Arthur wasn’t much of a hurricane by NOAA standards, but he sure made his presence known here in Northern Maine. The soaking rain and wind knocked down many 100-year-old trees, and power was lost for a broad swath of Aroostook County.
This month we take a look at an interesting possibility for some of our customers wanting to build a new Katahdin Log Home for retirement or as a second seasonal home. The dealer who hosted our Ohio Log Home Seminar has been able to build several vacation homes for rental use, and directing that income flow toward the mortgage. We take a look at what needs to go into a decision to build your log home as a resort rental.
Smart door locks have become the new alternative to the traditional brass house key. There are a number of options and we take a look at new entries into this market. Carriage houses are a good investment for homeowners who have plenty of space on their property. Their less-expensive finishing, minimal energy efficiency requirements and options for workshops, living space and storage, make them worth considering.
Here in Maine, summertime is what we call the first "burn of the wood": cutting and splitting for stacking and seasoning for the next fire season. To that end, we’ve taken a look at the types of log splitters available for the homeowner. And finally, our Green Tip takes a look at space-saving Murphy Doors that do double duty in small spaces.
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Building Your Log Home as an Income Property
Many log home enthusiasts are exploring new ways to realize their dream of log home ownership. If a vacation or retirement home is the way you envision your log home adventure, designing to appeal to a vacation rental market may enable ownership sooner than you think! Check out the options here.
Smart Door Locks Versus the Brass Key
The keys to a home are much more than basic security, they have become physical icons of ownership for our society. But as the "internet of things" enters our lives through small appliances, cars and entertainment, opting for an home electronic locking system may be the way to go. Learn more here.
Advantages of a Carriage House
Carriage houses recall a gentler time, when families used horses and carriages to transport people from place to place. Homeowners with a larger land parcel have the option to place their log home front and center, while positioning the carriage house to maximize the land and the home design. Learn more here.
Log Splitters-What’s New for Homeowners?
Your new log home sports a beautiful new fireplace or woodstove-now what about the wood? If you’re serious about your wood supply (and many of us here in Maine are) you may want to invest in a wood splitter to save money and time splitting your own wood. Check out the options.
Green Tip: Maximize Space with a Murphy Door
One way to be greener about the design of a log home is to maximize the living space by designing in space efficiencies. These little adjustments can really add up if they are addressed and applied in the planning stages. Enter the Murphy Door, a nifty way to add storage and create whimsey. Learn more.