Green Tip: New Main Electrical Panel Technology


seimens generator ready load centerWith all the technological developments in our powered-up homes, it’s amazing that it’s taken this long for a new approach to the home’s main power panel. Both power from your utility, as well as converted solar power from PV panels all flow through the main panel to all the circuits in your home.

Some companies have incorporated added features like Siemens generator-ready panels that make it easier for homeowners to identify and power essential circuits from a gas powered generator. Siemens’ Generator Ready Load Center is equipped with two interior circuit cavities, both being powered by the utility power supply. Critical circuits are placed in the lower interior, which is backed up by a generator in the event of a power outage. By limiting back up to critical circuits only the homeowner can reduce the size and cost of their emergency generator.

leviton load centerLeviton has approached their load center redesign with a focus on both safety and ease of installation. The Leviton Load Center  panel allows all branch wires to terminate at custom lugs in the panel, making wiring easier and neater—and eliminating the need for pigtails. This means the entire panel can be terminated at rough-in. Once circuit breakers are inserted the connection is completed.

Leviton’s circuit breakers incorporate cutting edge technology and safety beyond code requirements for  groundleviton circuit breaker fault circuit interruption (GFCI) and arc fault circuit interruption (AFCI). The circuit breakers guard against electrical shock and arc fault electrical fires using their patented reset lock out technology. The trip technology offers homeowners an added layer of safety usually available only in commercial grade circuit breakers.

From a design standpoint, the Leviton panel offers a sleek all white design, with easy to read circuit breakers that use LED lighting to note where circuits are functioning properly. The panel door even has a window option to provide a view of circuits to check on operation.

Winter/Spring Log Home Shows Start Up in January!

It’s never too early to mark your calendars for the log home show that’s close to your home! We’ll kick off the Winter/Spring 2019 log home show season in Nashville, Tenn., on January 18-20. Log home shows like Nashville and Columbus are a great way to become better informed about Katahdin’s dedication to quality, efficiency…

Smart Ways to Furnish Log Home Lofts

We love lofts in Katahdin Cedar Log Homes. They add flexible space to log homes without adding to your overall footprint. Because they’re an open space, often overlooking the main living areas, it’s important to be able to utilize the log home loft space well. We’ve checked out some smart ways to furnish log home…

“Steam Punk” Design and Log Homes

“Steam Punk” is an interior design style that adds late 19th and early 20th-century mechanical or industrial items to accent décor. Steam punk design can be found in lighting, furniture artworks or areas like railings. The pieces are often metal— steel, tin or cast iron— and recall the machine age where inventors were designing great…

Back to Basics: Log Delivery Day

When your foundation and infrastructure are close to complete it’s time to schedule and prepare for log delivery day. It’s an exciting moment and one that your dealer will coordinate well in advance to make sure all goes smoothly. We spoke with one of Katahdin’s most experienced log home kit delivery truck drivers, Mike Hanson,…

Back to Basics: Foundations & Infrastructure

The first step in the actual construction process is usually building your home site’s foundations and infrastructure. Infrastructure preparation can include many tasks usually completed by specialized subcontractors using large equipment. Some of the tasks that will need to be completed to prepare your building site for construction include: clearing trees and vegetation from the…

Back To Basics: Final Plans & Payments

It’s an exciting time: you’ve decided to move forward on your Katahdin Cedar Log Home! Your deposit is tendered, you’ve signed off on approved sketches and you’ve reviewed and signed your detailed contract to create a “job.” The next few weeks will involve activities within the design department for final plans and generating an invoice…

Green Tip: Indoor Air Quality in a Well-Sealed Log Home

When it comes to improving energy efficiency in a log home, having a well-sealed building envelope is key. The building envelope is the exterior sides, floor and roof— basically any structure that keeps the outside air out and inside air in. Log homes are no different: a well-sealed log home with perform better over time,…

October’s Logapalooza will be the best one yet!

We’re very excited to announce the next Logapalooza will be held on Saturday, October 20. This comprehensive event will showcase several stunning Katahdin Cedar Log Homes in the Deep Creek, Md., resort area. We’ll return to the great meeting spaces at nearby Garrett College for the seminar portion of Logapalooza, with a cocktail reception on…

Hardwiring Your Smart Log Home

With the ever-expanding list of smart home devices, you can be sure that your home’s wi-fi bandwidth could be seriously bogged down. That’s why more homeowners are having their Katahdin Cedar Log Homes hardwired to free up bandwidth for the array of wi-fi powered devices in the home. This smart log home wiring provides connectivity…

Keep a High Profile — Log Profiles and Corners

Folks considering building a log home often leave some decisions to the last minute, even when the choice can affect the appearance of their log home. Katahdin offers a variety of log profiles and corner options—the one you choose can affect your log home’s appearance and style in the long term. So, it’s a great…

Logapalooza Update — Join Us October 20!

We’re very excited to announce the next Logapalooza will be held next month, on Saturday, October 20 showcasing several stunning Katahdin Cedar Log Homes in the Deep Creek, Md., resort area. We’ll return to the great meeting spaces at  nearby Garrett College for the seminar portion of Logapalooza, with a cocktail event on Friday at…

Love water? Add a Pond!

Your backyard space can have an added dimension with the addition of a water feature. From a simple fountain to a more elaborate garden pond, water adds a relaxing component to outdoor entertaining. There are several ways to add a pond to your Katahdin Cedar Log Home yard terrace or porch, no matter where you’re…