The couple wanted their log home to be so comfortable, Daniel Boone would have improved.
Ken grew up around log homes in eastern Tennessee and always hoped to live in one someday.
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“We wanted it to look like a pioneer lodge,” Ken says, “the type of home where if Daniel Boone came back, he’d feel comfortable.” That vision helped the couple narrow their choice to a home with a simple, classic shape — complete with dovetailed corners.
Ken sketched out his ideas, and he and Joy took them to Honest Abe Log Homes in nearby Moss, Tennessee. There, they worked with the staff to refine their plans. The finished home offers first-floor living for the couple with plenty of loft space for visiting children and grandchildren. The main living space resembles a traditional “keeping room” with a stone fireplace, wood beams overhead and wood floors. Upstairs, the couple specified extra ceiling height to give the bonus spaces plenty of head room.
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To create the timeless look the Claytons wanted, they took their cues from historic cabins, like those with steep gable roofs uninterrupted by dormers. Some of the “must haves” on their list included: