A Mountain Riverside Retreat in New Hampshire

The home highlighted here was featured in Cabin Life magazine’s August issue.Pick up a copy to see more photos, the floor plan and to get some great tips for enjoying cabin life in the mountains of New Hampshire.

For their entire lives, even before meeting one another, Bob and Kathy Brustlin have enjoyed the year round vacation opportunities that the White Mountains have to offer. From tubing and hiking in summer to the fabulous winter skiing, the Brustlins knew that this was the place to build a getaway of their own. When a quarter-acre lot became available along the Pemigewasset River, they jumped at the opportunity. In order to realize their vision of a riverside retreat at the challenging site, they turned to architect Ward D’Elia of Samyn-D’Elia Architects, who are also Timberpeg Independent Representatives Timberframe Design, Inc.

From the outside, the steep pitch of the roof is the first striking visual feature of the home. In fact, the roof is about twice as steep as a typical roof in the area. This design was chosen to maximize the living space under the roof on the second floor, while also evoking the form of a Swiss chalet. The roof is so pitched that it allows for a third floor loft space accessed by a ship’s ladder from the second floor. The multiple gables and wood shingle exterior also draw inspiration from Victorian lake homes.

Once inside the home, you immediately notice that all interior finishes are wood. This creates a warmth and openness in the cozy 1600 square foot home. You enter the great room, which lives up to its name with its cathedral ceilings and stone fireplace with moose head mounted above. The great room also has a door opening onto the rear deck, which is mere feet from the river, yet elevated above the flood plain. The kitchen uses a compact L-layout, with a doorway between the two sections leading to a washroom and storage.

The home also makes the most of its space upstairs. The auxiliary bedroom suite can be configured for multiple uses. It consists of a main bedroom area, bathroom and sitting area where the loft would normally be. Instead of the loft being open to the great room, it has windows that overlook the great room but can be covered for privacy. In this fashion, the guest suite can be used as a large, private suite or two separate bedrooms for larger numbers of guests.

A laundry room is present just outside the master suite, with a space-saving barn-style door. Inside the master suite, this technique is used again, with the master bathroom accessed by a sliding barn door. This feature means the bathroom can accommodate a large soaker tub, separate shower, and bidet. The master suite has several closets, as well as a separate sleeping and study area.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the Riverside Retreat home. Pick up Cabin Life magazine’s August issue to see more photos, the floor plan and to get some great tips for enjoying cabin life in the mountains of New Hampshire. Next week, we will look at a Timberpeg home on Martha’s Vineyard (featured in Vineyard Style Magazine’s Spring 2015 issue) with plenty of classic post and beam charm.

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Timber Frame Homes for the Practical Dad

timber frame home on the shore with reflection in the water

Perhaps a riverside Timberpeg is what you really want for next Father’s Day?

For Mother’s Day this year, we ran a four part series on the features that a modern mom looks for when purchasing a home. For Father’s Day, it only seemed appropriate that we also dedicated a post to dad’s concerns in the home buying process. While we find women tend to exert a larger share of the decision making when buying a home, it is a process that men are very involved in as well. Since purchasing a home is a large financial commitment, there are many practical concerns that homebuyers have. Here are some reasons that we feel a Timberpeg home is the perfect choice for a practical dad.



Although you’ll probably never want to sell it, you’ll appreciate that your home holds its value. (Home Built by Timberpeg Independent Representative Bondville Construction)

For the vast majority of us, buying a home is the largest purchase we will ever make. For the practical dad, ensuring that the home holds its value is thus of utmost concern. According to the annual “Cost of Raising a Child” report from the USDA, a middle-income family will spend over $245,000 raising a child to the age of eighteen. Of that figure, around a third ($74,000) is increased housing cost. If that additional investment in housing keeps its value over the years, the family is better positioned for future expenses like college tuition.


Traditional or modern, timber frame homes have high resale. (Home Built by Timberpeg Independent Representative, Smith & Robertson, Inc.)

