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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.

Building Them “Like They Used To”

One of the most frequently heard maxims about the real estate business is that “they don’t build them like they used to.” The implication of this saying is that homes were better constructed in the past and that homes built today aren’t as high quality. While this may be true in some other products, in homes the reality is more complicated. Nevertheless, timber frame homes, especially Timberpeg homes, combine the best qualities of older homes with the benefits of new construction.

Dining Rooms in Demand

With Thanksgiving only a week away, we are entering the peak demand season for the dining room. Many builders have assumed that homebuyers no longer want a dedicated dining room, and have rolled the dining room into the great room. Market research, however, shows that the dining room is still a very important feature to homebuyers. The modern dining room is also used in some surprising ways compared to years past.

A Cute Craftsman Cottage

For decades now, the overriding trend in home construction has been towards single-level living. Even when spare bedrooms are located upstairs, most people desire a first-floor master bedroom and rambling floor plan. One great benefit of building your own home, however, is being able to use a floor plan that works for you even if it bucks popular trends. The Stoney Creek is one such home that harkens back the heyday of Craftsman-style homes.

The Past and Present of Pendulum Clocks

This Sunday marks the end of daylight saving time in the United States as well as Canada. For many other countries in the northern hemisphere, summer time ended last Sunday. At this time, we set our clocks back an hour, and are reminded to check our smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries as well. We thought this would be a great time to look at pendulum clocks, which are a fixture in many timber frame homes.

Of Witches and Widows

With Halloween coming up Monday, we thought now would be a great time to talk about two architectural features with appropriate names for the holiday. Both features are common in the Northeast, with one most popular inland and the other a common site on the coasts. Here is the interesting history behind each features name.

An Open Home That’s Twice As Nice

We often feature floor plans or open homes on the blog, since they’re just so fun to write about (and experience). This week, we have a special open home to introduce to you. This open home in Northern Virginia, being held next Saturday, October 29th, is actually two wonderful timber frame homes. With both a main home and a charming guest house, this property has something for everyone and is a great showcase for two distinct styles of Timberpeg home.

Selecting the Perfect Chandelier Size

As its name implies, the chandelier started out its life as a holder for many candles. The earliest chandeliers were only found in the wealthiest of homes, and were so expensive that they were actually moved from room to room rather than being fixed pieces. Over time, chandeliers became more common and less expensive, and are now to the point where a great deal of homes have them. Here are some tips for selecting the perfect size chandelier for every space in your timber frame home.

Managing Kitchen Odors

This week's post was inspired by a little mishap with the blender the other day that led to a small explosion. What began with the wonderful aroma of garlic, onion and and fresh herbs turned into a much more funky odor over the next couple of days when it was discovered that some of the bits had actually fallen into the downdraft kitchen vent (you know, the kind that are flush with the stove, not the ones that rise up). 


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