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Introduction..........................................3 Timber Frame Homes................32 - 33 Our History:

Package Contents: Value, Growth, Stability......................8 - 9 Timber Frame System.........................34 - 35 Timber Frame Photos...............36 - 37

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Visualizing Common Design Elements...........................38 - 39

Custom Log Homes: From Start to Finish.........................18 - 19 Photo Tour of Log homes: Madison Floor Plan (1,463 sf)............40 - 41 10 Steps to Owning Your Log Home..........................................20 - 21 Custom Floor Plan (4,430 sf)............42 - 43 Mill Crafting Log Homes........22 - 23

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Quality & Species of Wood.............25

Grandfield Floor Plan (2,600 sf)......48

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HELP Build Program.......................50 Package Contents: Legacy Collection............................26 - 27 Year-Round Events & Genuine Select Series.......................28 - 29 Log Raisings...........................................51 Big Sky System.....................................30

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Photography found throughout this publication may not represent standard building practices of Honest Abe Log Home (HALH). While materials from each home shown was supplied by HALH, the final appearance of each vary based on the work of contractors and the homeowners. Square footage notations are approximate. Please consult your sales representative with any questions you may have.

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ride, integrity, quality, value.....these have been the guiding principles for Honest Abe Log Homes since the beginning more than 35 years ago.

These principles have allowed us to help thousands of log and timber frame home buyers realize their dream, but there is another ingredient in the Honest Abe mix that has always been the driving force behind it all: quality people. Honest Abe has always sought out high-quality, dedicated employees who want to serve others as part of a team of skilled professionals. That continues to be our focus for the future, because we figured out long ago you can’t produce a quality product and services without the highest caliber of people. There has always been a “family feeling” at Honest Abe, and that feeling extends beyond just our employees, business associates and suppliers – it extends to those we serve. When you choose Honest Abe, we want you to feel like you’re dealing with family. We know it’s more than a company doing business with a client, and that it’s more than logs, lumber and nails. It’s about people dealing with people. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Honest Abe Log Homes is more than just a company. It’s about ethical, down-to-earth, hard-working people – attentive to detail, willing to listen to your concerns, eager to use their years of experience to help people realize their dream and grateful for the opportunity to serve. We know you don’t care how much we know, until you know how much we care. We chose the name Honest Abe when we began in 1979 to show what kind of company we were, and we have done our best to live up to the name of that famous President. When you come to us with plans for your dream home, there will be no high-pressure sales and no gimmicks. There will be straight talk, attentive ears and people ready to serve your needs. We go the extra mile to educate potential homeowners on log homes with log raising events and construction seminars held several times a year to show the quality of our company and building process. They also highlight the quality of our people. We urge you to visit a direct sales model or dealer and to attend one of our events to get to know us better. We believe you’ll like what you see. Our people have made it possible for us to be among the industry leaders for over 35 years, and we have Honest Abe Log Homes poised to serve the next generation of log home enthusiasts. © 2014 Honest Abe Log Homes

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Our History: Value, Growth, Stability

Our History: Value, Growth, Stability

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onest Abe Log Homes has seen a tremendous amount of change in over three decades of helping thousands of log home owners realize their dream. But, as the old adage goes, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” What’s changed? Improved products, better construction techniques and the increased use of technology, among other things – all to provide the best home and the best building experience possible. What hasn’t changed during that time? The commitment to a quality product, produced by quality people, with an emphasis on value. Owner and founder Doug Smith started the company in 1979 as an offshoot to his sawmill operation in Moss, an unincorporated village in northeastern Middle Tennessee near Dale Hollow Lake. Smith, a second-generation sawmiller, had several goals in mind: make a quality product, provide jobs for the county, use excess material generated by his sawmill and, last but not least, maintain a healthy company. To say those goals have been met would be a vast understatement. Through the ups and down of the economy, good times and bad, Honest Abe has remained a fixture in the local economy and in the log home industry and remains upbeat about the future, both immediate and long-term. Honest Abe continues to be one of the most highly-regarded companies in the log home industry, a position it has occupied for most of its three decades, staying in the upper echelon amidst a great deal of industry shake-up. Over the years the company has also been a significant part of one of the largest collective employers in its home of Clay County, providing dozens of jobs and hundreds more in Tennessee and across the U.S. through other direct sales locations and dealers. The past has been bright and company officials feel the future is bright. There’s a reason for that optimistic outlook. “Our father founded Honest Abe with a commitment to hard work, developing exceptional products and satisfying customers, and nothing has changed through the years,” said Shane Smith, Honest Abe’s COO and the son of the company’s co-founder. “That commitment to excellence has stood the test of time and will continue to.” Shane Smith, along with his mother Janie Smith, the company’s co-founder and CFO, and Shane’s sister and Joint Operating Officer, April Smith Patterson, are at the helm of the familyowned company. “Our commitment to quality and value set us apart from many in the industry a long time ago,” said Patterson. “That commitment has helped see us through some difficult times and will allow us to continue to help people realize their dream home for many years to come.” Doug Smith was an engineer by vocation, and he showed his keen eye for detail in the way he lead Honest Abe. “My husband always said there is another key component to the commitment of quality and value – people,” Janie recalled. “You can’t provide a quality product with the value we have always emphasized without quality people.” © 2014 Honest Abe Log Homes


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Always on the cutting edge

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onest Abe started out primarily selling log home packages to do-it-yourselfers from its national headquarters and a couple more direct sales models. How times have changed.

