, tongue and groove wainscot and a full bath with walk-in shower. Honest Abe plans are completely customizable to accommodate the homeowner’s lifestyle.

To minimize movement, shrinkage and settling in the timbers over time, Honest Abe combines natural air-drying and kiln drying in the manufacturing of every piece of wood we use.


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The guest bedroom has a cozy alcove in a dormer window, a large closet and close proximity to the loft sitting room.



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Honest Abe uses Eastern White Pine for wall logs, log sidings, support posts, blocking, porch posts, porch plates, porch rafters, railings and trim.

The dovetail D-Log style combines smooth interior walls with a v-groove and a D-shaped profile on the exterior, the mass and energy efficiency of an 8" by 12" log size and the trusted, Appalachian style dovetail corner

The concrete used for porches is stamped with wood grain, nail holes and imperfections and tinted to mimic aged wooden boards.

A wide covered porch wraps around most of t h e f i r s t f l o o r, showing four different styles of porches.



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Honest Abe Crossville Sales Manager Sharron Bilbrey served breakfast in the model’s spacious kitchen.

Suppliers and vendors who had a part in creating the model visited with guests from as far away as Wisconsin and several other states.

Honest Abe’s staff cooked chili on an open fire on the model’s back porch for more than 200 guests.



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Upper Cumberland Business Journal

The New Crossville Model’s Opening Makes Regional News



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The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held Nov. 7, 2014, for the Crossville Honest Abe Model Home Center drew dozens of members of the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce as well as Honest Abe’s owners and management and business associates of Honest Abe. The event’s highlights included a light breakfast, tours of the model and cutting of the ribbon by five-year-old Lily Smith, granddaughter of Honest Abe founders Janie Smith and the late Doug Smith.

Honest Abe President Josh Beasley told guests that over the company’s 35 years in business the expectations of customers has changed and that the design and style of the new Crossville model reflects more creative concepts, utilizing a variety of natural products.



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The Honest Abe Crossville Model showcases the craftsmanship and materials of these professionals Eddie Smith (electrician, foundation and job site foreman) Gingerich Concrete Construction (concrete and decorative imprinting) Mountain Top Log Home Restoration, Peter Malkmus (stain/caulk) Mountain Stone (stack stone/Ledge stone, antique grey) Masters Plumbing & Gas Lines, Jeremiah Masters (plumbing) 2 Knee Fish Marketing, LLC, John W. Julies (stone mason) Custom Fireplaces & More, Bob & Fran Marengo (fireplaces) Plateau Metal Sales (ArrowLine enhanced slate metal roofing) ArrowLine Permanent Metal Roofing Solutions Professional Touch, Peter Hofer (roofer) Mid-State Seamless Gutters, Steve Miller (gutters) Action Heating and Cooling, Jay Wood (H/A) Advanced Termite and Pest Control, Dave Passon Williams Wholesale Lighting, Peggy McMillian (lighting, bath fixtures) Lamp and Lighthouse (outdoor porch lights ) Comfort Zone Insulation, Alvin L. Miller (insulation) Cavendar’s – The Interior Company, Rebecca Watson (kitchen) Appliance Mart, Inc., Keith Allred (appliances) M E Ironworks, Estel Bilbrey (iron work) Vintage Pine Flooring, Art Copeland (flooring) A Walk of Elegance, Sherri Nolan (tile) L & C Custom Homes (interior wood trim) Whittenburg Glass & Accessories (glass for bathroom and tables) Clear View Closet and Blinds, Dusty Rhodes, (pantry closet and master closet) Balou's Furniture Gallery, Daniel Smith Knoxville Wholesale Furniture, Richard Mee Green River Door and Window Co. ( JELD-WEN doors and windows) Lumberman’s Wholesale, Phil Duke Timber Products Inspection, Ronnie Williams Green River Door and Window Co., Kenny, Jackie, and Chuck Quinn Energy Systems, Randy Long Fancy Vents (vents) Perma-Chink Systems (chinking and wood finishing) Hatler’s Florist (floral arrangements) Don Price (drywall/sheetrock) Field's Engineering Consultant Services LLC



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Timber Frame Construction

Our Timber Frame System offers old-world country charm with superb flexibility to add color or decorative style to the interior.

Honest Abe Log Homes offers Timber Frame construction with exposed timbers on the interior, while allowing for the choice of using more common exterior finishes like conventional siding, brick or stone. The Sunroom at the new Honest Abe Model Home in Crossville is a perfect example. A timber frame home is a beautiful, economical and flexible choice for rustic living. Giving you the flexibility to design the kind of home you’ve always wanted, Honest Abe’s Timber Frame option brings the beauty of natural wood into your home’s interior. In the construction of our Timber Frame System, Honest Abe uses timeless construction methods to create a framework from 8”x 8” Douglas Fir vertical posts and horizontal beams. This “superstructure” is left exposed on the interior, while insulated wall panels sheath the exterior. The framework is pre-cut, numbered, packaged and delivered to the home site. Our Timber Frames feature large Douglas Fir timbers for the framework and “sandwich” wall panels made of sheetrock, insulation and exterior sheathing. Our attention to detail can be recognized through the quality of the craftsmanship. HonestAbe.com


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