Eco-Friendly Fireplaces, Wood-Stoves, & Alternatives

The answer depends on the fireplace or stove you choose, the fuel you use and how you operate it. Traditional wood-burning fireplaces can lose as much as 90 percent of their heat through the chimney, making them less than ideal as a primary heat source. Luckily, today there is a broad range of fireplace and stove options available.



Designing for Retirement

Download this article to learn more tips about (1) Widening doors and hallways; (2)Bathroom modifications; (3) Appliances and accessories; (4) One-level living; (5) Zero-clearance entryways; and (6) Reducing maintenance hassles.



Designed for Easy Living

For a low-maintenance-design imperative, just look up. Proper roof design can extend the life of your logs. Excessive moisture and UV rays are a log wall’s enemy and by designing your home to combat them for you will make your ongoing maintenance much easier. Again, climate conditions play a huge role, but no matter if you’re protecting your walls from sun or snow, designing eaves that are at least two to four feet deep (you may want to go as deep as eight feet in some regions) will help keep the elements from direct contact with your exterior logs.

An added bonus? You’ll have a charming porch to extend your living area outdoors.