Always looking to the future, Honest Abe developed relationships with several independent “dry-in” construction crews to expertly assemble their packages, was among the first log home companies to offer kiln-dried logs and added more and more product lines as complements to log packages. Multiple log profiles, as well as timber frame homes, have also been added to the original chinked-style profile. Heavy-timber roof packages, doors and windows are only a few of the many products we offer. Buyers can (and do) turn to Honest Abe for more than just logs. The company also places a heavy emphasis on log home education. Honest Abe hosts multiple log-raising events, construction seminars and manufacturing plant tours throughout the year so our clients can see the process (and people) behind quality products and construction. Honest Abe is also just one of a large group of diversified wood product companies dedicated to using every possible part of a log and its by-products. Honest Abe was a “green” company long before that was fashionable. Sister mulch, lumber and sawmill companies have focused on conservation, waste reduction and value-added recycling as far back as 1970. Honest Abe has greatly expanded its dealer network during the past 20 years. Once, the company’s main focus was on direct sales through its four company models located in Tennessee, and those models have helped thousands of people realize their dream home. Over the past two decades, Honest Abe has added dozens to its dealer network to better serve people looking for a high-quality, affordable log home. Chances are, there’s a dealer near you.

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ith over 35 years of experience, expertise and stability, Honest Abe is poised to serve even more generations of people looking to build their dream home.

The company has survived several economic peaks and valleys through its commitment to a quality product, produced by quality people, with an emphasis on value. It’s one thing to say you are a top-flight company, but it’s another to have more than three decades of proof. Honest Abe has that. It’s always a good time to buy an Honest Abe home. Experience, quality products and construction, proven stability, environmentally-friendly practices, learning from the past and looking to the future, along with a staff dedicated to helping people realize their dream combine to give you “what you’ve always wanted.”

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Custom Log Homes

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Honest Abe offers dozens of log home floor plans, but custom design has always been the lion’s share of what we do. Our very experienced design team can do about everything imaginable: start from scratch, work from your own plan, modify one of our existing plans and everything in between. We’ve started with little more than a sketch on a napkin more than once. Whatever your needs, we can bring your dreams to life! This modified Westport model is a perfect example. A family came to us, and fell in love with the Westport, but they needed some extra space for their growing family, including an attached garage at one end and a master bed and bath on the other. They asked: “Can you do this?”

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... to finish! No problem. Working from the family’s sketch on the extra space, the Honest Abe team quickly added several hundred much-needed square feet for a two-car garage and a spacious master suite. They also added an elevated porch accessed from the loft for enjoying their country surroundings. Within just months, the family’s dream went from an idea to this beautiful country home. Remember, custom homes are what Honest Abe is all about. We believe every home is distinctive, and we’ll take your ideas to make your home a special one.

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10 Steps to Owning your Log Home

Step 1: Research Research, Research

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Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you’ve already started the process of building the log or timber home you’ve always wanted. Researching log homes can be a fun process, and there are plenty of educational outlets available. Websites, magazines, home shows and local events are all available and dedicated to log, timber frame and rustic homes. Be sure to take notes! There’s more than one way to build a log home, so you’ll be exposed to a variety of information. Keep a binder where you can store magazine clippings of articles and pictures, or gather information directly from the Internet. Once you’ve identified a few companies to focus on, start digging into the details. Talk with their staff, visit their manufacturing headquarters (so you can see the product first-hand) and attend their seminars. This is a great way to identify which company will best suit your plans and vision for your new home.

Step 2: Purchase Land Early

Purchasing your land and building equity into it is more important than ever because of lending practices. However, don’t rush into the choice. It may seem like the perfect property for you, but is it suitable for building the home you want? Zoning and environmental restrictions are not always obvious, so make sure there are no underlying issues. Other issues that may not be immediately obvious could be access to utilities and water, restrictive community covenants and land percolation suitable for a septic system. Finding that perfect piece of land is exciting and will motivate you to continue the process. Having as much of it paid for before applying for a new home loan will certainly be beneficial.

Step 3: Set Goals & Establish a Time Line

It’s important to have a plan, especially when building a new home. Some people build within a year of starting the process, while others may take several years. In either case, setting goals and establishing a time line to build will help you reach important milestones for paying off the land you’ve purchased in time to build or saving for a down-payment on the project.

Step 4: Create a Budget & Pre-qualify

With a time line in place, it’s time to set an overall budget. What can you afford? Take the first step with a lender and pre-qualify for the loan. It can be very educational and allow you to plan realistically and responsibly. A variety of lenders are available and will lend to qualified people building log and timber homes. If you need help finding a good fit, talk to one of the manufacturers (like Honest Abe) on the short list from your research.

