The foliage turned quickly and gloriously here in Maine, capping off our favorite season. Many of our friends took advantage of the beautiful scenery to drop by for a mill tour in Oakfield. If you’re headed our way, we’d love to show you around! Just give us a heads-up and we’ll show you the ins and outs of how we manufacture Katahdin Cedar Log Homes. For directions, click here.
This month we explore two aspects of the bathroom, energy- and water-saving shower heads that satisfy and freestanding spa tubs. It’s part of a trend where homeowners are emphasizing a luxurious experience with practicality at the front.
If you’re considering a rooftop solar photovoltaic array, a metal roof may make the installation and continued operation of such a system more practical than traditional shingles. And if you’ve got the solar panels, what better way to use the power than by installing a high-efficiency mini-split heat pump?
Finally, kitchens are usually the most expensive room to furnish in a new log home. We take a look at kitchen cabinets and offer some tips on how to make the right choice for a log home setting.
As always, we’ve got some terrific opportunities to learn more about log homes and what makes Katahdin’s log homes a sound investment. There are still log home shows planned for this fall and another two Log Home Seminars in November and December for more in-depth information.
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Kitchen Cabinets in Log Homes
Like hardwood floors, the option of wood cabinets can be too much of a good thing in a contemporary log home. Wood finished walls and floors can make beautiful wood kitchen cabinets fade into the background, losing their design impact. As a result, many savvy log homeowners opt for a painted or color stained finish to make their cabinets stand out. Check out the options here.
Bring in the Spa: Free Standing Tubs
If a freestanding tub is part of your fantasy master suite, careful planning will make this retreat become a reality. We take a look at some of the factors that go into including a freestanding tub in your master bath design. Learn more.
Less Water and Better Showers
Conserving water and saving on energy costs are some of the driving forces behind low-flow showerheads. But the quality of the shower experience is often less than optimal. Technology has brought back the enjoyment to low-flow showers, and there are a number of options that can still save water and energy without compromise. Read more.
Solar Panels and Metal Roof Systems
If you’re considering investing in photovoltaic solar panels on your new Katahdin Cedar Log Home, you may want to consider a metal roof system in place of traditional shingles. See five reasons why.
Green Tip: Mini-split Heat Pumps
Mini-split or ductless heat pumps are a great option for heating or cooling log homes. They avoid the need for ductwork normally used for forced air systems and can provide heating and cooling for a seasonal home or guest quarters, as well as year-round conditioning to complement solar or wind electricity. Read more.
Upcoming Log Home Seminars & Shows
We’ll be setting up in our own backyard at the Log and Timber Home Show & University in Portland, Me., October 17-18 and at a daylong Log Home Seminar in Mansfield, Mass., on November 8. Learn more.