Barn Homes and Beyond Blog

Etymology of Timber Framing Terms

As we discussed earlier this year, our modern conception of the home was largely influenced by the Dutch Golden Age. Despite this, many of the words we use to refer to items around the home are French in origin. This may seem peculiar, since the English language contains approximately the same number of words of French and Germanic (including Dutch) origin. In fact, it is an interesting consequence of English history.

Reducing Allergens in the Barn Style Home

For those who don’t suffer from seasonal allergies, the term “allergy season” may make you think of spring or summer. But actually plant-based allergies can extend throughout the growing season, with trees the biggest culprit in the spring, grasses in the summer, and weeds in the fall. For allergy sufferers, just getting through each day can be a chore. Your home should be a respite from your concerns, and there are several ways to reduce the level of allergens present in your home. While building a new Timberpeg home would be a great start, here are some design choices and continuing maintenance tips to help keep your allergies at bay.

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.

Summer Break

Barn Homes and Beyond is on vacation this week. While we are on our break we thought you might enjoy perusing some of our favorite summer homes. 


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