As the year winds down and we spend time with family and friends, we like to take a look at where the next few months are taking us. If you’ve attended any of our events -log home shows or log home seminars- you will have noted the increased enthusiasm in our industry.
We’d like to check in with you, as we sometimes do, to see what you think about log homes and our housing market. To that effect, we’ve created a short survey for you to share your thoughts and views anonymously. We want to take a snapshot of how our friends are looking at log homes. To take the survey, please click here.
In this issue, we continue with our Katahdin Form+Function series, taking a look at our Energy Envelope System in detail. You’ll learn just why we are so excited about how we can make your log home as energy efficient as possible without sacrificing whole log construction.
An important part of a well-sealed and insulated home is ensuring that it is well ventilated to maintain indoor air quality. We talk to an expert on indoor air and learn how heat and energy recovery ventilation can make a difference in your family’s health.
Stones and log homes just seem to go together. Many owners use stonework to complement their investment. We offer some tips to look for when hiring a hardscape designer to get the most out of this landscaping option.
And just when you thought you knew an appliance, manufacturers introduce all kinds of great features. This month we look at new options for dishwashers that can save time, water and energy. For our Green Tip, we look at the new ratings that the EPA provides for wood stoves and review the efficient types now available.
If you have any ideas you’d like to see explored in this newsletter, we’d love to hear from you. Just click here to reach us.
Katahdin Form+Function: The Energy Envelope System
In our ongoing exploration of Katahdin Cedar Log Home features, we explore the Energy Envelope System (EES). EES is the result of 41 years of working to maximize the energy efficiency of our beautiful log homes constructed from Northern White Cedar.
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Indoor Air Quality: Tips and Resources
For those homeowners in pursuit of a highly energy efficient home, a well-sealed house can create its own challenges. However, proactive ventilation is essential to maintaining healthy indoor air quality. Indoor air quality can be affected by a broad range of contaminants, some that can be avoided, others that need special remediation. Check out the options.
Hiring Hardscape Contractors
Log homes take to stonework very well, and many log home owners enhance the exterior of their homes with some hardscaping to define the landscape, add outdoor entertainment areas or make their land more accessible. Get tips here.
New Trends in Dishwashers
Most dishwasher manufacturers have improved design with lower water use, better cleaning, and intelligent concepts to meet the needs of busy households. We found some interesting new features that you might want to consider. Read more.
Green Tip: Wood Stoves and Efficiency
Wood stoves can be a wonderful way to provide extra warmth and comfort in cold months. The EPA is stepping up the monitoring and stove manufacturers are required to label wood stoves with smoke and efficiency ratings so that consumers can compare models based on these factors. Read more.
Nine Spring Log Home Shows Scheduled!
We can’t wait to get rolling on next year’s log home show tour! The coming winter/spring schedule will offer folks plenty of chances to meet with knowledgeable, local Katahdin dealers and representatives. Get the details here.