Displaying Art in Your Timber Frame Home

While building a home or renovating its rooms are tasks that take months to complete, decorating a house is an undertaking that never truly ends. And while some homeowners may like to change their houses’ décor frequently, if you want to display an art collection at home then there are some guidelines to help you put on a good show. A Timberpeg home can be a great gallery to showcase a collection, but whether you plan to keep a permanent display or rotate pieces frequently, here are some tips on displaying your home art collection.

Buy Art for You

When building a collection, make sure that you are buying pieces that you will like to see every day. Trust that your taste will appeal to your guests as well, but buy with your own enjoyment as the highest priority. It is noble to support local artists with your purchases, but don’t do so for pieces that you don’t enjoy.

Plan for Expansion

If you are just starting out with a collection and plan to expand it over time, plan ahead when deciding where to place pieces. If you are filling a wall space with paintings, for example, start hanging in the middle of the space and work outward in all directions. Not only will this keep the space looking great as the collection grows, but it will also prevent you from having to rehang paintings and patch walls as you go.

Place Art Where It Can Be Seen

You don’t want to strain to look at your art, so placing it near eye level is important in showcasing your selection. Experts recommend that pieces be centered around 64 inches off the ground, as a good compromise height for the average eye level between men and women. If you are decorating a dining room, though, you may wish to position items lower so they can be seen well when seated. For pictures you can obviously hang them at the desired level, but statuary and other three-dimensional pieces can be raised on plinths or built-out shelves if needed.

Provide Proper Illumination

For photographs and paintings, avoiding exposure to UV light is important to preserving the works for years to come. It is best to place these pieces where they will not receive direct sunlight. If this is unavoidable, then using museum-quality UV glass will help protect the works, although it is a good idea to use UV glass wherever the work hangs. You should then provide appropriate artificial lighting. Track, can or dedicated picture lamps are all options and your choice will depend on your layout and design wishes.

Match Your Art to the Room

When hanging paintings, you can use frames that fit the color scheme of a given room, but typically you will want the mat to pick up colors within the painting itself. For statuary you will want to use a room with a contrasting wall color so that the art stands out from the wall rather than fading into the background.

We hope these tips have helped inspire your inner curator.  After all, a timber framed home from Timberpeg is a work of art in itself.  So why not choose to fill your masterpiece with art you love and want to share with visitors to your home.  If you’d like to learn more about any of the homes featured here, or how to begin designing a timber frame home of your own, please contact the design team at Timberpeg to learn more.

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Modern Homes with Timber Framed Charm

When one thinks of modern architecture, a timber-framed home is undoubtedly not the first image that springs to mind. Rectilinear high-rises of glass and steel and homes with steel structure and cantilevered upper floors might be some of the first thoughts we have. Modern architecture, however, was a very expansive movement with many different stylistic elements. Despite common perception of modern architecture, many of its central themes can be accommodated in post and beam construction. Below, we’ll discuss these themes and how a Timberpeg can be the perfect modern home with a hint of traditional charm.

Home Built by Timberpeg Independent Representative, Smith & Robertson, Inc. - http://smithandrobertson.com/

Although not all historians agree, a commonly-held position is that the modernist aesthetic was primarily a reaction to the excesses present in the Victorian and Edwardian architectural styles. For this reason, modern architecture stressed simplicity and advocated elimination of unnecessary detail. This ideal is perhaps most succinctly expressed in Louis Sullivan’s dictum that “form follows function,” meaning that architectural design should be dictated by a building’s intended use.

Home Designed by Timberpeg Independent Representative, Erich Diller of Evolve Design Group, www.evolvedesigngroup.net

Modern architecture also places some demands on building materials and their use. Rectilinear designs were preferred, with structural materials positioned at right angles to one another. Modernism also opposed disguising or enclosing structural elements, insisting that they be featured as part of the design. Furthermore, modernists developed the tenet of “truth to materials,” that materials should be used where most appropriate and presented in their natural appearance.

Home Designed by Morter Architects, http://www.morterarchitects.com, Architectural Photography by Roger Wade

With these guidelines, it is apparent that even a post and beam home can be constructed in a modernist style. If you are looking for a structure devoid of “unnecessary detail,” then you can choose a frame without diagonal brace members. This allows for strictly vertical posts and horizontal beams to show through and embrace the modernist preference for structural materials oriented at right angles. Naturally, a timber framed building does not hide its structural members but instead showcases it as a highlight of the house’s décor.

Home Built by Timberpeg Independent Representative, lake Anna Timber Homes - http://www.lakeannatimberhomes.com/

One aspect of the “truth to materials” ethos involves leaving marks from construction processes intact. For example, a concrete structure will not be painted and imprints from the formwork used when pouring the concrete are not sanded off. Here again, a post and beam construction allows you the freedom to follow this ideal if you so choose. Timbers can be left un-sanded or can even be hand-hewed to showcase their method of construction.