Step 5: Start Preliminary Design & Wish List

Now it’s time for the real fun to begin! For many, this journey of building a log or timber home started years ago. During that time, a whole slew of ideas and expectations have floated across your mind. Now is the time to get those on paper. Separate the “must-haves” from the amenities you would include if the budget allows. Start playing with design ideas, and remember that most major manufacturers, including Honest Abe, will design a custom home for you with no added expense over a standard model. It’s also a great time to head to the local hardware store to look at fixtures, or start searching online for rustic design elements. © 2014 Honest Abe Log Homes


Step 6: Order Blueprints, Apply for Loan

It’s now time to decide on a floor plan and manufacturer for your home. The design process will begin, and you’ll be able to start the loan process too. Working with the manufacturer to get your plans just the way you want them will be an exciting process!

Step 7: Get Construction Estimates & Interview Builders

With your new home plans in hand, it’s time to start getting estimates. This will help confirm that your plans meet your proposed budget and also help determine your total loan amount. This is the perfect opportunity to interview sub-contractors and general contractors alike. Ask for references on their work, and follow up before making a choice. If your manufacturer offers building services, make sure the contract you sign is with the manufacturer and not the builder. Some companies will have a program to put you in touch with sub-contractors they have experience with, like Honest Abe’s HELP Build Program.

Step 9: Finalize Loan

You have the hard numbers, the G.C. is ready and the manufacturer you have picked is awaiting the deposit to create your new custom log home. Since applying for the loan in Step 6, you have been in frequent contact with your lender, which is key, because the time this process can take varies. It’s time to sign on the dotted line!

Step 10: Order Package & Place Deposit

A deposit is required to manufacture your custom home, with the balance due when delivered. It’s an exciting time! It’s been a long road, but one with great rewards at the end, and you are finally nearing it. In a matter of weeks, construction will likely begin. Another “Congratulations” is in order.

Step 8: Pick a General Contractor

Based on your experiences through gathering the estimates and talking with contractors, choose a General Contractor to direct the project. Many banks now require a licensed G.C. to manage the construction, but in some cases you may be able to serve in that capacity. Either way, there are various benefits and responsibilities.

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A TRUE Manufacturer of Log Homes

Mill Crafting Your Log Home

On the surface, you would think all log home companies manufacture home packages in their own facilities. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Honest Abe Log Homes is a true manufacturer of log home packages. For over 35 years, we’ve been milling our own logs, crafting each and every custom log home package at our National Headquarters in Moss, Tennessee. In those three decades, we’ve learned that preparation is key and simply cannot be rushed. We begin by selecting only the highest quality Eastern White Pine. To minimize movement, shrinkage and settling in the timbers over time, we combine natural air-drying and kilndrying measures in the manufacturing of every Honest Abe timber. The drying process produces a more stable log and tighter joints for the construction of your log home. Because we don’t believe in rushing this process, Honest Abe averages a nine-month inventory of timbers, something many of our competitors can’t say. This ensures our customers that the logs for their home have already been purchased and are being prepared, sometimes many months before they even become our client. We’re not an average sawmill. Honest Abe uses 3-D modeling and computer-driven equipment overseen by a team of dedicated craftsmen. Every log that goes into your home is cut to exact specifications for a perfect fit, a critical step when it comes to windows, doors and corner notches. Our manufacturing staff members are certified graders under nationallyrecognized Timber Products Inspection (TPI) regulations. In addition to monthly industry evaluations from TPI, we follow our own quality-control process every day to produce the best possible logs for your home. Finally, our craftsmen apply these same principles to the packaging phase, where pre-cut logs are numbered, wrapped and neatly bundled for protection during the delivery. You can know and trust that literally every piece of your log home that comes from our facility has been carefully produced, graded and packaged.

Our GREEN Thumb

Designing, manufacturing and building “green” is not a new concept. Through partnerships with our wood-related sister companies, by-products from each are traded to maximize usability, ensuring little or no waste. Honest Abe uses hardwood sawdust rather than costly natural gas or electricity to produce the heat needed for the kiln-drying process. EPA-regulated and monitored equipment known as “scrubbers” make sure air quality impact is miminal. Pine shavings and chips created through the milling process at Honest Abe are sold for use in animal beddings and soil additives. We also work with customers individually to incorporate green products and practices and to meet and exceed energy code requirements.

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Stability: Found in More Than Just Our Logs

With our own manufacturing and kiln-drying facilities and months worth of inventory, we believe we are one of the most stable and thriving home manufacturers of our size in the U.S. After 35-plus years in business, we continue to produce log and timber homes each week and ship them throughout the country. But don’t take our word for it. We want you to visit us at National Headquarters in Moss, Tenn., and see why Honest Abe Log Homes is the best choice as your log, timber or rustic home manufacturer. You’ll get to speak with our Drafting and Design Department, company executives, manufacturing staff and more. After all, building your dream home is about people dealing with people, and we think our people are our greatest asset. We want you to get to know us. Plant tours are encouraged and, if you like, we’ll even show you around some of our sister companies, too!

