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Country Craftsman Timber Frame Floor Plan October 2017 Log Raising Home Project Timeline Money Saving Tips

Choosing the Best Fit By Josh Beasley President, Honest Abe Log Homes Let’s be perfectly clear. Honest Abe Log Homes wants to design, manufacture and build your log home. We do everything possible to win your trust and when you select us, make sure you are glad you made the decision. Our mission is to be sure you would choose us again. And everyone at Honest Abe is geared toward accomplishing that. As you examine other log home companies and compare them to Honest Abe, there are some basic things to examine. We urge you to consider only members of the Log and Timber Homes Council. Why? Because all council members must: • Abide by a strict code of ethics • Grade their logs and timbers to ensure structural soundness • Provide construction manuals to ensure consistent techniques • Sponsor scientific studies that advance log and timber building technologies • Provide information to help consumers make smart choices You'll find that Log and Timber Homes Council member companies compete fairly for your dream home while adhering to the membership requirements, and they are united in their passion for their work. Honest Abe is proud to be a longtime and active member of the Council. For more information about the Council or any copies of materials and studies produced by the council, please contact our office. And don’t forget to look for the seal below when considering any log home company.

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In this issue... FEATURED HOME: Country Craftsman, p. 4-10 Money Saving Tips, p. 3 Langer Plan, p. 11 Home Project Timeline p. 12-13 Oct. 2017 Log Raising, p. 14 Cooking with Lodge, p. 15

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Building a log home or any home for that matter can be an intimidating proposition at the best. One thing that helped me as I was building the two custom Honest Abe Log Homes I have lived in over the years was to remember that you eat a watermelon one bite at a time. It’s the same with building. You do it one log at a time and one step at a time. The best thing that anyone can do who wants to build some sweat equity and have a smooth process is first of all have a good plan. The more you plan the smoother your build will go. It will also help you identify which tasks you can take responsibility for and have this understood with your builder from the beginning so your contract can reflect the agreement. You can also plan your schedule to manage the tasks you’ve elected to complete.


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Country Craftsman A Tennessee Timber Frame Where a Vision Becomes a Forever Home Story by Claudia Johnson Photos by Brandon Malone Photography


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The Langer great room’s focal points are the hand-cut natural stone gas fireplace, Douglas fir timber frame components, heavy timber roof system, Eastern White Pine trim fashioned to evoke the Arts-and-Crafts era, 2x6� Engelmann spruce tongue-andgroove ceiling and dark hickory wide-plank flooring.


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Lynn and Chris Langer’s new timber frame home is a stunning example of how a vision becomes a forever home. “I guess you’d call what we wanted a mountain-style, arts-and-crafts bungalow,” Lynn said, explaining that their idea had been to create the feel of the early 20th century Craftsman architecture frequently seen in Adirondack Mountain lodges. Originally from New England, the Langers retired to the Tennessee Upper Cumberland after finding land they liked online. They’d owned a timber frame in Connecticut, so they approached the design of their new home with a clear vision. “It had to have a great room with high ceilings, an open floor plan and a Langer Timber Frame cozy kitchen and dining room,” Lynn said. “We found Honest Abe, and now we The features a covered front porch, have exactly what we wanted.” covered outdoor living room fireplace and a right side Lynn said that she and Chris were drawn to Honest Abe Log Homes, with covered outdoor dining room. which has been designing and manufacturing log and timber frame homes since The exterior siding is Hardie 1979, because of its reputation in the industry. The fact that Honest Abe’s design board with accents around the front door being natural wood team can easily convert any plan to a timber frame coupled with the caliber of and hand-cut natural stone Honest Abe’s products convinced the Langers that the Tennessee-based that matches the fireplace. company was a perfect fit for their project. “We were very familiar with post-and-beam construction, and right away we realized this was quality work,” Lynn recalled from her first visit to Honest Abe’s headquarters in Moss, Tennessee. “The wood was planed to a smooth finish, and the Douglas fir timbers were nice and straight with a stylish chamfer.” Working with the Cookeville Honest Abe Log Homes sales team, Greg and Melissa Watson and Ed White, the Langers launched their design process in the spring of 2015.  The Navajo plan from the company’s Legacy Collection was almost exactly what the Langers had in mind, but they wanted to customize it on both the interior and exterior. Award-winning designer Michael Hix of Honest Abe’s in-house design and drafting department transformed the basic plan to match their concept. For instance, a first floor guest room shown on the Navajo plan was repurposed into a full-time office, but placement of a Murphy bed in the office quickly converts it to a room for hosting guests like the couple’s two grown sons, both city dwellers, who Lynn says love to “come for a rest in the country.”