If you would like to learn more about any of the projects featured here, or how you can begin working with our design team to craft a modern timber frame of your own, please contact Timberpeg to learn more.

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Exploring American History with a Timberpeg Home

The robust frame in a post and beam house has remarkable longevity, so many timber frame homes from British Colonial America survive to this day. While a great many old timber frame houses exist in the East, the West has its own history. The Los Angeles area was colonized by the Spanish and then part of Mexico until 1847, and the architecture of the region is still heavily influenced by this history. Thus, when the Riley family wished to create a replica of a colonial pub, they turned to Timberpeg.

Riley’s Farm is located in Oak Glen, California, a small apple-growing region under 80 miles east of Los Angeles. The farm still functions as a working apple orchard, but it also serves as a living history museum. The museum has programs focusing on events from colonial life through the Civil War and also host events focusing on more recent history like prohibition. Needless to say, this time of year the programs on the Revolutionary War are especially popular.

One of the centerpieces of Riley’s Farm is the Hawk’s Head Public House. This charming restaurant is modeled after an 18th century tavern, complete with English ales, period music and appropriately attired servers. To build a pub befitting the museum, the Rileys turned to (since retired) Timberpeg independent representative Terry Bellew. Working with the Rileys, Terry was able to build a charming colonial that was not only a fantastic pub, but also a family residence. Typical of Timberpeg’s independent representatives, Terry’s background in home design and skill at balancing customer’s needs and budget endeared him to his customers. “We love Terry,” said Mary Riley. “He made it so easy. He helped extensively with the first part of the house. In fact, he helped with everything.”

The Hawk’s Head Public House has attracted attention from the film industry as well. Since the tavern is only a two hour drive from Hollywood, this Timberpeg has become a prime filming location. The pub was used as a filming location in the Steven Spielberg movie Amistad, about the 1839 slave ship uprising and ensuing legal case. In the film, the pub serves as a meeting location where lawyer Roger Sherman Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey) discusses strategy and negotiates his salary with Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman) and Lewis Tappan (Stellan Skarsgård).

The Rileys were so pleased with their Timberpeg colonial that they returned to Timberpeg for two additional projects. In 2003, Timberpeg shipped the Rileys a barn for use as a cider shed. Then, in 2005, the Rileys decided to expand the seating in the dining hall from 45 to 200, and Timberpeg was more than happy to help in this project as well.

If you are near Oak Glen, CA we highly recommend that you stop by and visit Riley’s Farm for a look at history, a fantastic meal and tour of the Timberpeg buildings that are sure to weather the course of history while helping to keep it alive.  Please contact Timberpeg if you’d like more information about building a genuine timber frame home. And, of course, we wish you all a Happy 4th of July!

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The Linville Floor Plan: Space-Efficient and Feature-Rich

A large house can be a wonderful thing, since more space means more room to live in. And while it is nice to have enough space for amenities and belongings, many people feel that a large home merely encourages them to buy furniture and decorations to fill space that is seldom used. If you are the type of person that prefers a smaller house but doesn’t want to skimp on the comforts, then the Linville floor plan may be just for you. Despite its modest 1698 square feet, this plan features
in-demand items like a first floor master suite and cathedral-ceiling great room.

First, you’ll notice the pictures in this post are renderings rather than photographs. While we normally post photographs of completed Timberpeg homes when discussing floor plans, we thought we could show you how our designers can use renderings to bring dream homes to life while it’s still in the design phase. Here, the Linville is a lake house, with abundant outside space. While a porch wraps around two-thirds of the house, a section off the dining room is a screen porch. Providing shelter from weather and insects, this space features its own outdoor fireplace for wonderful three-season entertaining.

Entering the house brings us to the dining room, with more than enough space for a table for six. Utilizing one of the great advantages of a timber-framed home, the dining area is open to the great room and kitchen so no space is wasted on unnecessary walls. The great room has a large stone fireplace and shares a cathedral ceiling with the dining area, features which aid in making the space feel cozy yet expansive at the same time. The kitchen is not pressed for space either, and includes an island with seating and a range. Since this build has no basement, the space below the stairs is utilized to the fullest with a stacked washer and dryer.

On the rear of the house, the master suite has all the amenities one looks for in a modern house. The bedroom has the space needed for any size bed, while the bathroom has ample room for a double vanity. Oftentimes in small houses, closet space is compromised, but the Linville easily accommodates a spacious walk in closet.

Heading upstairs, there is a small loft space overlooking the great room and dining room. Ahead is the larger of two bedrooms, featuring an en-suite bathroom with shower. There is a smaller bedroom with hall-accessed bath as well, which also serves as the guest bathroom for the house.

If you’d like to learn more about this plan, or how the talented designers at Timberpeg can create a custom plan for you, then contact the Timberpeg design team today.  When working with the Timberpeg team you’ll be able to explore visual renderings of your own timber frame home during the design process to help you envision the design in real life.  And while the rendering technology is great, there is of course nothing so wonderful as stepping foot inside your very own timber frame home for the first time.

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