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Green Tip: Energy Saving Smart Thermostats

Smart, programmable thermostats are an essential part of your energy saving heating and cooling profile. Most manufacturers estimate 10-15% savings on heat and as much as 20% on cooling. We wondered about the options for energy saving smart thermostats available on the market today. Here’s a rundown: Nest Thermostat E Nest provided groundbreaking technology with… Read more »

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Smart Smoke Detectors

If you’ve ever spent time listening for the low-battery chirp of an old school smoke detector, you’ll understand why these new smart smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are so cool. We also found some nifty workarounds for existing smoke alarms that can send smart phone push notifications without having to replace existing smoke alarms.… Read more »

Back to Basics: Dealers, Designs & Deposit

Once you’ve decided to move forward with your plans to build a Katahdin Cedar Log Home, the process of getting your custom log home under contract, in our calendar, and confirmed with a money deposit is next.  We spoke with Katahdin’s Tyson Weeks, Dealer and Sales Support Specialist, who works with new customers to get… Read more »

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Back to Basics: Log Home Energy Efficiency

One of the most important decisions for long-term comfort in your Katahdin Cedar Log Home will be the level of energy efficiency you opt to include in your plans. Log home energy efficiency is often more than simply meeting code requirements and has the potential to give you control over your living expenses for decades… Read more »

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Back to Basics—Needs and Wants

After spending lots of time dreaming about your own custom Katahdin Cedar Log Home, it’s tempting to add features based on what’s trending on Pinterest or the latest glossy magazine article. But most folks have limited budgets and need to identify the basic elements needed as well as what optional features make sense. The determination… Read more »

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Back to School Means Fall Log Home Shows

Summer vacations are winding down and that means road trips for fall log home shows! You’ll want to save the date for these great fall log home shows, including a new destination for the Katahdin team in Great Falls, MI. Log home shows are a great way to become better informed about Katahdin’s dedication to… Read more »


Universal Design Friendly Bathrooms

Universal design is a great approach to designing a home that makes it easier to live in when mobility can be a factor. It includes commonplace options like single level living, wider doorways and halls, and other features to allow families to remain in their homes longer. Bathrooms can offer specific challenges, but when universal… Read more »


Designing the Perfect Garden Shed

A well-appointed garden shed can be a great way to organize your tools, store gardening supplies and set aside a workspace for potting, seedlings, and other garden activities. Here are some great ideas to consider when thinking about your new log home’s garden shed. Location— Siting your garden shed is an important factor. Create a… Read more »


Green Tip: LG Twin Wash with Sidekick

Sometimes you need to wash just an item or two and don’t have time for a full load to accumulate. Or, a few delicate items need a quick wash at a different temperature than the full load. LG has a great solution for these tiny loads: the LG Twin Wash with Sidekick pedestal. The LG… Read more »


Back to Basics: Determining Your Budget

There are a lot of elements to building a beautiful Katahdin Cedar Log Home and determining your budget is an important one to initiate. Even if you’ve constructed a home before, it’s important that you, your dealer, and your contractor have a detailed budget to work from to avoid costly, unnecessary expenditures. We spoke to… Read more »


Durable Engineered Wood Flooring Solves Problems

Many Katahdin Cedar Log Homes feature walkout basements—they’re such a great use of space for additional living area. The challenge is finding a wood flooring product that can work in a basement environment, which can have added humidity. One manufacturer, Cali Bamboo, has developed an engineered GeoWood flooring that is water resistant and designed to… Read more »


Back to Basics: Land Acquisition

  The location of your Katahdin Cedar Log Home is a key element to achieving your dreams. Land acquisition is an important first step in building your new log home. If you’ve purchased land already, don’t stop here, there are still some steps and due diligence you’ll want to take before designing and constructing your… Read more »