Barn Homes and Beyond Blog

California Craftsman Style in a Massachusetts Timberpeg

As an amateur woodworker, John Laupheimer fell in love with the work of the California architecture firm Greene and Greene.  Upon retiring, Laupheimer sought to find a house inspired by these giants of the Arts and Crafts movement. Since the Greene and Greene homes are almost entirely in California, and this home would be in Massachusetts, Laupheimer turned to Timberpeg to build a home evocative of the style of Greene and Greene.

The Pros and Cons of Vessel Sinks

For the past few years, a different type of sink has been gaining in popularity in both homes and commercial developments. The vessel sink, unlike most sinks, uses a washbowl that is placed on top of the countertop or vanity. This arrangement has both its advantages and disadvantages over more widely used sink styles. Here are some considerations for determining whether a vessel sink is right in your home.

Celebrating Beautiful Barns

While this blog is titled “Barn Homes and Beyond”, Timberpeg specializes in barn style homes as well as more modern timber frame construction. Even though most of our clients are looking for a home, there is something about this time of year that makes us think of barns. While hardly any barns are used these days for their ancient purpose of barley storage, many of our clients have had barns built to serve as garages or workshops. Here are a few of the handsomest barns we have built.

The Most Sought-After Bathroom Features

As we’ve undoubtedly mentioned before, we spend a great deal of time on the blog discussing bathrooms and kitchens. In large part this is due to their nature as “functional” rooms; while other rooms are more defined by their furniture, kitchens and bathrooms are defined by their built-in plumbing and appliances. But just as we spend time concentrating on these rooms, so too do potential homebuyers. Today we’d like to discuss some of the bathroom features that are currently most in demand.

In Home Design, Layout is Paramount

Often on television shows about home buying, you will hear prospective homebuyers gushing about the features they like in a home. Some of the most mentioned items include upgraded appliances and details like paint and molding. However nice these features are, they are all easily changed if necessary. The most important feature for a home to have is a good layout that works for you and your family.

Why Timber Frame Homes Hold Value and Sell Quickly

While we all love timber framed homes, sometimes it is necessary to move. Whether for employment, family or any other important reason, sometimes we need to move away. When we must move, it is only natural to want to sell a house a quickly as possible, for as much as possible. Luckily, timber frame homes are likely to be among the fastest selling and highest grossing homes on the market.

Rustic Range Settings

While modern appliances can be quite the convenience, they often aren’t the most attractive items inside the home. Sure, stainless steel can have an industrial charm to it, but many homeowners want a softer feel. For appliances like refrigerators or dishwashers, disguising them to match cabinetry is an effective choice. The stove or range, however, usually cannot be hidden due to its heat output. One solution is to not try to hide the range but merely surround it with a more rustic environment.

More Questions of Style: The Farmhouse

Two years ago, we wrote posts discussing the Cape Cod and Craftsman style homes. While these are undeniably popular timber frame home styles, we have yet to touch on the farmhouse style in general. While we have featured many farmhouse homes on the blog and have an image gallery dedicated to them, we thought now would be a great time to explore what features define a farmhouse-style home.


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