Autumn: A Busy Time for Home Shows

Fall can be one of the busiest times in the homebuilding industry. For existing projects, getting buildings enclosed and shielded against the elements before winter is a pressing concern. What really makes the season busy, however, is all the preparation work for houses to be built next year. If you’re planning on constructing a home in 2016, then now is a great time for getting ideas and drafting floor plans. In recognition of this fact, we’re attending five home shows across the country over the next five weeks.


Of course, if you want to get started straight away with designing and building a timber frame home of your own, we encourage you to contact us directly or talk with your local independent representative. However, if you would like to learn about timber frame homes in the more casual setting of a home show, then here are the shows we will be attending over the next few weeks.


If you live in the Mountain west, then consider heading to the Log and Timber Home show this weekend in Denver. The show begins today, Friday 1-7pm and continues through the weekend, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 11am-4pm. Click here for show details. If you instead find yourself in the Midwest, then perhaps you’ll find your way to the Log and Timber Home Show in Chicago the following weekend. This show will run Friday, October 9th from 12-8pm and Saturday, October 10th from 10am-6pm. Click here for show details.


Timberpeg IR, Les Watkins (second from the right), will be present to answer questions at the Denver show on Friday and Regional Manager Austin Ward will be there the remainder of the weekend.

While two home shows might be enough for any other month, we’ve got another two in store for later in October. For all you New Englanders, we will be attending the Log and Timber Home show in West Springfield, Massachusetts from October 16th-18th. Then, the following weekend, anyone near our nation’s capital is welcome to join us at the Log and Timber Home Show in Chantilly, VA from October 23rd-25th. Both of these shows have Friday hours of 1-7pm, Saturdays 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.


Part of the Timberpeg display from a previous year’s show at Chantilly.

While there is one more weekend left in October, it seems we needed a breather and took Halloween weekend off for some trick-or-treating. The first full week of November, however, will find us back at the Log and Timber Home Show in Asheville, NC. Here you can meet Architect and Timberpeg Independent Representative Ken Wertheim, whose work we have featured several times on the blog.

This cabin in the woods was designed by Independent Representative Kenneth J. Wertheim, AIA -

A home designed by Independent Representative Kenneth J. Wertheim, AIA

If one of these shows works for you, we look forward to seeing you there. We keep scheduling new shows all the time, and you can check our show listings here. Or, feel free to contact us anytime to help answer any questions you have.


Building a Median-Sized Home That is Anything But Average

Although it’s easy to only feature larger homes, most people looking to build a home, timber frame or otherwise, are seeking homes around 2500 square feet, about the average for all new construction. Consistently, people come to the blog week after week from searches like “three bedroom home plan”. Since we feel that a median-sized home doesn’t have to be boring, we thought we’d review a few of our favorite mid-sized plans that still have the features needed for today’s families.

T00450-ROWE-01The Cobb Meadow plan, at 2100 square feet, is a bit smaller than the median home yet is a feature packed gem. The first floor master suite has a large bathroom with separate shower and tub. Although the master suite is located off the living room, the two rooms are separated by a library space that provides privacy and quiet. The first level also includes a large kitchen with pantry and generous mudroom space.


One of the Cobb Meadow guest bedrooms.

Upstairs, the Cobb Meadow features two bedrooms each with their own en-suite. Since the bedrooms are accessed by a split staircase, the rooms have great privacy from one another and the rest of the home. Details like this help make the home far from ordinary.


The Lakewood is a full size home with a cottage-like feel.

At 2127 square feet, the Lakewood is a slightly larger home. However, with its steep roof slopes, cedar shakes and green trim, the Lakewood has a distinct cottage feel. With its extra space, this plan offers a walk-in master closet and larger laundry space. Since this is a lake house, the views are given priority, with an open air deck off the great room and screen porch off the dining area providing views to Lake Sunapee below.


The Lakewood great room looks over Lake Sunapee.

Growing the house a bit to the Dry Creek plan’s 2200 square feet (not including the walk-out basement and additional space that could be used and finished above the garage) gets you all the amenities needed in a modern home. The first floor master suite has both a walk-in and walk-thru closet leading to the generous bathroom. Right off the kitchen is a walk-in pantry, as well as the laundry room. Again, the bedrooms upstairs each have their own bathrooms and one of the spare bedrooms even gets its own walk-in closet. Of course, this home combines space efficiency with characteristic timber frame charm and beauty.


The Dry Creek is a feature-packed, charming Timberpeg home.

As these designs show, we at Timberpeg feel that a home does not need to be large to be interesting and unique. If you are interested in any of these plans, or in designing your own home, please contact us today.

