It’s been a bumpy ride for the economy over the last few months, but there are a few positives to keep in mind. Home mortgage rates have dipped even lower to historical levels, so if you’re waiting to lock in financing, there’s never been a better time. It’s also a time to take stock of your log home company’s financial soundness.
At Katahdin, we’ve made a continued effort to find ways to be more cost-effective, to reinvest in our people and manufacturing facilities, and to keep a hedge for the tough times. You can feel comfortable in the way we’ve managed our finances and resources. It’s our commitment to our customers, and it has never been stronger. If you have any questions, we invite you to contact us directly.
This month we explore a new issue that is gaining more attention: the possibility of local building codes requiring fire sprinkler systems in residential construction. This is an interesting controversy and one that may or may not play out in your state or local municipality. We talk about the benefits, what’s involved and whether it’s a good investment to include a sprinkler system in your log home.
Water gardens can add appeal to your new home, especially if your property doesn’t include a natural body of water. We talk about the essentials in planning a water garden with an expert. We also explore what’s available to help get your garage organized in your new log home, and what you can do prior to moving to make storage much easier. Finally, our Green Tip explores the water conserving benefits of the dual flush toilet. With so many areas suffering from record heat and drought this summer, this appliance can really make a difference in your domestic water consumption.
Water has such a soothing effect, it’s no surprise that homeowners pay a premium for properties containing water, whether it’s a lake, a river, an ocean or a stream. But it’s also possible to add a water feature to your property and reap some of the rewards. Learn more here.
Residential fire sprinkler systems are now included in code guidelines for construction, but enforcement is limited and they are mandatory in only a few states. We take a look at benefits and downsides to these systems. Read more.
Moving into a new log home offers the chance to reorganize your tools, lawn care items and other garage "stuff" so that you can actually park a car in the garage. New storage options make the task of keeping everything in its place easier than ever. See how.
Whether water is plentiful or scarce where your new log home is located, water shortages may be making news in the coming years. One of the biggest water wasters in any home is the household toilet. Click here to learn how dual flush toilets can make a difference.