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Taking Great Home Photographs

Timberpeg owners love taking pictures of their homes, as evidenced by our expansive Customer Submitted Photographs section. But while taking photographs of your home can be rewarding, it also presents challenges you don’t find when taking simple snapshots. While modern digital cameras are more forgiving than film cameras of the past, there are still several techniques that will allow you to produce better shots of the interior and exterior of your home. Whether you are looking to take pictures to advertise your home for sale or just share with friends and family, here are some tips to improving your photographs.

Dutch Influence On The Home

It is impossible to say where the concept of the home originated, since it developed out of shelters that humans have used since time immemorial. But where did the modern conception of a home come from? Given our shared culture, one might think that the home is an English creation. In fact, if any one country can lay claim to the modern concept of the home it is probably the Netherlands. 

Rooms With Many Functions

Last week, we discussed the etymology and evolution of a few less-common rooms that may be found in the home. However, the general trend in the housing market is towards slightly smaller homes. This reduction in size means that for most homeowners, rooms need to be more functional and be utilized more often to make sense in the modern home. One way to accommodate this trend is through multi-function rooms that take on the roles previously served by multiple rooms. Here are a few examples of combination rooms that pull double duty.

The Origin of Various Room Names

When we think of a home, there are several rooms we always expect to find present. The kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms are all necessary components of any home. Since they are such common rooms, with common names, the purpose of each is immediately clear. However, several more specialized rooms have names with more opaque origins. Here are a few rooms that you might include in your timber frame home, and the interesting history behind them.

The Ideal Marriage of Practicality and Whimsy

Due to its mountainous location, homes in Asheville, North Carolina are typically built on highly sloped lots. While this can present a design challenge, it is the type of challenge Ken Wertheim lives for as an architect. One of Timberpeg’s Independent Representatives, Ken is also one of the leading architectural experts in the Asheville area. This mountain home, designed by Ken and built by Living Stone Construction, is the perfect combination of character and usability.

The Ultimate Ski Lodge

For families that spend a great deal of the winter skiing, a ski lodge home is a natural desire. And there is no better style of home for a ski lodge than a Timberpeg home. Of course, in any build project, having people who understand your needs is an important consideration throughout design and construction. Since the architect, Tom Samyn of Timberpeg Independent Representative Samyn-D’Elia, and the builder, Shad Lawton of the Lawton company, are both avid skiiers, the homeowners were in good hands.  

A Perfect Holiday Home

The Ascutney floor plan is no stranger to this blog. With its natural siding and blue doors that look especially striking against the snow, this Vermont ski home has provided some of our most used pictures. However, we recently realized that although we’re in love with this timber frame home, we’ve never actually featured the plan itself. Since this ski home has a great plan for everyday living, and an open plan suited for holiday entertaining, now seemed like a great time to explore the Ascutney in more depth.

Time for A Water Heating Upgrade?

With the holidays upon us, our homes are brimming not only with good cheer but also valued guests. Coupling these guests with the lowest groundwater temperatures of the year, however, can certainly stress out your water heater. Since an average tank water heater only lasts around ten years, maybe it’s time to upgrade now before the guests arrive. Since there are more choices than ever when replacing a water heater, here are a few things to consider.

The Ideal Ceiling Height

The dimensions of the rooms in a home are very important in determining how the rooms function and feel. We usually only consider the horizontal dimensions, and discuss rooms and floor plans in terms of square footage. This consideration ignores the vertical dimensions, which are actually a very important consideration when designing a room. While low ceilings are still plenty high enough even for tall people to stand up straight, the mood of the room will differ from one with a tall ceiling. So, what is the ideal height?  

Timber Framing at Plymouth Colony

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and most of us are very much engrossed in planning for the holiday. And while most of us know the story of the Pilgrims’ journey to Plymouth and the first Thanksgiving the following fall, the details of the months in between may be less well known. Needless to say, shelter was the first priority for the settlers upon their arrival.

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