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Super Hard Fossilized Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring has been a popular flooring for many years, in part because of its reputation as a highly renewable wood product. As with many wood- or plant-based flooring, conventional bamboo flooring may show scratches and wear more than a hardwood surface like oak or maple. One company has taken bamboo’s green aspect and used… Read more »

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Green Tip: Door-In-Door Refrigerators

Nothing destroys a refrigerator’s efficiency like standing in front of it with the door open. The engineers at LG have taken note of mothers who—a million times a day—say “Close the refrigerator door!”  The LG Door-in-Door Refrigerators™ offer auxiliary doors that allow access to refrigerated compartment for drinks and snacks without opening the full door.… Read more »

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Katahdin Form+Function: Sketch, Quote and Design

One of the best aspects of building a Katahdin Cedar Log Home is the opportunity to create your own unique log home.  Our experienced design team is ready to convert your ideal design into a home that meets your needs and budget—and with careful consideration—the extras that make it your own.  We thought it would… Read more »

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Hearth Treatments for Kitchens

In early homes, the fireplace hearth was more than just a source for heat, it was an essential element of the kitchen. Now some kitchen designers are reinventing the kitchen hearth with a look that can be rustic or classic. We think it’s a great look for contemporary log homes as well. The hearth design… Read more »

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Mudrooms and Laundry Rooms’ A Great Combination

Many homeowners with active families now include a first floor laundry and a mudroom area to keep the main part of the house a bit cleaner and more organized. First floor laundries situate the washer and dryer adjacent to the kitchen in many instances to make it easy to get the wash done while preparing… Read more »

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Three Spring Shows Remain- See Where We’re Setting Up

We just completed one of our popular Log and Learn seminars in Texas and we’re working on the next location, so stay tuned! If you can’t attend a seminar, a log home show is a worthwhile step to get started on your own log home. Katahdin has local dealers on hand at each show below… Read more »

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Survey Results Are In!

The survey provided some interesting and positive insights into the mood of our readers—similar to feedback we’re seeing at log home shows, events and ongoing conversations. An overwhelming majority felt that the economy was better or the same year over year (83%) and that their own family was better off or about the same (81%).… Read more »

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New Texas Seminar and Upcoming Log Home Shows

Join Katahdin experts and dealers in your area for LOG & LEARN TEXAS, planning seminar and home tour on Saturday, March 7. You’ll get the inside scoop on designing, site selection, energy efficiency and financing for your log home. Space is limited and admission is free, so you’ll want to reserve your spot by clicking… Read more »

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New Appliances on the Horizon

Reports from the Consumer Electronics Show last month in LasVegas indicate that the convenience, multitasking and the “internet of things” are leading innovation in household appliances. Most of these appliances should be available later this year. Seeing double LG introduced a new Twin Wash washing machine that offers a smaller separate washing drum for smaller… Read more »

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Katahdin Form + Function: Customization

One of the most enjoyable parts of building a log home is the opportunity to make the design match your personal tastes. Katahdin offers many detail options for customization once you’ve identified the general plan you’re working with. It’s best to balance design choices with your budget in the overall, but there are customization options… Read more »

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Tiling Update: Understanding the Upcharge

Tile is a very popular design feature for many areas in a log home: bathrooms, kitchens, and mudrooms are some of the places where beautiful tiles can add color and visual interest. But there are differences in tile installation costs, depending on the style, size and other factors. Handmade tile can be more time-consuming to… Read more »

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Green Tip: Pocket Doors

When designing a log home for maximum space efficiency, interior doors are big space hogs. A conventional hinged swing door can take up 14 square feet in space required to operate and clear obstacles. That’s a lot of unusable space: a dozen doors requires about 120 square feet of wasted space!  In a tight budget… Read more »

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Tap into Black

Some of the newest looks in kitchen and bath hardware faucets, handles and other tub and sink applications are finished in matte black. It’s a smart, fresh look and we think it pairs exceptionally well with a log home interior design. There are a couple of secrets to making black faucets work. First, make sure… Read more »

Green Tip: Tax break or not?

Tax incentives for energy efficiency and alternative energy upgrades are a mixed bag in 2015. The Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit, which covers solar hot water, solar photovoltaic, wind, fuel cells, geothermal heat pumps and other alternative resources, is in place through 2016. The tax credit covers 30% of the cost of installing most systems,… Read more »