Barn Homes and Beyond Blog

Readying Your Barn For Winter

At Timberpeg, most of our efforts are directed towards building high-quality timber frame and post and beam homes. We also build many larger structures, such as schools and commercial buildings. If you are looking for a traditional timber framed barn, we can also help realize those plans. While the word barn comes from, bereærn, a contraction of two Old English words meaning "barley storehouse", in modern times a barn can be used to store anything from horses to machinery to classic cars and boats. 

Wind Power for the Post and Beam Home

With the great increases in efficiency and decreases in price of solar panels in recent years, they have become the leading option for on-site residential renewable energy generation. While this is a great option for many building sites, the blustery fall season that is upon us also presents the opportunity to discuss wind power for the post and beam home. Below, we will discuss factors to keep in mind when considering a wind energy system for your home.

Brick Exterior for the Post and Beam Home

One of the great advantages of post and beam and timber frame construction is the great freedom that these construction methods allow in the design of a home. We have talked several times about how timber framing allows massive choice in the interior layout of the home. The exterior of the home also can accommodate any number of finishes. While cedar shingle and wood siding may be the most popular choices in this country, finishes like stone and stucco are also common.

The Evolving Children’s Bedroom

In prior generations, homes were smaller and as a result had fewer bedrooms. The average house had only two bedrooms in the early 1970s, but by the early 2000s the average across all homes was three bedrooms. In the past decade, new construction has been typically of larger homes with three or more bedrooms. Children typically had to share bedrooms in the past but now are more likely to have their own rooms. 

Designing Your Ideal Master Closet

The fall is upon us and the time has come to change our wardrobes to reflect the cooler temperatures of the days ahead. With this in mind, we thought it was the perfect time to discuss considerations for designing your master closet space. Perhaps you own an older house, which despite its charm was constructed with smaller closets, and are looking to renovate your storage space. Or maybe you are looking to build a new post and beam home and need some tips to consider when designing your closet space. 

Flood Insurance for the Post and Beam Home

With the recent and tragic flooding that just occurred in Colorado, we thought it would be beneficial to discuss a topic that all too often is overlooked or ignored: flood insurance.  Our thoughts go out to those who have been impacted by the rising waters, and we hope our information can help prepare others with the necessary information about flood insurance and risk assessment. The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, enacted in July of last year, will have major effects on the flood insurance market starting the beginning of next month.

Winterizing Your Summer Home

If you own a timber frame or post and beam home that you use as a summer home, you may be getting ready to close up your property as the summer winds down. Before you leave the property for the season, you should prepare the house for the winter ahead. With proper preparation now, your home will be ready and inviting for the next summer season. Here are some of the most important tips on winterizing your home.

High-Efficiency Appliances For Your Timber Frame Home

Great strides have been made in the past 20 years increasing the efficiency of household appliances. In almost all cases, the small price premium of an efficient model over a standard one means it makes sense to opt for the more efficient model when buying new appliances. Deciding whether to replace an existing appliance with a more efficient model requires more careful consideration. Here is a breakdown of the most common appliances and whether it makes sense to upgrade to a more efficient model from an existing model.

Housing Market Updates for the Timber Frame Home Enthusiast

Since the bottom of the real-estate market from 2009-2012, national real estate prices have been rising steadily for the past year and a half. Recently released reports reveal a 12.1% year-over-year growth in the 20-city Case-Shiller Home Price Index, with larger gains in the West and Southwest. While mortgage rates have recently increased, this has not led to a decrease in home prices. Below, we’ll discuss why prices are likely to continue rising and building costs are also continuing to rise. 

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