When designing the perfect post and beam home, the building location can strongly influence the design. For example, a coastal home will need more robust shingles, and a building on a sloped site will likely incorporate a walk-out basement. Today’s featured floor plan comes from Juneau, Alaska.
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At Timberpeg, we are proud of how energy efficient our homes are and have talked about this topic several times on this blog. While having a tight thermal envelope is important to reduce heating and cooling costs, lighting is also a very large consideration for a home’s energy consumption. In most homes, twenty to fifty percent of all electricity consumption is due to lighting.
In November, we featured two floor plans, the Cobb Meadow and the Lassen. The Cobb Meadow featured a functional three-bedroom plan, but at 2,100 square feet may not offer the space some small families are looking for. Meanwhile, the Lassen is a gorgeous timber frame home, but its 2,890 square feet and four plus bedrooms may be a bit too much for a small family.
With the New Year only days away, we thought it would be a good idea to look ahead to the future of the residential real estate market in the coming year. The strong housing market recovery in 2013 was a welcome surprise for many. Prices have risen about five percent countrywide, while some markets in the West have seen almost twenty-five percent growths in prices.
With Christmas nearly upon us, many of us have decorated our houses with all manner of decorations from lights to tinsels and garlands. While we may consider these decorations to be routine, they have an interesting history in how they became tradition. Here are brief histories of some of the common decorations used during the holiday season, which may just inspire you to decorate your own barn home.
In the winter months, many homeowners throughout less temperate regions will experience snow and below freezing temperatures. And while you may find icicles on the side of a building to be a pleasant sign of the season, the formation of ice on the eaves of your home is a worrying sign of possible damage to your home. Icicles are a sign of an ice dam, which can be prevented with proper insulation or mitigated with temporary measures.
While it may seem like the dishes from Thanksgiving are barely cleaned, dried and stored away, there are only about two weeks of shopping days left before Christmas, due to this year’s compressed gift buying season (which is now in full swing.) If you have a post and beam homeowner on your gift list, and have yet to find something just right for them, then this list may be just what you need, from small to large gift ideas.
There are few days in the year that can compete with Thanksgiving for the most cherished and anticipated family feasting. And, we feel that the best place to gather is in a timber frame home. With post and beam construction, spaces can be more open, feel warmer and all while exuding the warm charm of the wooden timbers themselves.
Last week, we highlighted the cozy Cobb Meadow floor plan. With its three bedrooms in 2,100 square feet, it is great for a small family. For those in need of a bit more space and another bedroom, the Lassen floor plan may be just the ticket. And with the holiday entertaining season upon us, a little more room can be a great thing.
Designing a timber frame home floor plan takes a lot of thought and consideration. What do you need in a home now vs. what will you want from your home many years from now? How do you plan to entertain extended family, while keeping the home cozy and efficient? One floor plan that hits a lot of great notes for a lot of different people is the Cobb Meadow.