As the winner of the category “Outstanding Model/Sales Center,” the impetus for the Cambridge was a realization about changes in customers’ expectations for their wood homes. These changes are reflected in the design and style of an eye-catching house that is built from the new Honest Abe Log Homes Cambridge floor plan and serves as the centerpiece of the Crossville Honest Abe Model Home Center. Many clients now look for creative concepts that utilize a variety of natural products. The Cambridge incorporates tile, stone, exposed timbers and other elements in the design, but at its core, the beautiful logs that make the home.
Multiple rooflines, expansive outdoor areas and a very open design within reflect established features customers expect. Incorporating both log and timber frame elements, the exterior of the Cambridge combines logs with features of the Craftsman style, including rock pylons, double porch posts and exposed trusses underneath a wide front gable.
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 traditional, Appalachian style dovetail corner system. The open design of the 1,864 SF first floor, complete with a see-through fireplace as a centerpiece of the dining, living and kitchen areas, invites conversation and celebration.
Patio doors open onto a large covered porch with a wood-burning fireplace, extending the downstairs living space. The timber frame sunroom accessible from the kitchen also offers exterior access, creating the perfect office or studio. Three spacious bedrooms, one downstairs and two upstairs, are each distinctively different. The staircase landing is actually an open room soaked in light from vaulted ceilings and warmed by a second story fireplace. The 956 SF upstairs brings total the living space to 2,820 SF. Surrounding the home are 1,700 SF of wide, covered porches.
Among the many benefits of the design are naturally lighted, built-in reading and office spaces, hidden storage areas and luxury bath and dressing rooms. An original Honest Abe Log Homes design of our in-house team with designer Michael Hix taking the lead, the Cambridge was planned to present two facades so that the hundreds of thousands of passersby on Interstate 40 between Nashville and the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee may have clear and different views of the home from each approach, enticing them off the interstate for a tour.
To make room for the Cambridge model home, Honest Abe, which has had a presence in Crossville since 1993, sold and moved two existing log homes, reworked utilities and performed extensive site preparation. As conceived, the beautiful, imposing, well-positioned and hard-to-ignore Cambridge model is now serving as an example of creativity and excellence for potential clients, attracting thousands of drive-in visitors during its first nine months, offering potential wood home owners a glimpse into the future of wood home design and solidifying its viability as a primary “forever” home choice.
Open dining room and kitchen Sunroom off dining room built in timber frame style Double opening fireplace opens into dining room and great room. Great room has 1.5 stories of logs, vaulted heavy timber roof, staircase and two-story fireplace. Master bedroom with luxury fixtures and walk-in multi-head shower. Extensive wrap-around porch opening into large covered patio with wood-burning fireplace. Staircase landing forms loft with gas fireplace, open view of first floor great room, access to full bath. Bedroom suite features bay window, extra-large walk-in closet, home office area, access to full bath, heavy timber, exposed rafter roof system. Additional bedroom features dormer window. Bonus storage space in the knee wall area. Full bath incorporates luxury fixtures. Roof system is exposed heavy timber rafter and vaulted ceiling.