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Cut AC Costs with Ice Bear Batteries

What if you could cut your AC bill by as much as 40 percent without losing comfort?  Ice Bear batteries use a unique approach with ice to save energy dollars. Reducing AC costs can mean significant savings in homes with central air —they often spend as much as half of their electric bill on cooling.… Read more »

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Green Tip: extremeconcrete® Offers Unique Colors & Custom Options

Concrete has emerged as a popular option for countertops and other surfaces in Katahdin Cedar Log Homes. One manufacturer, Merge Design, took lessons learned from 20 years of concrete work to take their product to another level with their eco-sensitive, extremeconcrete®. We spoke with company president Peter Bustin about what makes extremeconcrete® different. Bustin started… Read more »

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Plan Your Ideal Log Home Landscaping

So often we see log home owners who have invested so much time in developing their log home, they forget they’ll need to install some sort of landscaping to help their new home shine. Even the simplest of log home landscaping plans need a budget and some planning to be successful. Here are some tips… Read more »

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Green Tip—LED Ceiling Fan

Many log homes take advantage of tall cathedral ceilings by installing ceiling fans and lights. The challenge is when the bulbs need changing! We located these gorgeous rubbed bronze Interceptor LED ceiling fans by Casa Vieja at LampsPlus.com for good looks and energy efficiency both inside and out. They’re rated for damp locations so, lakeside… Read more »

Driveway Pavers Can Solve Runoff Issues

Many municipalities are taking a closer look at rainwater management within their residential areas, and some are levying surcharges based on paved areas. One way to avoid rainwater runoff issues is with permeable driveway pavers instead of complete cover asphalt or concrete driveways. We love the look of pavers and these AZEK® Permeable Pavers are… Read more »

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Back to Basics: Log Home Financing

Navigating the market for construction financing can be challenging for folks who plan to build a log home. Katahdin Cedar Log Homes has researched lenders who are better equipped to understand the details of log home construction — and also have some great advice to secure your construction loan and long-term log home financing. We… Read more »

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Green Tip: Water Saving Self-Cleaning Toilet

Often the most innovative designs in toilets seem to come international sources, but this water saving toilet from American Standard has some Euro flair— and it cleans itself! The VorMax Plus toilet combines innovative design with automatic cleaning with a FreshInfuser secreted away in an easy access compartment behind the seat. The FreshInfuser automatically dispenses… Read more »

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Katahdin Dealer Update—New Additions & Relocations

We really count on our talented network of Katahdin dealers to guide customers through the planning and building of a new Katahdin or Arborwall home. When one of our best Maine-based builder/dealers made a decision to relocate to be closer to family and warmer weather, we did everything we could to assist their transition. Aaron… Read more »

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Loft Balcony Adds Air, Light & Views to Log Home Lofts

Lofts are such cost-effective ways to add living area to your Katahdin Cedar Log Home. That’s why we love this innovative loft balcony that opens your loft up to the outdoors. The Velux Cabrio Loft Balcony is easy to operate and has some great features that make it a perfect addition to your loft design.… Read more »

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Spring Log Home Maintenance is Easy!

Winter can be tough on homes, especially if your area experiences snow and colder temperatures. Just like any other type of home, it’s smart to run through your spring log home maintenance checklist to keep your Katahdin Cedar Log Home in great shape. We’ve identified some top maintenance items to check this month. One of… Read more »

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Green Tip: Smart Outdoor Sprinklers

The onset of spring means planning for a gorgeous lawn and gardens. Many homeowners opt for outdoor sprinkler systems that can keep your landscape green and gorgeous all season long! Sprinkler systems are now even smarter than ever and will monitor weather conditions to conserve water when it’s not needed. We noted two new systems… Read more »

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Spring Events: Log Home Show Wrap-up Plus Open House!

Our log home show schedule is wrapping up in April and May with great events for folks to learn more about Katahdin Cedar Log Homes. In April we’ll travel to Harrisburg, Pa., with a final stop in May in Lake George, N.Y. We’re also working hard to schedule our next Logapalooza event so stay tuned… Read more »