This bright winter sunshine always energizes us in Aroostook County to be outdoors enjoying the beauty of nature in the winter. Snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, sledding or skating there’s so much to draw us outside! And we manage to keep warm inside with toasty wood stoves and good comfort food.
We also love to meet up with our friends at log home shows this time of year. We’ve added quite a few shows to take the Katahdin team through April. Check out the schedule below. And if you’re in Vermont or the Nashville area, this weekend is the perfect time to learn more about the log home lifestyle and the advances we’ve made in energy efficiency in our log homes.
This month, we take a look at fireplaces-new regulations that some states are implementing, as well as new options for the warming hearth. Just when you thought there was nothing to add to the basic function of the commode, bathroom companies put a new wrinkle on the toilet. We explore some of the new, amazingly high-tech options for toilets.
With the Olympics in Sochi on over the next few weeks, the television takes center stage in many homes. Whether it’s the big game of gaming that appeals to your family, storing, displaying and operating these media centers can be simplified with the right built-in or freestanding media console. We tackle brightening log home interiors with colorful native and folk art from areas of Mexico. And finally, this month’s Green Tip explores some of the benefits of recycling kitchen food scraps and how to make that easy.
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Fireplaces: Style, Function and New Regulations
Many log home living areas are centered around a fireplace, wood stove or gas hearth. New options are available to provide the warmth and intimacy of a fire, with clean new looks and interesting configurations. First, it’s essential to understand some recent updates in codes regarding fireplaces. Learn more here.
Toilet Tech – Updates in Function and Style
Just when you thought you had the bathroom all planned out, toilet technology develops a new way to think about the commode. We took a look at some of the new toilet options available and explored several new features, some of which will no doubt become the new normal. Read more.
Media Storage-Wall sized or furniture-based
With all the electronics now resident in homes, developing a strategy for displaying and storing flat screen televisions, game consoles, DVRs and sound systems makes sense, especially when designing a new log home. Plan your media center.
Bring on the Color!
Native Textiles Provide a Rustic Pop
The dim winter months seem to set off cravings for the bright colors of warmer climates. In log homes, bright colors can add colorful accents through the home and balance the warm wood walls in each room. Check out these ideas!
New Log Home Shows Added to the Schedule!
We’ve expanded our log home show schedule through April to offer folks plenty of chances to meet with local and knowledgeable Katahdin dealers and representatives. Get the details here.
Green Tip: Organic Recycling on the Countertop
Many log homes are built in rural areas with private septic systems. One way to ensure a healthier septic drain field is to limit the amount of kitchen food waste that is discharged into it. Learn more.