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By kiln-drying our logs, we not only remove moisture trapped inside but also destroy insects or their larvae in the “green” logs. We use large, high-temperature kilns (seen here) to dry hundreds of logs at a time. Once stacked inside the kiln, the timbers remain there for three to five weeks. During this time, the temperature inside the kiln is slowly raised to around 180 degrees as a computer-controlled system manages a complex series of fans and the heat generated to dry the logs. The goal of this thorough drying process is to reach a moisture-content level that’s best for the climate at the majority of our building sites. The dry logs are also better prepared to receive the stains and preservatives you may choose to apply. Constructing a kiln-dried log home typically is less labor intensive than building a non-kiln-dried counterpart, with log weight greatly reduced through the process. Each of the timbers is always graded and stamped to meet national codes.

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Milled-D Log (8”x8” & 6”x8”)*

Selection of Log Wall Systems

Our Milled-D log is planed smooth on all sides for a beautiful finish. This log system also features an inserted corner notch and a milled drip edge. These time-tested methods of joinery ensure a air-tight seal that keeps the outside elements outside. The logs are locked together with a large, single tongue-and-groove. A foam gasket and sealer are applied between each course before fastening with screws.

Interlocking Round Log (8”x8”)

The name of this log system speaks to its strength and superior design. The interlocking corners in our milled round 8”x8” log are unique to Honest Abe Log Homes and through the years have performed beyond expectations. Created with unsurpassed strength and “sealability” in mind. The logs are fitted together with a large, single tongueand-groove, while a foam gasket and sealer are applied between each course before the logs are fastened together with screws.

Genesis Log (6”x12” & 8”x12”)*

The Genesis log provides a massive log while avoiding the use of interior chinking (that white stuff between some logs). The exterior is purposely planned with a rough textured surface, and also provides a groove for optional exterior chinking. The interior surface of the log system is finished smooth. A dovetail corner system completes the Appalachian look and feel of this system, and is beautiful when our optional hand-hewing is applied. The logs are locked together with a large, single tongue-and-groove while a foam gasket and sealer are applied between each course before fastening with screws.

Dovetail D-Log (6”x12” & 8”x12”)*

Two classic and highly sought after log styles are combined to present our Dovetail D-Logs. This system combines large D-shaped logs with the same Appalachian-style dovetail corner found on our tradition log systems. The rounded exterior contour and flat interior surface lend a massive appearance to this system. As with our similar styles, the use of a foam gasket and sealer ensures a weather-tight fit when fastened together with screws.

Original Chinked Log (6”x10”)

Nothing offers the true feeling of rustic log home living better than our Original Chinked log system. This log features a rough-textured exterior surface, a smooth interior and the traditional look of the chinked log homes of our ancestors. This log system is constructed with a solid spline between each log course, and chinking material is applied on both the interior and exterior surfaces. Classic dovetail corners complement the look and ensure a tight fit. This log may also be hand-hewn to complete the authentic Appalachian look. The logs are sealed with a large, single tongue-and-groove and fastened together with screws.

Big Sky Log (10” Milled Round)*

The Big Sky Log system represents the rustic appeal of the West. Grand lodges and ranches have been constructed using these very materials since “the west was won.” Honest Abe utilizes these massive 10” round logs for the walls, roof purlins, ceiling beam rafters and support posts. The time-tested Swedish Cope corner system provides an extremely tight fit. This system is available for all of our standard models and any custom home as well. 24

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Quality & Species of Wood Eastern White Pine Use: Log Systems, Posts, Rafters, 1”x 6” T&G & Interior Trim

Eastern White Pine has long been our species of choice for manufacturing quality log home systems. In the early years of Honest Abe other species were used such as Southern Yellow Pine, Poplar, Western Red Cedar and others. We found that none were as well-suited for log homes as Eastern White Pine. It’s with great experience and a long record of superb performance that we have chosen this species. It maintains its stability through the kiln drying process, and it is easy to work with during the construction of a home. Each log used in the construction of a home meets strict “Wall Log 40” grading standards and is stamped with verification. The species is quick growing, affordable and naturally renewable, so it is the perfect “green” choice.

Douglas Fir

Use: Timber Frame System, Ceiling Beams, Girders & Rafters

Strength, rigidity and a beautiful contrasting appearance to our logs have set Douglas Fir apart from other species Honest Abe might have chosen. Honest Abe has found that by using a high-grade #1 & Better Doug Fir for our rafters, ceiling beams and girders, we have increased the value of our product and also boosted the quality. The species has proven to be much easier to build with, reducing job-site waste dramatically. It is also used in our Timber Frame system, creating the structural frame-work for the entire home.

Engelman Spruce & Lodgepole Pine

Use: Big Sky 10” Round Logs, Posts, Purlins & Ceiling Beams, 2”x 6” T&G

Found in our Milled 10” Round Big Sky System, these stately logs are harvested from standing dead timbers of the Western United States. Their diameter provides excellent thermal-mass for naturally insulating a home. Engelman Spruce is also our species of choice for our 2”x 6” tongue and groove, creating the first floor ceiling and second floor decking in many of our homes is and also used as decking atop of rafters. Where many competitors choose to use low grades of Southern Yellow Pine, Honest Abe supplies a premium “Select Deck” grade of Engelman Spruce. In turn, there is almost no waste with this product, and it is much easier to build with. It’s a statement many of our competitors simply cannot make.

