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The Most Popular Special Rooms and Spaces

While even we have discussed how homes have been getting slightly smaller with fewer special purpose rooms, a home is seldom exclusively composed of bedrooms, bathrooms, and a kitchen and great room. In order for a house to feel like a home, it often includes the individual touches that specialized rooms bring. Every year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) conducts a series of surveys of over 500 leading architecture firms to discover how homes are actually being designed. Here are their conclusions from their home features study on special function rooms.

The Home with a Thousand Faces

One of the greatest features of a Timberpeg Home is the great freedom that heavy timber framing allows in the design process. This leads to a great diversity in the styles of homes that can be built using posts and beams. We’ve decided to highlight that diversity by showing just a few of the many different types of Timberpeg homes constructed throughout the country.

The Ideal Television Environment

With the “big game” only a week away, we are fast approaching one of the most watched television events of the year. And while none of us wants to admit to being a couch potato, we know that the average American watches around three hours of television a day. Even so, there are some design issues for a television room that are especially important to consider in a timber frame home. Here are a few of the most important suggestions for building a comfortable television space.

Rooms for Book Lovers

For the bibliophiles among us, having a place to store, display, and read books is an essential function of our home. Whether the home has a full-sized library or a conveniently placed reading nook, this space will surely be a favorite. Each of these spaces must balance the public function of displaying a book collection with the more reflective nature of a reading space. Here are a few homes and their solutions to creating the perfect reading space.

Essential Ski Lodge Amenities

With the recent winter storms across the country, many news outlets reported that snow was on the ground in 49 of the 50 states with only Florida lacking any accumulation. When it comes to snow and timber frame homes, our first thought is to picture a ski lodge. While any home can serve as a ski lodge, there are certain amenities that just seem necessary for a ski lodge to feel right. Here are our must-have features for a ski lodge home.

Timber Frame Homes with Unique Rooms

Most homes, although they may vary in size and the number of bedrooms, contain essentially the same set of rooms. By necessity, a home will include a kitchen, bathroom(s) and bedroom(s). Then, a home will have either a great room or a split living and family room. In this regard, most homes are fairly similar to one another. But one of the great joys of designing and building your own home is making custom rooms that can have functions dedicated to your needs. Here are a few homes with great custom rooms.

Creating a Mismatched Dining Set

Before Thanksgiving, we wrote about how dining rooms are still in demand among today’s homebuyers. Despite their enduring popularity, the dining room of today is not the same as those of yesteryear. In the past, dining room sets were very cohesive and each piece of the set was matched with the others. Today, this seems stuffy and boring, so mismatched dining sets are increasingly popular. Even in a mismatched set, however, there are a few rules which will help you create a usable and enjoyable dining room. Here are some of the most important of those rules.

Fireplaces Fit For Santa

We’re taking next week off the blog, so this is the last post before Christmas. Given the wintery weather that has much of the country in its grip, our thoughts have again turned to the joys of a roaring fire. Meanwhile, many children’s thoughts center on the fireplace for other reasons. So, we thought we would feature some houses with fireplaces and chimneys fit for Santa Claus.

Controlling Humidity for Comfortable Living

When we think about personal comfort within the home, temperature is the quantity that first comes to mind. While the temperature is indeed very important to how we feel in the home, the humidity level is also very important. High humidity in the summer can make life miserable, but this time of year the low humidity levels typical of winter can lead to static shocks and cracking skin. Properly adjusting humidity levels can make you feel more comfortable and help reduce your energy consumption.

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