Barn Homes and Beyond Blog

The High Costs of Remodeling

If you own an older home, it may seem like home repairs are a fact of daily life. This can make major renovation projects seem appealing. After all, who wouldn’t want a new kitchen while remaining in their home? However, remodeling costs have gone up substantially in the past decade. Here are a few common home renovation projects and their costs. 

Barn Home Style at Any Size

Lately, there has been a decided trend towards smaller homes than those typically built over the past 30 years. For some, smaller houses are part of a desire to live a simpler lifestyle, while others believe that smaller homes promote greater outdoor activity and healthier lifestyles. One smaller home with great barn home appeal is the Center Harbor. It is a compact but functional 1715 square feet, and we also have related plans up to 1910 square feet.

Picking a Hardwood Flooring Width

We’ve spent a few posts on the blog talking about flooring, especially covering the material choices between hardwood, carpet, tile and other materials. Without a doubt, hardwood flooring is the preferred choice throughout the barn home. However, within the category of hardwood floors there are many choices you can make that determine the feel of the flooring and how it impacts your home. While wood species and stain are obvious factors to consider, flooring width also has a great visual influence. Here are some tips on picking the right flooring width.

Welcome To Mud Season

Northern cities commonly claim that they only have two seasons: winter and construction. In New England, we commonly claim to have five seasons. In addition to the canonical four seasons, we have mud season. About this time of year, the snow melts but the frozen lower layers of soil means the water has nowhere to go. Trails and unpaved roads quickly become a sloppy mess. It’s these conditions that makes every homeowner wish they had a mudroom.

Stylish Barn Home Staircases

Naturally, if your home has more than one level it will require a staircase. While the stairwell is often only treated in a utilitarian fashion, the timber frame home offers a great opportunity to bring style to this oft-neglected feature. Here are a few Timberpeg homes that incorporate unique stairways into their designs.

Great Reasons To Move Into A Timberpeg Home

For existing homeowners, there are many factors that can create the desire to move. Although job relocation may seem like the most common reason to move, this is actually only the leading cause of moves amongst sellers between the ages of 45 and 54. In 2013, the National Association of Realtors took a survey on reasons why homeowners were considering a move. Here were the most common responses. 

Universal Design In The Barn Home

Timberpeg homes are built to last for generations. So, if you’re planning on building a post and beam home, you should consider not only what needs you have today, but also what needs you will have in the future. If this is a home you will retire in, you should consider using Universal Design when planning out your home. Universal Design (UD) is an architectural design system that strives to allow people of all ages and mobility to live comfortably. Here are some of the ideas that go into planning a UD home.

The Entryway: Making An Impression

Oftentimes we talk about curb appeal and the great affect it has on visitors’ impressions of your home. While the exterior design does have a lasting impact on how the home is perceived, the interior first impressions are also very important. The view that your guests have from your entryway will set their expectations for the home, and will also affect your experience as a homeowner. Here are a few homes with different types of entryways.

The Many Meanings of Cottage

When you hear the word cottage, perhaps the image of a small, half-timbered building with a thatched roof pops into your mind. While this may be the quintessential image of a cottage, the word has many different meanings throughout the world. Even in the same country, cottage can mean different types of dwellings. Here is some history of the cottage and what it means today.

Deck Design for Sloped Lots

Like a fireplace on the inside, a timber frame home seems to need a great deck. Since the deck is such a prominent feature on the outside of the home, it can define the home’s appearance. This is especially true on sloped lots. When the lot slopes away from the rear of the home, the deck becomes an even more prominent feature. Here are a few topics to consider in order to get the perfect elevated deck.


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