Western Red Cedar

Use: Cedar Lap Siding, Fascia, Exterior Door & Window Trim

The dark-red features of this beautiful species of wood creates a beautiful visual contrast between the trim and our logs. Its durability in this application is time-tested and proven. Western Red Cedar Lap Siding is used with our Timber Frame System. It’s often used on gable ends and dormers for esthetical appeal.

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Used most commonly in our ranch-style one-story homes, this style affords the homeowner the option of enjoying large, open rooms and vaulted ceilings. Because of the flexibility of this roof style, homeowners can be more creative when designing the size, shape and placement of interior rooms. Our classic 1”x6” tongue-andgroove interior ceiling finish is part of this solid roof system option.

This roof system offers an affordable option with our classic 1”x6” tongue-and-groove interior ceiling finish. Honest Abe’s conventional rafter roof style is a solid choice for homes with second-floor living space or lofts. Non-exposed rafters allow for the flexibility of vaulted ceilings at an affordable cost. Our conventional-style roof will meet any homeowner’s needs with beauty and reliability.


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SUBFLOOR SYSTEM 1. Foundation (By Owner) 2. Treated Sill, Sill Seal & Termite Shield 3. Joist (2”x 10” @ 16” O/C) 4. Double Header 5. Subfloor Girder & Ledger 6. 3/4” Advantech OSB Tongue & Groove Decking

WALL SYSTEM 7. Log Walls - Includes all fasteners, caulking, gaskets, etc. 8. Window & Door Rough Opening Frames SECOND FLOOR SYSTEM 9. Support Post 10. Ceiling Beam Girder (8”x12”) 11. Ceiling Beams (4”x8”) 12. Header 13. Tongue and Groove Decking (2”x6”) ROOF SYSTEMS 14. Heavy Timber Rafter (4”x8”) 15. Heavy Timber Ridge Pole (3”x12”) 16. Collar Ties 17. Tongue and Groove Decking (2”x6”) 18. Insulation (R-40) 19. Sheathing (7/16” OSB) 20. Felt Paper (30#) 21. Cedar Fascia 22. Trim - Not Shown 23. Conventional Rafter (2”x10” @ 16” O/C and T&G Ceiling) 24. Overhang Rafter (2”x6”) - Not Shown 25. Conventional Ridgepole (2”x12”) 26. Soffit Framing 27. Soffit / Vents 28. Dormer Framing (2”x 4”) 29. Gable End Framing (2”x 4”) 30. Gable End Sheathing & Weather Wrap 31. OSB Nail Base (Log Siding) - Not Shown 32. Log Siding (Timber Frame Systems use Cedar Lap Siding) 33. Roof Truss & T&G Ceiling PORCH & DECK SYSTEM 34. Porch & Deck Piers (By Owner) 35. Porch & Deck Framing (Treated) 36. Decking (Treated) 37. Porch Posts / Plates / Angle Braces (6”x6”) 38. Porch Rafters (4”x6”) 39. Porch Roof Decking (2”x6” T&G) WINDOW & DOOR UNITS 40. Insulated, Double Hung, Tilt-Sash Wood Windows (Options Available) 41. Insulated, Wood Grained, Fiberglass Doors (Options Available) INTERIOR ITEMS 42. Interior Wall Framing (2”x4” / 2”x6” As Needed) 43. Stair Stringer (2”x12”) 44. Stair Tread (2”x10”) 45. 1”x6” T&G for Interior Walls* - Not Shown 46. Baseboard & Ceiling Trim (1”x5”) 47. Interior Doors (Solid Pine - 6 Panel) ITEMS NOT SHOWN: • Ventilated Roof Components • Interior Gable Siding • Porch Rails & Spindles • Exterior Finish • Borate Wood Preservative • Clad Windows* • Engineered I-Joist* • Heavy Timber Stair Package* © 2014 Honest Abe Log Homes

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Used most commonly in our ranch-style one-story homes, this style affords the homeowner the option of enjoying large, open rooms and vaulted ceilings. Because of the flexibility of this roof style, homeowners can be more creative when designing the size, shape and placement of interior rooms. Truss roof systems are affordable and common throughout our Genuine Select packages.

Developed with the quality you expect from Honest Abe Log Homes with economy being the main focus, the Genuine Select Series of package contents is just what you’re looking for. This package line up provides a lot of value, providing a classic log home look with a more budget conscious approach without compromising on quality. Specifically, a Genuine Select package utilizes either our Conventional or Truss Roof Systems. Porch posts, plates and rafters consist of smaller dimensional materials. Interior tongue and groove, trim and doors are removed. Conventional floor joists are used in place of exposed ceiling beam rafters used in our Legacy Series. Want to add additional products not typically included in the Genuine Select package? No problem, we will always maintain the flexibility to make your Honest Abe Log Home package just right to suit your needs. Š 2014 Honest Abe Log Homes


