This month we explore the different ways you might explore building your "green" log home. There are multiple national and local certification programs, and so we provide an overview for some of the most well-known approaches.
As part of our summer home show tour we discovered an artist who combines metal, wood and stone in a thoroughly unique way. He followed his dream to move to Maine and craft his concepts for traditional and modern settings. Summer also is time to keep an eye out for invasive species-both plants and insects-that can decimate your natural surroundings. We spoke with two experts to find out steps to prevent infestation.
Umbrellas can help to add hours of extra enjoyment on sundrenched decks and patios, and one even helps to collect rainwater! And finally, a return to air drying your laundry might be a green antidote to high energy bills.
Maine Artist Creates Natural Look with Steel and Stone
The first time you see Matthew Capps work it’s striking how delicate he can make steel and stone look. His one-man studio, Rock Wood & Wire Designs, is the result of listening to his artistic heart and following his dreams to northern Maine. See more here.
Green Certified: What does it really mean?
Green is the buzzword of this decade and we seem to find it cropping up in some of the most unlikely places. In general, most people can agree that managing the environment and controlling our consumption is a responsibility that humans share. But what does green really mean when it comes to shelter? We compare four better known green programs for homes here.
Keep Invasive Species at Bay
Enjoying the outdoors lifestyle is one of the appeals of owning a log home. But for many urban transplants or weekend naturalists, it’s important to maintain good stewardship of the forests and waterways that surround your log home. Click here to learn about threats to healthy forests and water habitats from invasive species.
Outdoor Umbrellas Add Shade and More
During the dog days of summer we decided to look at ways to beat the heat with umbrellas. Learn more.
Green Tip: Outdoor line drying
Our grandparents had the right idea when they hung their laundry outside to air dry. Today, families looking not only to save on fuel consumption but also keep clothes from excess wear are returning to outdoor drying as a simple, green, money-saving solution. See how.