Honest Abe Log Homes: Diamond Haven on the Hill
WINNER: Log Home (3,000 to 4,000 sq. ft.)
Manufacturer: Honest Abe Log Homes
Builder: Honest Abe Dry-In Services & Wallace Custom Builders
Location: Lebanon, Tenn.
The focal point of this 3,183-square-foot log home is the floor-to-ceiling west wall in the great room, where the sunset is living art in every season. Throughout the 1,935-square-foot main floor, European white oak with a weathered aluminum oxide finish complements the light gray interior walls, and the pine log exterior walls and pine ceiling planks are stained dark natural. Natural stone, chosen for its earthy tones, forms the fireplace with a gas insert. The live-edge mantlepiece inscribed with “Haven on the Hill” was crafted from a fallen tree from the owners’ first home in Nashville. The great room’s visually stimulating vaulted ceiling is of heavy timber construction with Douglas fir beams stained walnut. The timber frame breakfast nook is framed by a brick-fringed entrance. The half-hexagonal room has a built-in window chest for storage, painted drywall and a tongue-and-groove pine ceiling with exposed Douglas fir beams stained walnut. Wide, east-facing windows on each wall are installed at a height that takes advantage of morning light while offering privacy. Outside, the nook is covered in natural stone.