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SUBFLOOR SYSTEM 1. Foundation (By Owner) 2. Treated Sill, Sill Seal & Termite Shield 3. Double Header 4. Subfloor Girder & Ledger 5. Joist (2”x 10” @ 16” O/C) 6. 3/4” Advantech OSB Tongue & Groove Decking 7. Joist Band

WALL SYSTEM 8. Log Walls - Includes all fasteners, caulking, gaskets, etc. Excludes the 10” Big Sky System 9. Window & Door Rough Opening Frames SECOND FLOOR SYSTEM 10. Second Floor Joist (2”x 10” @ 16” O/C) 11. 3/4” Advantech OSB Tongue & Groove Decking 12. Second Floor Girder CONVENTIONAL ROOF SYSTEM 13. Collar Ties (2x) 14. Sheathing (7/16” OSB) 15. Felt Paper (30#) 16. Cedar Fascia 17. Conventional Rafter (2”x10” @ 16” O/C and T&G Ceiling) 18. Overhang Rafter (2”x6”) 19. Conventional Ridgepole (2”x12”) 20. Soffit Framing with Vents TRUSS ROOF SYSTEM 21. Sheathing (7/16” OSB) 22. Felt Paper (30#) 23. Cedar Fascia 24. Soffit with Vents 25. Soffit Framing 26. Roof Truss (2”x4”) GABLE END AND DORMER SYSTEM 27. Gable End Framing (2”x 4”) 28. Gable End Sheathing & Weather Wrap 29. OSB Nail Base (Log Siding) - Not Shown 30. Gable End and/or Dormer Log Siding PORCH & DECK SYSTEM 31. Porch & Deck Piers (By Owner) 32. Porch & Deck Framing (Treated) 33. Decking (Treated) 34. Porch Posts / Angle Braces (4”x6”) 35. Porch Plate (4”x6”) 36. Porch Rafters (2”x6”) 37. Porch Roof Decking (1”x6” T&G) WINDOW & DOOR UNITS 38. Insulated, Double Hung, Tilt-Sash Wood Windows (Options Available) 39. Insulated, Wood Grained, Fiberglass Doors (Options Available) INTERIOR ITEMS 40. Interior Wall Framing (2”x4” / 2”x6” As Needed) 41. Stair Stringer (2”x12”) and Stair Tread (2”x10”) ITEMS NOT SHOWN: • Ventilated Roof Components • Porch Rails & Spindles • Exterior Finish • Borate Wood Preservative • Clad Windows* • Engineered I-Joist* • Heavy Timber Stair Package* • Interior Log Siding* © 2014 Honest Abe Log Homes

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Interior 1”x6” T&G* Interior 1”x5” Trim* Interior Doors*

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Big Sky System

Have you ever dreamed of owning your very own log home nestled in the woods or mountains or maybe by the lake? You might have pictured the large rustic lodges seen in the Northwest nestled against a backdrop of snow capped mountain ranges with crystal clear lakes, aspen groves and Ponderosa pines. Welcome to the Big Sky System. Finding the right log style to fit your rustic setting is made easier with Honest Abe’s Big Sky System. Using 10” milled round logs, Honest Abe can style any of our standard models to fit your Big Sky needs. Any of our models can be adapted to use the 10” round timbers for log walls, ceiling beams and rafter or roof purlins. Better yet, bring us your own design, and we will add some Big Sky flare. 30

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SUBFLOOR SYSTEM 1. Foundation (By Owner) 2. Treated Sill, Sill Seal & Termite Shield 3. Double Header 4. Subfloor Girder & Ledger 5. Joist (2”x 10” @ 16” O/C) 6. 3/4” Advantech OSB Tongue & Groove Decking

WALL SYSTEM 7. 10” Milled Round Log Wall System with Saddle Notch Corners - Includes all fasteners, caulking, gaskets, etc. 8. Window & Door Rough Opening Frames CEILING BEAM SYSTEM 9. 10” Milled Round Support Posts 10. 10” Milled Round Support Beam 11. 10” Milled Round Ceiling Beam (48” O/C) 12. Tongue and Groove Decking (2”x6”) BIG SKY PURLIN ROOF SYSTEM 13. 10” Milled Round Roof Purlins 14. 10” Milled Round Purlin Supports 15. 1”x6” T&G Ceiling 16. Conventional Ridgepole (2”x12”) 17. Conventional Rafter (2”x10” @ 16” O/C) 18. Sheathing (7/16” OSB) 19. Felt Paper (30#) 20. Cedar Fascia, Soffit and Vents GABLE END AND DORMER SYSTEM 21. 10” Milled Round Log Wall System for Gable Ends 22. Conventional Dormer Framing (2”x 4”) - Not Shown 23. 10” Milled Round Half-Log Exterior Siding - Not Shown PORCH & DECK SYSTEM 24. Porch & Deck Piers (By Owner) 25. Porch & Deck Framing (Treated) 26. Decking (Treated) 27. 10” Milled Round Porch Posts 28. 10” Milled Round Porch Plate 29. 7” Milled Round Porch Rafters 30. Porch Roof Decking (2”x6” T&G) and Felt Paper WINDOW & DOOR UNITS 31. Insulated, Double Hung, Tilt-Sash Wood Windows (Options Available) 32. Insulated, Wood Grained, Fiberglass Doors (Options Available) INTERIOR ITEMS 33. Interior Wall Framing (2”x4” / 2”x6” As Needed) - Not Shown 34. 10” Split Log Heavy Timber Stair Material ITEMS NOT SHOWN: • Ventilated Roof Components • Porch Rails & Spindles • Exterior Finish • Chinking - Interior and Exterior • Borate Wood Preservative • Clad Windows* • Engineered I-Joist* • Interior Log Siding* • Interior 1”x6” T&G*

