Mother Nature reminded us early in November that we live in a snowy state. Though early, the snowstorm was not unusual. The foot-plus of snow did cause some power outages-but it got us back into practice for winter.
As the very busy log home and seminar season winds down, we want to alert you to the final fall Katahdin Log Home Seminar scheduled at Belcamp, Md., on Saturday, December 6, 2014. These seminars are a terrific way of understanding the whole project from the very beginning to the day you first open the front door of your new home. We’ve had tremendous turnout for our seminars this fall, so you’ll want to reserve your place soon!
This month we launch a new series of articles, Katahdin Form+Function, which will serve as a primer for certain aspects and details that are unique to log homes, and Katahdin in particular. This month we tackle purlins, an essential design detail as well as important component of the roof system.
The majority of our customers end up building their log homes in rural settings. This month we focus on how to estimate the cost of bringing power from the road to your home. Estimating the infrastructure costs of a location is an essential part of budgeting and electricity can be a large component.
Also useful in rural settings is a vehicle to help with the workload. For those who need a little more than a riding mower but not quite a full-sized tractor, utility vehicles are often the perfect choice. We review some of the aspects to consider before buying.
Finally, we take a look at rustic lighting and tips for illuminating the interior of your log home to highlight the features you love. And, a recent trip to Europe by our editor highlighted how Europeans have figured out conservation and sustainability. It’s a "just right" mindset that, if adopted here, may help to save money and resources.
We hope you’ll enjoy this month’s newsletter! If you have any article suggestions, please drop us a line and we’ll try to include them in upcoming newsletters. Just click here to reach us.
Katahdin Form + Function: Purlins
One feature that many Katahdin customers find so appealing in our log homes is the purlin beams that make up the roof system. Purlins form the visible underlying structure to the roof and allow for the soaring ceilings that grace many designs at Katahdin. Learn more.
Off-road Utility Vehicles: Five Tips to Consider
While most suburban homeowners are able to tackle outside chores with a simple riding mower, a more rural location often has more heavy-duty needs. Homeowners who plan to be more self-reliant in a rural location should consider adding a four-wheel drive utility vehicle to their garage. Check out the options.
Rustic Lighting Fixtures-Options & Resources
Rustic-themed decorating can be a fun option in a log home, but it’s important to make sure you’re keeping a balance between design and functionality. Lighting a log home can be challenging, since the wood interior walls tend to soak up the available light. You’ll want to design in plenty of electric lighting options and get it right the first time around. Read more.
Construction Basics: Getting Power to Your Site
Many Katahdin customers choose to build on raw, undeveloped land, often requiring a significant investment in infrastructure before the house construction even begins. One element that can involve considerable cost is electric service. Read more.
Green Tip: Save Resources Like a European
It doesn’t take much time across the Atlantic to understand that Europeans have a lot of practice conserving scarce resources. And one of the key starting points is thinking smaller. Read more.
Final Fall Seminar Scheduled + Dallas Log & Timber Home Show!
If your in the Baltimore area, you won’t want to miss the daylong Log Home Seminar in Belcamp, Md., on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Or, meet Katahdin dealers at the last fall log home show on November 14-15 in Dallas, Texas. Get the details here.