Ed­i­tor’s Note

Log Home Living - - CONTENTS - DONNA PEAK Ed­i­tor-in- Chief

Good Sport

About a month be­fore we went to press with this is­sue of Log Home Liv­ing, some­thing mon­u­men­tal hap­pened — my beloved Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals won their first Stan­ley Cup in fran­chise his­tory. Af­ter decades of “close but no cigar” dis­ap­point­ment, they fi­nally did it. Weeks of celebration, a ticker-tape pa­rade and sur­prise ap­pear­ances by the most leg­endary tro­phy in sports hap­pened across the greater Wash­ing­ton, D.C., area as a re­sult. Our city was eu­phoric.

As the rev­elry died down, the re­al­ity of the busi­ness of hockey set­tled in. Our coach, known for rel­ish­ing a chal­lenge, moved on to a dif­fer­ent team to see if he could ac­com­plish the same feat. We lost a hand­ful of good men to free agency, and the front of­fice had to re­lease a few play­ers so they’d have room in the salary cap to keep oth­ers.

But when the fall­out was over, some­thing beau­ti­ful re­mained — the foun­da­tion of our team was still per­fectly in­tact. In­stead of look­ing out­side for a new coach, man­age­ment pro­moted from within, al­low­ing them to build on the es­tab­lished sys­tem rather than start­ing from scratch. Our su­per­stars were still here and more com­mit­ted than ever, and the key sup­port­ing play­ers were locked in. In short, we, the fans, all feel good about the team’s fu­ture.

It struck me as I was pre­par­ing this, our an­nual ren­o­va­tion/restora­tion is­sue, that there are a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween own­ing a log home and a hockey team — or any sport for that mat­ter. In the pre-sea­son (the dream phase) the an­tic­i­pa­tion about what things are go­ing to be like is ex­hil­a­rat­ing. You go to train­ing camp and lay your plans (de­sign phase). You set your salary cap (bud­get) and your ros­ter (choose a log provider and builder), you get to work (build) and fi­nally you have your home opener (move in day). Through­out the sea­son, a few play­ers might get a lit­tle banged up, but you nurse them back to health (main­te­nance). At the end of a long sea­son, that hope­fully in­cludes a play­off run, you may find your­self faced with re­struc­tur­ing your team (ren­o­va­tion).

This cy­cle is noth­ing to fear. It’s nat­u­ral. And when it comes to your log home jour­ney, we sin­cerely hope Log Home Liv­ing serves as your trusted play­book. For 35 years, our goal has been to help you build a solid foun­da­tion of knowl­edge that will put you firmly on the path to suc­cess, and at the end of the day, we want your tro­phy — your log home — to shine.

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