The View From Up North: Log Home NewslettersApril 12, 2011
The season has really got things bustling here in Oakfield. Many of you may not be aware of our two other divisions, Katahdin Cedar Fence and Cedar Ideas. Both of these operations use the cedar that isn't large enough for our log homes to create beautiful, long-lasting fencing and outdoor accessories, such as planters, window boxes and gardener's benches. If you're getting the spring fever bug, you might want to check out Cedar Ideas for planters and window boxes to spruce up your outdoor areas!
One of the biggest purchases for a new rural home can be a light duty tractor. These versatile and powerful units can have a multitude of options, and this month we explore some ways to determine what's best for your new spread.
You've heard of the slow food movement, where local foods are enjoyed in a relaxing atmosphere? Now there's a "slow home" movement that looks at ways to make homes more sustainable and to reunite families for more social pursuits. It's a theory of design that integrates families and communities in what some consider more healthy and meaningful ways. We take a look at what elements you might consider including in your own log home design.
For many folks a woodstove is an important element to include in their new log home as an alternative source of heat. In the first of a series on fuel choices, we examine the different options for fuel and stoves, including cut wood, wood pellets and pre-formed bricks. Next month we'll explore the fuel options for a traditional furnace.
And for the gardeners, our Green Tip this month will discuss one natural way to control garden pests, including those pesky Japanese beetles.
Tractor Time-Five Tips for Selecting the Right One
Relocating to a rural area can be an exciting time but can also pose new challenges for the urban or suburban log home owner. Depending on your location and your activities, it may make sense to invest in a tractor to get the job done in your new home. We spoke with John Deere's Dan Paschke for some ideas on where to start. Read more here.
Slow Home Design Can Make a Difference
The trend toward downsizing is an economic reality in today's market. Closely related to this trend toward downsizing is the "slow home" movement, which takes a more community focus, designing for utility, sociability and sustainability. Learn more here.
Wood, Pellets or Bricks: Answers to Burning Questions
In the first of a two-part series about conventional fuels we'll explore options for heating your log home. Today there are many options for keeping your home comfortable in winter months. Selecting the right one for your needs can be challenging considering the choices available. Click here for a comparison among wood-based options.
Green Tip: Organic Pest Control with Guinea Fowl
Pest control can become an issue when carving out a home site in a wooded area. In some areas, deer ticks (carriers of Lyme disease) can pose a considerable threat to humans and animals. One natural way to control pests is the Guinea fowl. Learn how to add them to your garden.
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