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.