Welcome back to our 53rd Anniversary celebration, where each week we are featuring a Real Log Homes Independent Representative (IR) that has handed the company down through the generations. Today, we are featuring Walnut Ridge Log Homes. Just like O.R. Gooch, the Walnut Ridge story begins as the tale of a happy Real Log Homes customer.
Mike and Linda Miller purchased a Real Log Home in 1983 and built it with the help of their uncles and aunts, as well as a few hired professionals. While they were building the home, scores of people would stop by just to see the log home being built. Since their home was on a farm in rural Henry County, Kentucky, it was clear that these onlookers were not just passersby but genuinely interested in log homes. The continued public interest after the Millers had completed the home convinced them that they should go into business selling Real Log Homes.
While the Millers have now built hundreds of Real Log Homes, they still live in their original home from 1983. They have made a few additions, including a three car garage with matching log siding, but still love their log home. Second generation Walnut Ridge owner Nick Miller says that the company “want(s) you as happy with your home in 20 years, as you are the day you move in.” Certainly the Millers are living this ethos as well!
While Nick was part of the original build crew on the Millers’ house, he admits that at four years old he wasn’t much help. However, you couldn’t keep him away from a hammer and he would spend hours hammering nails as best he could. Since that time, Nick has witnessed a great deal of progress in the log home industry. He cites Tim-bor treating, in which logs are preserved with a non-toxic borate solution, as one of the most important advances in the industry.
Asked to name one of his more memorable projects, Nick thought that a home in Mammoth Cave stood out. Certainly the massive half round log staircase and great gourmet kitchen are very attractive features and the individually themed guest bedrooms are a unique touch. However, what really commands your attention is the black bear climbing the 23-foot tree/post in the living room!
Nick’s son Nixon is too young to express his desires for the future, but Nick said he would love to pass the business down to his daughter “if being a fairy princess falls through for (her).” We hope you’ve enjoyed another look at one of our multigenerational IRs, and hope you’ll join us next week for our final feature on Hatke and Son.