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Positioned in the downstairs single story area, the kitchen and adjacent breakfast room offer an unobstructed view of the open great room. 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.

Textured tile, dark-stained custom wood cabinetry and granite countertops create the feel of an early 1900s Craftsman house with the stainless steel a p p l i a n c e s a n d ve n t h o o d adding a modern touch.


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The main dining room is in the great room, but a cozy breakfast room with a woodburning stove and a reading nook bathed in light from a row o f c l a d w i n d ows a re located off the kitchen. Ceilings are Eastern White Pine 1x6" tongue-and-groove.


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With the house located on 43 acres of rural land fronting the Caney Fork River in White County, Tennessee, the Langers wanted a comfortable spot for experiencing the seasons outdoors. Working with Honest Abe’s design team, they created a 16’x18’ outdoor room under a heavy timber gable roof featuring a wood-burning fireplace of natural, handcut stone. “With the outdoor fireplace there’s no mess or fuss,” Lynn said. “When we want a real fire, we just go outside.”

A gabled-roofed outdoor dining room connected by covered porches to the outdoor living room is designed with open walls to catch the summer breeze.


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A tile shower with a wood ceiling in the master bathroom is wheelchair accessible and includes a safety bar and a shower head and separate spray at convenient heights to ensure the Langers can remain in place despite any life changes.

As for climate comfort inside the home’s 2,042 square feet, Lynn said that she and Chris are very impressed with their insulation package and the heavy timber roof system that resulted in surprisingly low heating bills. “The people at Honest “We always heated with wood in Connecticut, so we installed a Hearthstone Abe and the quality of stove in the kitchen area and our first-ever gas fireplace insert in the great room’s their services and natural stone fireplace,” Lynn said, explaining that these supplement a propane fired products made them a HVAC system that keeps the home toasty warm during Tennessee’s cold months. great choice for us.” Lynn said the design for the entire house, which has 1,782 square feet on the main floor and a 240-square-foot loft, demonstrates “very wise use of space” and is – Lynn Langer expansion-ready. The Langers had a full walkout basement created using Superior Walls. When completed, there will be a common area, two spacious bedrooms, each with its own large window, a shared full bath and a shop. “Our house is super comfortable for two people,” Lynn said, mentioning that because they plan to spend the rest of their lives there, they made design choices like creating a custom, wheelchair accessible master shower and placing all living and sleeping space on the main floor to ensure that they will remain comfortable. Lynn said that she and Chris remained “happy through every step” of the process that they had chosen Honest Abe Log Homes as their designer and manufacturer and also to complete the dry-in phase of construction. “We are convinced that if you want a log or timber frame home, you need to get it from an experienced and reputable manufacturer,” Lynn said. “The people at Honest Abe and the quality of their services and products made them a great choice for us.”


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The Langer Plan

About the design… The 2,042 SF Langer Timber Frame was custom designed, manufactured and built by Honest Abe Log Homes in 2016. Honest Abe designer Mike Hix infused the Langers’ original ideas with Honest Abe’s Navajo Plan to create the custom timber frame’s plans. 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. It is located in a clearing on 43 acres of wooded land along the Caney Fork River near the town of Sparta in White County, Tennessee.


