Fall is starting to give us a nip in the air. The colorful foliage and harvest bounty makes for a wonderful season in northern New England! Fall also marks the log home show and Log Home Planning Seminar schedule that is well underway for our staff and dealers. This time of year is a busy but enjoyable time for us as we get to meet so many wonderful people all over the country who share our enthusiasm for log homes.
For those who are just starting out, log home shows are an excellent place to start narrowing down the options that fit your dreams and you budget. We’ve also scheduled three Log Home Planning Seminars to provide a more in-depth conversation about log homes and what Katahdin has to offer our customers. These seminars also include a tour of a nearby Katahdin Cedar Log Home, offering a truly personal experience.
In this edition of The View From Up North newsletter, we gather some expert advice on elements you might include in your log home dream. We talk with a custom cabinetmaker about ensuring that, if you do opt for custom cabinets or built-ins, the final result will be beautifully integrated in the kitchen, living or master bedroom.
The rural quality of log homes also thrusts many new log home owners into the role of woodland management. We talked to a woodland expert for small woodlots to get some helpful tips and resources on where to begin when developing a management plan.
We sometimes forget to mention the flexibility Katahdin’s Energy Envelope System™ (EES) offers for interior walls. The cedar tongue-and-groove paneling that comprises the innermost layer of the EES can be shaped to the profile of a round log, planed flat or replaced by other wall surface treatments. We’ve collected some of the really great ideas some of our customers have used in varying the interior walls-an option you won’t find available with other whole log wall manufacturers.
Finally for our Green Tip we go big in the laundry room with an energy- and water-saving washer and dryer combo that can handle large loads that many active families experience.
Expert Advice: Custom Cabinets and Built-ins
Log homes hold so many opportunities for custom cabinetry and built-ins that we thought it would be a good idea to explore what’s involved in contracting with a custom cabinetmaker. Get some tips here from our source.
Five Tips for Managing Your Woodlands
Many log homes are situated in relatively rural areas, and log home owners find that with more acreage comes a few more responsibilities. Woodlands require monitoring to maintain a healthy forest. Our expert recommends five steps to initiate a plan that can carry a healthy forest through generations to come. Click here to learn more!
Energy Envelope Offers Interior Flexibility
One of the great benefits of the Energy Envelope System-besides code-compliant energy conservation in a whole log systems-is the flexibility it offers to home owners who want to mix and match log and other wall treatments on the inside of their homes. View the slideshow here.
Green Tip: High Capacity Laundry
Often times, the "green" part of appliances that reduce energy or water consumption translates into a smaller capacity. A new laundry duo doesn’t sacrifice capacity for energy and water savings. Click here to see how!