Every once in a while you get a chance to think about the bigger things, and I had just that opportunity a week or so ago when a local television station contacted us. They were planning a news feature about construction related businesses in Aroostook County and wanted our input. In preparation for the interview I thought about what we’ve done over the past few years to keep our heads above water, and it all came down to one thing: Listening to our customers.
Really, it does come down to that! So many businesses try to make it on what they believe is the best idea, product or service, but if it’s not what the customer wants, then we don’t make a sale. And our customers have told us, they want a log home that is energy efficient, cost efficient and easy to maintain. They want a home that is customizable, and is easy to construct. And they want to partner with staff and dealers who understand and listen.
In this newsletter we discuss the presence of water in logs used in log homes, and why even after kiln drying some log species still have enough water retained to cause significant shrinkage, cracking and checking. Wood is also the topic in our interview with a wide plank flooring expert we met at a recent log home show.
We take a look at tips for organizing your pantry or garage for recycling, which has become a normal household routine for many people. For those with “throw as you go” programs of waste removal, we also review the viability of installing a trash compactor.
In this newsletter we also talk with home loan experts about construction loans and how to make the process easier with your local lender. And, finally, for a Green Tip we take a look at some terrific recycled glass tiles that can add a color accent in many places in your log home.
Water and Logs: Why Moisture Matters
It’s a very common question: why does the moisture in my logs matter? It’s a good one, since the amount of moisture in your logs will have a big effect on how your house performs with energy efficiency, tightness against weather, maintenance, and comfort. Click here to learn more.
Wide Plank Floors-4 Tips on How to Achieve a Rustic Look
If you’ve ever walked through a historic home, you’ll discover that the hardwood floors are oftentimes made of much wider planks than oak or other hardwood flooring in more recent construction. The rustic and beautiful look of wide planks can be replicated in a new log home, but there are some things you should know before selecting this option. Click here for tips!
Organizing for Recycling
Building a new home provides an opportunity to not only organize your recycling efforts but to use space efficiently. Click here to see how.
Navigating Log Home Construction Loans
Construction loans are a different type of program from a conventional mortgage. For those log home buyers seeking out construction financing, there are a few things you should know in advance. Learn more here.
Green Tip: “Crush” Recycled Glass Tiles
If you’re exploring interesting options for glass tile, you’ll want to check out Fireclay’s Crush 100 percent recycled glass tile. Check it out here!