Logs and Legacies
A Chat with a Custom Timber Homeowner – The Spradling Home
Building a log home is an exciting experience, one many people wait years to endeavor. But, all the planning, decisions, and waiting can also be a little scary. We at CTLH understand that. And so do our past customers, who have traveled the path to log home happiness and lived to tell about it.
That’s why we are beginning a new series on our website called “Logs and Legacies.” We will highlight a different homeowner we’ve had the pleasure of working with, and they will get a chance to tell their story. Every homeowner is unique, and so is his or her tale, so check back each month for a chance to hear from someone who has first-hand knowledge of the log home building experience.
Our first interview for logs and legacies is with Ann and Allen Spradling. Married 40 years in February, the Spradlings’ home is tucked into the trees on the outskirts of Maryville. Ann, retired from the medical field, enjoys sewing, working jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with her ever-expanding family. Allen, retired from the Sea Ray Corporation, now spends his days tending his crops, which he sells at the local farmers’ market. In the winter, he can be found cultivating his new seedlings or working in his shop.
The Spradlings’ home is a single level log home with a full basement. The main living area is upstairs and the basement remains unfinished space below the home. The home is constructed of 6 x 12 logs with a hand-hewn exterior and Dovetail corners. It is comfortable, homey, relaxed. However, on a night in late May 2010, the Spradlings’ homestead was anything but relaxed.
Ann and Allen, along with family and friends, watched helplessly as flames billowed from their home. Within hours, the house was a total loss. “We had worked together for over 30 years on that house,” Ann remembered. “There was a lot of sentimental value in there.” The loss of their home was difficult; however, Ann and Allen quickly began looking ahead to their future home.
“We knew we wanted to rebuild right here,” Allen said. “This was my family’s land. There was no question where we would put our new house.”
With the help of Chris at CTLH, the Spradlings planned their new home’s floor plan. They wanted essentially what they had had in their previous home, with a few changes. “Chris flipped it around for us,” Ann said. “I like having my kitchen at the back of the house. I can see the mountains better.”
When asked if there were things she had specifically requested to have in her new log home, Ann’s eyes lit up. “A big pantry. I really wanted a nice, large pantry, not the little one I had before. Chris made sure I got it.” Allen requested a Jack-and-Jill bathroom between the two bedrooms upstairs. He got that, too. “It’s called ‘Custom’ for a reason,” Allen said. “They’ll help you make it how you want it.”
I asked them if it was difficult planning a new house while still mourning the loss of their old one. “Sure,” Allen answered. “But, we had a good builder in Bo