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Home Project Timeline A resource by Honest Abe Log Homes

All log or timber home construction follows the same basic steps. This timeline details the events that will occur as you build your new home.

The order of the steps contained in this guide may vary by project, but overall, should provide a look at the most common necessary steps. It is suggested that you speak with your General Contractor about the details of each. Honest Abe Log Homes

Pre Construction Steps

• Finalize plans

• Gather design ideas.

• Order package from log or timber company.

• Visit log home models, tours and events. • Purchase land to build on. • Preliminary budgeting. • Select log or timber frame manufacturer. • Develop preliminary plans. • Select General Contractor / subs.

• Arrange for builders risk insurance. • Apply for permits. • Finalize bids from GC or subs. • Finalize financing. • Arrange for temp electricity. • Give notice of start. • Break ground!

• Arrange for financing. • Preliminary construction schedule. 12

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Construction Site Prep • Cut or grade entrance road or driveway. Clear site. • Excavate basement. • Water. Well or public. • Install septic and drain field. • Install temp toilet facilities. • Locate and dig footings and pier pads.

Dry-In Construction • Confirm delivery date of home package. • Confirm amount due on delivery. • Prepare material storage area. • Prepare for off-loading of material package.

After Dry-In (Outside) • Apply exterior treatment, stain and sealer. • Install finished roofing. • Install porch railings.

After Dry-In (Inside) Many of the steps listed here are carried out by the General Contractor. We have included them for educational purposes. Although not all items are applicable to all homes and situations, we hope that this will serve as a useful guide and educational tool as you prepare to build your own log or timber frame home.

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• Erect fireplace and chimney. • Rough in plumbing, HVAC, electrical service. • Call for inspections of mechanicals and framing. • Install ceiling, gable end and wall insulation if applicable. • Install covering for interior partitions and ceilings. • Apply paint, stain, wallpaper, etc. • Install hardwood flooring, tile, carpet, etc.

Final Inspections • Inspect all work and make a punch list of corrections and oversights. • Re-inspect after punch list complete. • Obtain lien waivers.

• Call for footing inspection. • Pour footings and pier pads. • Treat site for termite prevention. • Install foundation walls. • Back-fill around facilities. • Notify log or timber home representative of foundation completion.

• Check materials against shipping manifest. • The home package should be constructed to dry-in completion by the log and timber home company or by your own labor source. • Electrician should be on-site before log erection to mark electrical chase locations so the dry-in crew can drill as needed. • Install garage doors. • Install gutter and down spouts. • Finish grading, top soil, seeding, sodding, shrubbery, etc.

• Install interior doors and hardware. • Install interior window, door, baseboard and ceiling trim. • Install cabinets and countertops. • Install vanities, bars, mirrors, etc. • Install closet shelving, poles, etc. • Install stair treads, railings, balusters. • Install tub and shower doors. • Install plumbing fixtures and appliances. • Install final HVAC and test. • Install electrical fixtures, appliances , outlet covers, etc. • Call for final inspections. • Obtain occupancy permit. • Notify financial institution of completion. • Notify insurance company of completion.

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Register for the Final Log Raising of 2017 Honest Abe Log Homes invites the public to visit our National Headquarters in Moss, Tennessee, on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. to attend a Log Raising and Manufacturing Tour. Watch as members of the company build a small structure, showing and describing the process of building an Honest Abe Log Home. Spend time with drafting professionals, manufacturing sta and new Get detailed directions and register at home consultants. Ask questions and learn about how our log cabins and timber frame homes are designed and created. Families are welcome. Complimentary lunch will be served at noon, and afterwards a tour of our manufacturing facilities will be conducted. Seating is free but limited, so reservations are required. The event is held in a climate controlled building on the Honest Abe Log Homes National Headquarters and its accompanying manufacturing complex on Hwy. 52, 10 miles west of Celina and approximately 25 miles east of Lafayette in the community of Moss, Tenn.

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