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Planning for the Changing Seasons

Since we’re just barely starting into fall, it may seem an odd time to think about holiday entertaining. Then again, a recent study by found that one in seven Americans have already begun shopping for holiday gifts. Thankfully for the other eighty-six percent of us, we do still have over two months to prepare for Thanksgiving and the winter entertaining season. Still, putting off all the preparations until just before the holidays can create quite the stressful situation. Instead, it’s best to start preparing early so that you don’t have to undergo a last minute rush. Here are a few ideas for items to prepare now, that will both aid your guests and make your home more relaxing for you as well.

Prepare Your Guest Rooms


Guest rooms can often see little use between visitors’ stays, so these rooms might get neglected and not updated as often as the rest of the home. Of course, you will want to clean the room and freshen linens just before your guests arrive. Now, however, is the best time to attend to any bigger guest room projects that you may have put off. Perhaps all the room needs is a fresh coat of paint to help brighten things up a bit, or maybe a new mattress is in order for you guests? Even changing out pictures and artwork to be appropriate for the season can go a long way. Try to get these projects done now, so that the room will only need light cleaning come the holidays.

Organize the Kitchen

post and beam kitchen with wine rack

Some areas of kitchen storage are easier to keep organized than others. Tableware tends to have more uniform shapes and sizes so they are easier to keep organized. On the other hand, cookware and kitchen utensils are more irregular and tend towards disorder over time. Now is the perfect time to organize the kitchen. If you haven’t used an item in a while and can’t see using it this holiday season, consider donating it to help reduce clutter. By organizing the kitchen now, you will also give yourself time to become accustomed to any new item locations before you entertain.

Change Your Welcome Mat


The changing seasons also means a change in what your shoes track inside. In the fall, leaves start to become a problem and soon enough snow will as well. Your summer welcome mat may not be up to the challenge, so consider putting out a fall or winter themed mat that can stand up to more use.

If Traveling, Book Early


According to the travel site Skyscanner, Americans book their holiday travel on average 56 days in advance, which is close to the global average of 59 days. This means that if you wait until two months before your trip to book travel, half of all seats will already be sold and you may not get your preferred itinerary. With only three months until the winter holidays, it would be prudent to book your travel as soon as you are confident on your travel dates.


We hope this guide will help you plan ahead and reduce stress when it is time to entertain, and if you would like a brand new timber frame home perfect for entertaining, please contact our team at Timberpeg today.

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A Large Yet Cozy Vermont Timberpeg

Increasing a home’s square footage is the best way to gain space for more amenities, but the resulting home can feel like a very grand space. Similarly, cathedral ceiling great rooms are very popular these days, yet having a two-story tall ceiling in a room can make it feel a bit impersonal. This Timberpeg in North Pomfret, Vermont is a welcome change of pace. At 3470 square feet, plus loft area, it is a moderately large home, yet incorporates numerous features that engender the best feelings from homes both large and small.


From the outside, the steeply pitched roof is the first feature to catch the eye. Not only does it help to shed the heavy winter snows, it also makes for a great amount of usable space on the second floor while creating a more humble outline. As you approach the entryway, you notice the somewhat uncommon cross gable design. The cross gable is slightly lower in height than the front gable, which helps make the home feel more “human scale” as you approach it.


As you enter the home through its covered porch you arrive in the mudroom. There is plenty of closet space at hand, as well as a bench for applying footwear. A turn to the left takes you to the garage, or to the large office space located above. Turning instead to the right takes us to the main wing of the home and its oversized kitchen. The kitchen has a L-layout hosting the main sink, wall ovens and refrigerator, along with an island with six-burner stove and separate galley counter with prep sink. The kitchen also hosts an informal dining table.


The kitchen area overlooks the dining and great room areas. The dining area has great exterior views in two directions and access to a screen porch. The great room does not have a cathedral ceiling, but nonetheless lives up to its name. The windows and French doors provide great views to the surrounding mountains, while the large fireplace provides a focal point for the room. The back part of the main floor features a den, full bathroom and laundry room.


Upstairs are the three bedrooms. The two guest bedrooms are each quite spacious, and each have their own full bathroom. The master suite features a large walk-in closet and bathroom with separate soaker tub and separate vanities split by the shower. The master bedroom itself is centered on a tiled fireplace, a wonderful, romantic detail that we love to see in bedrooms. A stairwell on the second floor landing leads to a large third floor loft space with endless possible uses.


We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the North Pomfret Timberpeg home. If you’d like more details about this plan, please contact us. This home was built by our Independent Representative, David Anderson Hill.  You can see even more photos of the home on his website and on the Timberpeg website.

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