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Timber Frame System (8”x8”)

Timber Frame Homes

Do you love the interior, natural look of wood, but want a more traditional exterior or more decorative flexibility on the interior? If so, then a Timber Frame home is the choice for you. 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. For those with a deep desire for a rustic home, our Timber Frames have become a popular choice no matter if they are located in a busy metropolitan suburb or in a rolling country landscape.

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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. Our Timber Frame System offers old-world country charm with superb flexibility to add color or decorative style to the interior. Our attention to detail can be recognized through the quality of the craftsmanship. 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. 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. They’re a beautiful, economic and flexible choice for the rustic home you’ve always wanted. 2014 Honest Abe Log Homes


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SUBFLOOR SYSTEM 1. Foundation (By Owner) 2. Treated Sill, Sill Seal & Termite Shield 3. Joist (2”x 10” @ 16” O/C) 4. Double Header 5. Subfloor Girder & Ledger 6. 3/4” Advantech OSB Tongue & Groove Decking

WALL SYSTEM 7. Timber Frame Posts, Plates and Angle Braces 8. Wall Panels (7/16” OSB - Insulation - Sheet Rock) 9. Cedar Lap Siding or Log Siding SECOND FLOOR SYSTEM 10. Support Post 11. Ceiling Beam Girder (8”x12”) 12. Ceiling Beams (4”x8”) 13. Header 14. Tongue and Groove Decking (2”x6”) ROOF SYSTEMS 15. Heavy Timber Rafter (4”x8”) 16. Heavy Timber Ridge Pole (3”x12”) 17. Collar Ties 18. Tongue and Groove Decking (2”x6”) 19. Insulation (R-30) 20. Sheathing (7/16” OSB) 21. Felt Paper (30#) 22. Cedar Fascia 23. Soffit Framing / Vents GABLE END & DORMER SYSTEMS 24. Gable End Timber Frame Posts, Plates and Angle Braces 25. Gable End Wall Panels - Not Shown 26. Gable End Weather Wrap - Not Shown 27. OSB Nail Base (Log Siding) - Not Shown 28. Gable End Cedar Lap Siding - Not Shown 29. Dormer Framing (2”x 4”) - Not Shown PORCH & DECK SYSTEM 30. Porch & Deck Piers (By Owner) 31. Porch & Deck Framing (Treated) 32. Decking (Treated) 33. Porch Posts / Plates / Angle Braces (6”x6”) 34. Porch Rafters (4”x6”) 35. Porch Roof Decking (2”x6” T&G) WINDOW & DOOR UNITS 36. Insulated, Double Hung, Tilt-Sash Wood Windows (Options Available) 37. Insulated, Wood Grained, Fiberglass Doors (Options Available) INTERIOR ITEMS 38. Interior Wall Framing (2”x4” / 2”x6” As Needed) 39. Stair Stringer (2”x12”) 40. Stair Tread (2”x10”) 41. 1”x6” T&G for Interior Walls* - Not Shown 42. Baseboard & Ceiling Trim (1”x5”) - Not Shown 43. Interior Doors (Solid Pine - 6 Panel) ITEMS NOT SHOWN: • Ventilated Roof Components • Interior Gable Siding • Porch Rails & Spindles • Exterior Finish • Borate Wood Preservative • Clad Windows* • Engineered I-Joist* • Heavy Timber Stair Package*

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Visualizing Common Design Elements

Porches & Decks

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Shed Porch: A classic style porch. Most Honest Abe plans feature an 8’ width.

Gable Porch: Characterized by its peaked roof, it’s perfect for opening up views of the surroundings.

Deck: Best suited for creating outdoor entertainment or relaxation areas. Has no roof to cover it.

Roof Styles

Heavy Timber Roof: A vaulted roof with exposed 4”x8” Douglas Fir rafters, collar ties and trusses.

Conventional Vaulted: A vaulted roof without exposed timbers. Can include exposed collar ties by design.

Standard Truss: A standard truss roof with a flat ceiling. Usually the most economical and flexible of the styles.

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Dormer Styles

Shed Dormer: Create the most room in the second floor with a shed dormer.

Gable Dormer: Provides extra floor space in second floor rooms and also allows more natural light in.

Ceiling Systems

Heavy Timber Ceiling: Our standard ceiling system on most of our homes. Provides an exposed 4”x8” Douglas Fir

Conventional Ceiling: Built with conventional 2”x10” joists and sheathed with 1”x6” T&G or sheetrock.

