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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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The Benefits of Log Home Living

July 8, 2015 12:21 am

The American household has a long and storied history of log home living, but today’s log home construction is far from that of past. According to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Log and Timber Homes Council (LTHC), log homes today boast features found in contemporary construction.

"Log homes vary in size and style from tiny cabins in the woods to grand, multi-million dollar estates. There are no limits to what log home construction can provide,” says Log and Timber Homes Council Chairman Mark Elliott of Coventry Log Homes in Woodsville, N.H.

There are numerous practical benefits of log homeownership, especially for those interested in a green home. The modern manufacturing process uses every portion of the log, resulting in far less waste on the job site than conventional construction. The waste that is created is typically turned into mulch or sawdust that then can be converted into fuel. There are also fewer manmade materials in a log home than a conventional one.

Log homes also can be highly energy-efficient due to the fact that the logs used are solid and uninterrupted, coupled with the modern sealant materials and building techniques. Logs absorb heat energy during the day and radiate it at night to even out the temperature. This principle, called “thermal mass,” can make occupants feel more comfortable while using less energy over the life of the home.

To ensure the highest quality log home, homebuyers should seek out companies that are members of the LTHC. These log home professionals abide by a strict code of ethics, provide free information to consumers, grade their logs and timbers by third party agencies to ensure structural integrity, provide detailed construction manuals to ensure correct construction techniques, and sponsor studies that advance log building technologies.

Source: NAHB

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How to 'Gamify' Your Yard

July 7, 2015 12:21 am

Did you know that nearly half of U.S. homeowners host outdoor activities and games in their backyards? All that outdoor fun can wreak havoc on your grass or turf, say TruGreen experts. Here, TruGreen shares three ways you can ‘gamify’ your yard without sacrificing a lush lawn.

1. With plenty of inspiration online, personalized, DIY games are gaining popularity in American households. One way to do this is with a backyard bowling set made of empty soda or juice bottles, a little water and a soccer ball. If you happen to spill paint on your lawn while adding color to the bottles, rinse it off immediately before it seeps into the soil. Not doing so can deprive the leaf blade of precious sunlight.

2. From corn hole to volleyball, team-based games can foster fun and friendly competition among family, friends and neighbors. To boost that sense of team spirit in your neighborhood, host a classic kickball game with homemade scoreboards. If all that running and sliding disrupts your lawn, take care to re-seed those areas come springtime.

3. Water-based activities are a summer staple. Create your own wet zone in your backyard with a water balloon toss or sprinkler party. If your lawn becomes saturated during the fun, adjust your watering schedule and irrigation pattern to avoid the areas that are overly-wet.

Source: TruGreen

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