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A Family Retreat in Snowmobile Country

When Don and Shelley Stewart first visited Pittsburg, N.H, they fell in love with the location.  When the time came to build their family retreat, they wanted to create a destination that would serve their family for generations to come. Though they had first explored conventional construction, their builders, Harold (Chummy) and Lynne Lassonde of… Read more »

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Back to Basics: Interior & Exterior Finishing

One important step in completing your Katahdin Cedar Log Home is the interior and exterior finishing. Because most of the surfaces inside and out of your home are bare wood surfaces, it’s essential to treat these surfaces to protect the wood and provide a lasting finish. We spoke with Ricki Shields, a log home finish… Read more »

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See Log Homes in the Mountains!

We’re heading to higher elevations to kick off summer. Combine your love of log homes with one or both of these high altitude events in May and June. Either way, you’ll be able to breathe some fresh mountain air and experience log homes in a new way. Western Maine Mountains A-MAY-Zingly Multiple Log Home Event,… Read more »

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Green Tip: Wafer Thin LED Down Lights

One of the drawbacks to recessed lighting is the need for clearance to mount the light’s can or driver. We first spotted these wafer-thin LED luminaire lights created by CSE, a full-service product developer based in Norton Shores, MI, at the 2019 International Builders Show. Their potential for use in Katahdin Cedar Log Homes was… Read more »

Custom groin ceilings add visual interest in Katahdin Cedar Log Homes.;

Distinctive Arches & Ceilings

Most homeowners love adding a custom feature that makes their Katahdin Cedar Log Home uniquely theirs. Yet, often custom carpentry comes with a custom price tag. One Texas company, Archways & Ceilings, offers a way to add custom curves to anywhere in your log home, with prices that won’t break the bank! Origins in Southern… Read more »

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Laundry Jet Makes Laundry Fun!

If you’re tired of lugging laundry baskets up and down the stairs and picking up after the kids, then the Laundry Jet powered laundry chute is one feature to consider adding to your new Katahdin Cedar Log Home. Using a vacuum air powered network of pipes connected to convenient ports, wherever you want, the Laundry… Read more »

Retractable Screen Windows Extend Seasons

Gazebos and porches are the perfect way to extend the outdoor living area of your Katahdin Cedar Log Home. Make your gazebo or porch a three-season room by installing these innovative retractable screen Scenix™ Porch Windows from Larson Manufacturing. Scenix™ combines the fresh air flow from screens with unobstructed, panoramic views. With these porch windows… Read more »

Afirewater water vapor fireplace adds ambiance safely in your Katahdin Cedar Log Home.;

Green Tip: Water Vapor Fireplaces Add Drama

If you love the look of fire, but you’re concerned about safety and indoor air quality, there’s a fireplace solution for your new Katahdin Cedar Log Home. The Afirewater™ water vapor fireplace  may be a great option for real fire ambiance, with no flames, combustion gases or particulate matter. Because its fiery effect uses water… Read more »

Sun Blinds Add Privacy & Shade

Many Katahdin Cedar Log Homes are designed with attached pergolas, porches and decks. Adding sun blinds is an ingenious way to add privacy and control solar exposure to expand your outdoor areas. One Canadian company, Pylex, developed this system using their unique hardware system, that’s customizable for just about any location. Pylex manufactures their sun… Read more »

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Back to Basics: Plumbing, HVAC, Electric

Once your Katahdin Cedar Log Home is enclosed, the work will begin on your home’s interior systems for water, power, connectivity, heating and cooling. We checked in with long-time Katahdin Dealer Bill Ryan, of North Point Contracting, to get the skinny on inside work on plumbing, HVAC & electric. Since each of these tasks will… Read more »

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Still Two Spring Log Home Shows on Tap!

We’re heading to the hills for our two final log home shows of the spring: the Adirondacks and the Smoky Mountains! For traditional log home getaways, there’s nothing like the Lake George NY traditions in the scenic Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. For country charm and appeal, the Smoky Mountain areas of Sevierville and… Read more »

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Back to Basics: Landscaping

With all the focus on the design and details of your Katahdin Cedar Log Home, it’s easy to neglect planning and budgeting for landscaping. Often the last time a new homeowner thinks about the setting for this major life investment is when selecting the land. But that beautiful spot needs some help recovering from the… Read more »