Open & Closed Valley Roofs

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Madison Floor Plan with Modifications See Page 27 of our Floor Plan Guide

1,463 Square Feet Approximate

Excluding Finished Basement 3 Bedrooms & Bathrooms ~ Office Great Room - Pantry ~ Utility Area ~ Wet Bar Living Room ~ Storage ~ Outdoor Living Areas

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Custom Home 3,250 Square Feet Approximate

Additional 1,180 SF Guest House 2,236 SF of Porch ~ 790 SF Attached Garage Total of 6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms Dining Area ~ Great Room ~ Utility Room Craft Room ~ Office ~ Enclosed Breezeway Screened Porch ~ Loft

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Darlington Floor Plan with Modifications See Page 15 of our Floor Plan Guide

1,450 Square Feet ApproximatE

1 Bedroom & Bath ~ Loft ~ Great Room Front & Back Porch

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Bellewood Floor Plan with Modifications See Page 11 of our Floor Plan Guide

4,100 Square Feet Approximate

3 Bedrooms & Baths ~ Great Room ~ Balcony Family Room ~ Dining Area ~ Study Front & Back Porch

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Grandfield Floor Plan with Modifications See Page 19 of our Floor Plan Guide

2,600 Square Feet Approximate

3 Bedrooms & Baths ~ Great Room ~ Office Mud Room ~ Dining Area ~ Loft

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Our HELP Build Program

HELP Build Program

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During the process of designing, manufacturing and delivering your package, Honest Abe will help put you in contact with professional builders to complete your log or timber home. With the HELP Build Program, we want to Help Everyone Locate Professional Builders to complete the construction and finishing process of your Honest Abe home package. The HELP Build Program is grounded in Honest Abe’s original dry-in service that is available in limited areas. During the dry-in stage, we will complete the following: • First floor framing and subfloor • Set the log or timber frame package • Construct the ceiling beam system • Build the roof system • Erect the gable ends • Install soffits, fascia and dormer trim • Install exterior doors and windows • Rough-in the interior walls and stairs • Build porches and decks Expanding on the dry-in service, the HELP Build Program makes it possible for new log home owners to get the kind of assistance they need for finishing their Honest Abe log home package with help from local independent contractors in your area. Honest Abe will assist you in locating qualified tradesmen, such as log home builders, electricians, plumbers, masons, excavators, etc. All will be professional and experienced in their trades.

Honest Abe’s goal is to help you in establishing a business relationship with only the best qualified people. Utilizing a thorough review process with stringent standards, Honest Abe has developed a comprehensive contractor network to assist you in completing your log home. These contractors specialize in: • Excavation • Septic Take Placement • Drywall • Carpeting • Roofing • Stain Application • Trim Work • Foundations • Plumbing • Tile • HVAC • Landscaping • Painting • Electrical Whether you need help in only one area or with the complete project, our HELP Build Program can offer the solution

HELP Build services are available in select locations. See an Honest Abe representative for availability in your area. HELP Build provides a listing of independent sub-contractors as a service to the customer. Honest Abe recommends that all customers obtain additional references before hiring any sub-contractor.

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Year-Round Events &

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Log Raisings

Home Tours Honest Abe Log Homes has established a reputation in the log home industry over the past three decades for producing high-quality materials, providing superior craftsmanship and extending exceptional pricing – all to deliver the best value to the people we serve. We also believe in educating log home enthusiasts on the industry in general, and Honest Abe in particular. The more you know about log homes, the better your building experience will be. The more you know about Honest Abe (and our people), the more you’ll like what you see. That’s why we hold several different types of events each year to educate folks on how to bring their dream to life. We hold these events at National Headquarters in Moss, Tenn., and other locations. We’re sure you’ll find one or more you’ll want to be a part of.

Log raisings

If you’re considering building a log home, this is a “must-do.” You’ll see up-close how an Honest Abe Log Home is put together, from the ground up. Our experts will show you how to: • Assemble the floor system, • Join together the walls, • Create window and door openings, • Install beams and ceilings, and • Apply the roof system, including soffits and fascia. At the log raisings, we’ll also discuss log home care and maintenance and give you a tour of our state-ofthe-art manufacturing facilities. Best of all, you can talk one-on-one with the Honest Abe team of experts. © 2014 Honest Abe Log Homes

Several times during the year, home tours are held at our four direct sale centers in Tennessee and at many dealer sites. The tours will give you an opportunity to see the finished product and how so many other Honest Abe home owners have brought their dream to life. Home tours generate many ideas on how you might finish your home. Bring your camera!

Construction Seminars

The seminars are designed for serious do-ityourselfers, conventional home builders and even log home builders. The two-day events have a mix of technical classroom instruction, along with practical, hands-on experience. If you’re serving as your own general contractor or have hired your own builder, either you or your builder can attend.

Plant Tours

You will get a plant tour as part of a log raising (above), or you can schedule one independently. Our manufacturing pros will show you the latest technology and how it’s applied to give our customers the best possible home.

For More Details

You can get specific dates and times on all our special events by visiting our website (www.honestabe.com) or calling the Honest Abe location nearest you.

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