One of our favorite activities in Maine this time of year is apple picking. It’s a great time of year to experience sunny days, crisp evenings and pumpkins. A Katahdin Cedar Log Home certainly offers an exceptional base from which to explore the changing seasons.
Fall also is a prelude to winter, which turns our attention to keeping warm and comfortable. One interesting concept is the Passive House, a highly insulated, airtight home that uses 90% less fuel than a conventional home. This month we explore some of the elements that make up a passive house. We’ll continue to examine the components of passive homes in the coming months, and how those components might translate into energy savings for your log home.
In another comfort and energy saving story, this month’s Green Tip offers some tips on adding a three-season room to reap passive solar warmth in the cooler months. We also take a look at a novel treatment for deck rails and balusters that uses marine technology to open up your views and keep your family safe.
August proved to be a wild month for unusual weather. You’ll learn more about how one Katahdin Cedar Log Home survived an unusual event on the east coast. And finally we take a look at ways to add movement and sound to your log home in a most pleasing way.
In the first of a three-part series, we take a look at Passive House construction. The goal of passive house design is to reduce overall energy consumption by 82%, while still maintaining a comfortable living environment. Some of you may find the measures extreme, but we found that there are plenty of ideas that can significantly reduce your fuel consumption in a log home-without breaking the budget or sacrificing comfort. Learn more here.
When dreaming about a new log home, most homebuyers consider rain, snow temperature and other meteorological events as something to plan for. How a log home weathers the unexpected can be a true measure of its strength. Learn how one couple found out how sturdy their home was here.
Decorating is often dictated by the static visual tableau: furniture, fabrics, lighting and views. Elements that incorporate movement and sound can add a new dimension to interior and exterior spaces. Click here for ideas!
Decks can be terrific places to enjoy at your log home. However, if your view is one of the aspects you’d like to include in your enjoyment, safety requirements for railings and balusters can effectively block your seated panorama. One way to meet safety codes and open up the views is to use stainless steel wire to run horizontally. Check out this view!
Porches and decks are a great way to include the outdoors in your log home amenities. Many people are maximizing this transitional space with some simple steps. Click here for tips on creating your own three-season room.
If your looking for some answers to your log home questions, you’ll want to make a reservation for one of our Log Home Seminars. Each event will cover a wide range of information about designing your log home, selecting sites, financing and other questions. We’re also planning to visit four log home shows through November. Check out the schedule!