At Timberpeg, we realize that a full timber framed home is not for everyone. Some homebuyers like the feel of a timber framed structure, but think having every room with timber framing is too much. Usually, these buyers like the looks of timber framing in public rooms but prefer conventional construction in bedrooms.
Barn Homes and Beyond Blog
On this blog, we’ve devoted many posts to extolling the energy-efficiency of the modern barn home and ways of saving energy in older homes. However, a great deal of our energy use comes not in our homes but in transportation. Light-duty vehicles, such as cars and pickup trucks, represent almost 20 percent of our total energy consumption in this country.
Since we have just started into 2015, we thought we should do as we have the past few years and take a look at the real estate market predictions for the coming year. Last year, prices rose by around 3.5 percent, near many experts’ predictions but significantly lower than 2013.
The New Year provides a great opportunity for reflection on the past and insight into the future. Rather than solely using the New Year to propose resolutions, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at how people in the past viewed the home of the future. In the 1950s and 1960s, there were all manner of predictions of what the modern home would look like in the seemingly distant 21st century.
With Christmas only four days away, hopefully we have all concluded our gift shopping for the year. If not, you may be rushing to buy gifts for the people left on your list. Given that we spend so much of our time and money living in and maintaining our homes, buying home improvement style gifts is a natural choice.
With Hanukkah beginning on Tuesday and Christmas only a week and a half away, it is time again to decorate the barn home for the winter holidays. Last year, we wrote a post exploring the origin of various holiday decorations. This year, we thought we would concentrate on ways to tailor your decoration to the unique setting of a timber frame home.
The Truss is one of the most important advances in the history of architecture. Although some important buildings used trusses earlier, the idea saw wide deployment in the Middle Ages. Before this time, roofs were supported only by rafters joined by horizontal beams, which made the roof unstable against horizontal forces.
Don and Nita Jackson purchased a 160-acre hilltop retreat in Bradford, New Hampshire in 1986. The property came with a charming 1800s farmhouse, which unfortunately lacked any insulation for cold winter nights. The couple had the farmhouse renovated in 1997 by Timberpeg Independent Representative, Old Hampshire Designs, which made for a much more livable retreat.
While there is never a bad time to start planning your barn home, there are several factors that make this time of year a great time to do so. These reasons range from the personal effects that the change of seasons have upon us to the logistic realities of building a home.
This recent cold snap has sent quite the chill across the nation, with at least one location in each state reporting below freezing temperatures this past Tuesday night. Although frigid temperatures may send many of us pining for more tropical climates, others can’t wait to hit the slopes.