“I wanted a home style that would match the middle Tennessee scenery,” says Priscilla. “I grew up in Golden, Mississippi, with more traditional homes, so ‘cabin style’ is not my typical style. But after living in downtown Nashville for several years, James and I were ready for a home that felt cozier than our modern condominium.”
Through the years, Priscilla and James had fallen in love with Center Hill Lake — and the marina near the small community of Silver Point, in particular — located about an hour east of Nashville.
James, a native of Celina, Tennessee, not far from Honest Abe Log Home’s national headquarters, had previously built an Honest Abe structure to accommodate his business office, and the couple had visited several houses by the 40-year-old company. After touring the “Cambridge” model in Crossville, Tennessee, and meeting Honest Abe independent dealer Dallas Powers, they were certain Honest Abe was the company that could deliver their singular vision.
“We loved the idea of hiring a local company,” Priscilla shares, adding, “and I loved how unique we could make our home.”
Priscilla and her mother, Linda, worked together to draft a floor plan that encompassed must-haves like a dog bath in the garage, a porch for outdoor living, a man cave for James and a 1,530-square-foot walkout basement with a wet bar, lounge and exercise room.
“We wanted a modern flair with simple, clean lines and something different than the typical cabin,” Priscilla explains. “We chose log siding, since we didn’t want to have too much exposed wood on the inside. The timber frame interior is rustic and cozy but not over-the-top.” Melissa Copas, an Honest Abe designer for more than 20 years, drafted the final plan for the two-story house.
Priscilla and James used Honest Abe’s dry-in service to construct the home. “They were very quick,” Priscilla says excitedly. “It was great to come by every afternoon and see the progress. They were helpful in answering our questions and accommodating all our needs. They really seemed to take pride in the project and treated it like their own.”
Once the home was erected, contractor Richard Norton stepped in to oversee the cabin’s completion, which included installing plumbing and electric; lighting, bath and kitchen fixtures; and cabinetry. Applying interior and exterior paint and stain, as well as the roofing materials were also handled by Richard’s crew.
“He did an excellent job blending the dried-in home with my chosen finishes,” Priscilla raves. “I was involved in this build every day, from design of the plans to fixtures to plumbing to small woodwork decisions and last minute adjustments.”
“Staining the cabin white was my idea, and James loves it, too,” Priscilla says. “Along with the white exterior, we decided to paint the interior tongue-and-groove ceiling white. My contractor and painter cringed, but we were adamant. It covers the wood grain, which most builders hate, but it offers great contrast between the stark white cathedral ceiling and the deep brownish-gray stained wood beams in the living room.”
Both Priscilla and James said that despite the challenges inherent in building any type of custom home, it was well worth the effort.
“Now we have a home that is just what we envisioned — a perfect blend of our styles,” Priscilla says. “I just don’t feel that we could have a more unique house by building it any other way.