The View From Up North: Log Home NewslettersSeptember 14, 2011
September is a turning point for the season: back to school, closing up summer retreats and finalizing our fall schedule at Katahdin. The next few months usually prove to be busy ones at the mill, with extended building seasons for our more southerly customers. Our fencing division is likely to continue long hours working to produce cedar fencing for people who had property damage from Irene.
Speaking of hurricanes, it seemed like an appropriate time to take a look at flood insurance. Most homeowners' insurance does not cover damage caused by flooding, which was why Vermont was affected doubly hard. Most people near the flash flood areas had never experienced that kind of water flow.
This month we also explore sensible ways to assess just how much space in your new log home should be allocated to eating. The formal dining room has, for many families morphed into something more casual.
Outside, we uncover a rustic way to add interest to your garden areas, through living willow fences. These types if fences are not difficult to start and can provide a fun, ongoing gardening project for generations.
Finally in the Green Tip, we take a look at the environmental benefits of centering on a single fuel to power five essential consumers in the typical home: space heating, water heating, clothes drying, cooking and fireplaces.
We're going to be spending quite a bit of time on the road this fall exhibiting at log home shows around the country. We've provided our schedule below. We hope to meet you soon!
Many people are re-examining the amount of space they need - especially if you're downsizing toward retirement or trying to cut long-term costs. Today's more casual lifestyle, far-flung families and busier schedules have worked a transformation on the eating areas of a home. We take a closer look at some of the factors to consider when configuring eating areas. Learn more here.
For log home owners looking for an interesting and fun landscaping project, a willow sculpture, arch or living fence is a charming addition to gardens. Learn how easy it is to get started on this early spring project here.
With the devastating floods from early hurricanes this season, it seemed to be a good time to review flood insurance. Many homeowners in high-risk locations are well aware of flood insurance, but you may be surprised about your liability. See how.
With increased emphasis on energy efficiency in the building envelope, some builders are also taking a hard look at the fuels used within the home. One approach focuses on employing a single fuel to power the home's five key fuel expenditures to maximize efficiencies in a whole-home energy package. Learn more here.
The new season of log home shows will begin shortly, and Katahdin Cedar Log Homes is planning its exhibition schedule. Visiting a log home show in your area can provide some unique benefits for prospective log home owners. Click here to find a log home show in your area.
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