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Mountain Masterpiece | Photos of a Smoky Mountain Log Home

The great room provides a central location where Tyra and Jeff Armrein host parties, which range from intimate family get-togethers to gatherings with lots of friends. The fireplace placement raised some eyebrows, as many involved in the project were concerned about it blocking mountain views — but it works. Crafted with manufactured stone, it rises […]
by Holly O'Dell | Photos by James Ray Spahn
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Log Home Great Room
The great room provides a central location where Tyra and Jeff Armrein host parties, which range from intimate family get-togethers to gatherings with lots of friends. The fireplace placement raised some eyebrows, as many involved in the project were concerned about it blocking mountain views — but it works. Crafted with manufactured stone, it rises the entire height of the great room (28 feet) and features a headdress hand-stitched by a local Cherokee Indian, who also made the bow and arrow below the headdress.

Log Home Sitting Nook in Loft
A carved eagle with nest perches on a beam high in the ceiling and above the loft railing that depicts a nature scene with howling wolves, black bears and 12-point stags.

Log Home Kitchen
A character post that showcases an owl carving frames the spacious kitchen. The stone-faced island complements the honey-colored hues of the logs. Tyra bought green cabinetry and had coffee-colored stain applied to it to achieve an antique look.

Log Home Master Bathroom
Tyra wanted the windows above the master bathroom tub to tell a story, so she commissioned a local artist to create two stained-glass panes. A waterfall that flows into the tub is positioned below the two windows.

Log Home Loft
Another cozy nook in the loft has it's own view through large gable windows. Recessed lighting, table lamps and a chandelier hanging above the staircase provides supplemental lighting.

Log Home Dining Room
The stamped copper ceiling in the dining room is reminiscent of an old penny. Hickory lines the floors throughout the home, and Tyra hired a local company to apply a stain that gives every square inch a reclaimed look.

Gorgeous Log Home
One of Tyra's criteria for her home was a spacious back deck. The 95-foot-long outdoor-living space offers views of downtown Gatlinburg. "We get the morning sun there, but in the heat of the day, it's completely shaded," says Tyra. Mountain laurel, pine trees, maple and oak provide a backdrop for the 5-acre property.

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  1. Hi Alice,
    Dust will settle on any horizontal surface, but if you use a clear sealer on both the inside and the outside of your logs after you stain them, you should only need to feather-dust the ledges about once a year. Also, a central vacuum system helps make it easy to keep your house clean. You might also try posting your inquiry on LogHomeU.com to see if any of the members there have encountered or solved this problem. Best of luck!

    Danielle TaylorNovember 7, 2011 @ 10:24 amReply



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