The snowy winter weather in the northern half of the country has been a bane to both residents and homebuilders. Nationwide, new home starts in February were down 17 percent from January. While that sounds severe, the role of weather is even more obvious when you look at the regional data. New home starts barely budged in the South, with a 2.5 percent decline, while the Northeast saw a staggering 56.5 percent drop.
These numbers do not reflect a long-term drop off in homebuilding, however. The economy is still improving, and employment and consumer confidence continue to climb. While fewer homes were started last month, permitting climbed by another 3 percent over January. This indicates that while the weather caused some home projects to be delayed, the demand for new houses continues to climb. We are certainly keeping busy in the Timberpeg offices!
Just as spring brings more home construction, it also gets more people thinking about building a new home. For this reason, spring is also the time of year that home shows start to become more popular. Of course, if you have any questions about designing and building a timber frame home of your own, then we encourage you to contact Timberpeg directly or talk with your local independent representative. If you would prefer to learn more about timber frame homes at a home show, then there are several in the next few weeks and months we will be attending.
Last week, Timberpeg attended the New Hampshire State Home show in Manchester. If you missed us there last week you can catch us this weekend at the HomeLife Expo in Hanover, New Hampshire. This show began today, Friday, March 20th at 2 and will be open until 8pm. It will continue through the weekend – Saturday from 10am-8pm and Sunday from 10am-3pm. Come visit Timberpeg Independent Representative Old Hampshire Designs at table E30 and talk with them about their experience building Timberpeg homes for over 30 years. The show even has a kids play area and local farmers’ market with food and crafts. Click here for show details.
If you live in the upper Midwest, then next weekend we will be visiting the Log and Timber Home Show in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This show will start on Friday, March 27th from 12-8pm and conclude Saturday from 10am-6pm. Click here for show details. Then, in May we will be in upstate New York at the Log and Timber Frame Show in Lake George. The Show begins Friday, May 15 and runs through Sunday, May 17. Click here for show details. Both of these shows have tickets on sale for $12 online.
If one of these shows works for you, we look forward to meeting you to discuss your Timberpeg home. We keep scheduling shows throughout the year, so if there isn’t one in your area you can keep checking our show listings here. Or, feel free to contact Timberpeg today so we can help answer any questions you have.