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10 Ways to Make Your Post & Beam Kitchen Uniquely You

10 Ways to Make Your Post & Beam Kitchen Uniquely You

As we mentioned in our "kitchen layout ideas" posting, it wasn't too long ago that the kitchen was sequestered from the rest of the home.  But that was then, and this is now.  Nowadays, the adage goes "No matter the guest, they'll always like your kitchen best."  This really speaks to the propensity ...
The Blue Hill Bay Post and Beam Home Floor Plan

The Blue Hill Bay Post and Beam Home Floor Plan

This 2000 sf post and beam home was built near the coast of Maine as a getaway home, and eventual retirement home.  With that in mind, the home has a first floor master and all the necessary amenities on the main level. Finished with cedar shingle siding and dark green trim, this post and beam home fits right in to the rugged, coniferous ...
What to put on your barn home walls and ceilings?

What to put on your barn home walls and ceilings?

Before you can even start to consider the color of your barn home walls, you have to stop and think about the material first.  There are a lot of options to consider; from plaster and drywall, to tongue and groove boards.  Each adds its own character to a barn home, and we’ll highlight some of the options below.  ...
The Easthampton – Post and Beam Cottage on a Grand Scale

The Easthampton – Post and Beam Cottage on a Grand Scale

Nestled in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts sits a house full of post and beam cottage charm.  While this home is larger than an actual cottage, at about 3,400 square feet, the abundance of details and architectural style make this feel like a true post and beam cottage.
The Sudbury Home – Classic Done in Contemporary Style

The Sudbury Home – Classic Done in Contemporary Style

Sitting beside the Sudbury river in Massachusetts is a post and beam home where style abounds and light soars through walls of windows.  While the home has classic barn house architecture, the decor is an amalgam of contemporary fabrics and modern materials.  The results are simply stunning.
Kitchen Layout Ideas for Post and Beam Homes

Kitchen Layout Ideas for Post and Beam Homes

For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home.  Unlike the days of yore when the kitchen was the domain of servants and needed to be sequestered to the back of a home and kept out of sight, today’s homeowners are looking for homes with kitchens that function as great entertaining spaces.  So, in keeping up with the latest ...
Say ‘I Do’ to a Barn Wedding

Say ‘I Do’ to a Barn Wedding

Over the years we’ve gotten to see a lot of photos of the many projects we’ve designed and built.  But recently we found some photos of a barn we designed and built in Edgerton, KS that really made us smile.  Turns out the Mildale Farm barn is a big hit with brides!
A Coastal Classic Post and Beam Home on Cape Cod

A Coastal Classic Post and Beam Home on Cape Cod

When you think of Cape Cod, MA, a certain look and feel might be brought to mind.  Be it windswept beaches with billowing sea grasses aflutter, or the images of bobbing dinghies and sailboats glowing on a sparkling sea – Cape Cod has a definite vibe.  The homes found on the Cape also have a certain air about them. This home, ...
Adding Space, Light and Visual Interest With Dormers

Adding Space, Light and Visual Interest With Dormers

There’s something refined and elegant about a sleek looking home with clean lines and a simple box shape.  At the same time, a simple home with a box shape can be so simple and understated that it crosses into the realm of plain old boring.  Here’s an example of a home with and without dormers (using Photoshop)
The Right Flooring for Your Post and Beam Home

The Right Flooring for Your Post and Beam Home

Flooring is a design element that can sometimes be an afterthought when designing a post and beam home.  It’s an important element however, that can have a big impact on a home, and you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to choose your flooring, since it will have a big such a huge influence on so many other design choices.
Barn Siding and Board and Batten Siding

Barn Siding and Board and Batten Siding

Two popular siding choices that add a lot of barn style to a home are vertical barn-board siding and board and batten siding.  They are both very similar methods for siding a house using vertical boards, but board and batten has more depth, texture and dimension. Barn siding, which lacks the raised batten strip, has more of a smooth ...
What is A Cupola?

What is A Cupola?

One common feature of barn style architecture is a cupola.  Cupola comes from the Latin cupa meaning “cup”, which makes sense considering a cupola’s resemblance to an upside down cup.  Throughout the years, cupolas have topped many different styles of architecture from classic barn style homes to ancient ...