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Rooms for Book Lovers

For the bibliophiles among us, having a place to store, display, and read books is an essential function of our home. Whether the home has a full-sized library or a conveniently placed reading nook, this space will surely be a favorite. Each of these spaces must balance the public function of displaying a book collection with the more reflective nature of a reading space. Here are a few homes and their solutions to creating the perfect reading space.

Essential Ski Lodge Amenities

With the recent winter storms across the country, many news outlets reported that snow was on the ground in 49 of the 50 states with only Florida lacking any accumulation. When it comes to snow and timber frame homes, our first thought is to picture a ski lodge. While any home can serve as a ski lodge, there are certain amenities that just seem necessary for a ski lodge to feel right. Here are our must-have features for a ski lodge home.

Timber Frame Homes with Unique Rooms

Most homes, although they may vary in size and the number of bedrooms, contain essentially the same set of rooms. By necessity, a home will include a kitchen, bathroom(s) and bedroom(s). Then, a home will have either a great room or a split living and family room. In this regard, most homes are fairly similar to one another. But one of the great joys of designing and building your own home is making custom rooms that can have functions dedicated to your needs. Here are a few homes with great custom rooms.

Creating a Mismatched Dining Set

Before Thanksgiving, we wrote about how dining rooms are still in demand among today’s homebuyers. Despite their enduring popularity, the dining room of today is not the same as those of yesteryear. In the past, dining room sets were very cohesive and each piece of the set was matched with the others. Today, this seems stuffy and boring, so mismatched dining sets are increasingly popular. Even in a mismatched set, however, there are a few rules which will help you create a usable and enjoyable dining room. Here are some of the most important of those rules.

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.


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