Timber frame homes are a great choice in part because they have such great resale value. Due to their impressive visual appearance and durability, timber frame homes remain desirable and keep value decades down the road.

Running Costs


SIP construction means low energy costs.

With the costs of mortgage interest, insurance, and taxes, the last thing you want is a home that requires a great deal of money to keep running. Without a doubt, the largest expense for most homeowners is energy. Between electricity for running air conditioners as well as heating oil, propane, or natural gas for heating, energy is usually the largest expense in running the home.

With their efficient construction, Timberpeg homes are great for reducing energy costs. While most conventional homes can only accommodate R-19 insulation in 2×6 walls, the structural insulated panels (SIP) of a Timberpeg can achieve twice that level of insulation. On average, a Timberpeg built with SIPs will often use 20-50% less energy than a conventional home, saving your family serious money every year.


Very little heat is lost through this Timberpeg roof! (Home Built by Timberpeg Independent Representative Bondville Construction)

Durability and Beauty

Most dads feel a great sense of pride from being a “provider” for the family. While many people only think of this in a financial sense, providing a home that the family can be proud of is important to dad. A Timberpeg means a family home that wows everyday with its charm yet is never boring due to its uniqueness. The resilient posts and beams provide a sense of stability needed in the home without appearing imposing. Every day, you will be glad to come home to a Timberpeg.


Home Built by Timberpeg Independent Representative, Smith & Robertson, Inc.

We hope all you dads out there have a wonderful Father’s Day. If you are looking for a Timberpeg to spend your future Father’s Days in, please contact us.

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Summer Outdoor Safety at the Barn Home

It’s no secret that timber frame home owners live for the outdoors. Post and beam homes, with their beautiful natural elements, seem especially at home in the wilderness and similarly attract those who love the great outdoors. With summer finally here, many of us are spending increased amounts of time outdoors. We thought this would be a great time to review some safety tips for the summer season. While summer may seem like a season with less safety hazards than the winter, every season has its risks that can be minimized with proper planning and care.

Make sure to keep it safe when outdoors this summer!

Make sure to keep it safe when outdoors this summer! Home above built by Independent Representative, Smith & Robertson, Inc.

Secure Your Swimming Pool

Among children under five, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death after motor vehicle accidents. In many Sunbelt states, it is the leading cause of accidental death. Most of these incidents are tied to backyard pools. In order to protect young children, fencing off the pool is probably the best option. Four-sided fencing that surrounds the pool on all sides and is at least four feet high is recommended. Self-closing and locking gates are also recommended. Experts also recommend removing any toys from the pool area so children are less tempted to enter.

Timber Frame Pool House Patio | Timber Frame Home

For maximum safety, you should fence off your pool from the home and yard.

If fencing is not an option, then a safety cover is a good solution. These covers can support the weight of children and pets, preventing them from entering the water. As a bonus, they will also help keep the pool clean when not in use.

Be Safe When Grilling

According to Allstate Insurance, there are around 7,500 out of control grill fires each year, causing $70 million in property damage. The leading cause of these fires was objects placed too close to the grill. Make sure your grill is away from your house and any flammable objects. Even if it doesn’t start a fire, the heat from the grill can cause damage to your house’s exterior if it is too close.

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The grill at this Timberpeg home is safely away from the side of the house. Home designed by Independent Representative, Erich Diller of Evolve Design Group, LLC

The largest share of injuries from operating a grill occur when lighting the fire. If you have a grill with electronic ignition, use it. If you need to light the grill with a match, a long-handled match holder is a good idea. For charcoal grills, a chimney is much better than using starter fluid, but if you use starter fluid do not add it to an existing fire.

Lightning Safety

The heat of summer is also the perfect catalyst for creating thunderstorms. Of course, the safest place to be in a thunderstorm is indoors, with NOAA estimating that 99% of people killed by lightning are outdoors. If you can’t get indoors, then a metal-roofed vehicle is also great shelter from a thunderstorm. It is notoriously unsafe to take shelter under a tree, and even permanent outdoor shelters offer little protection.

Mildale farm barn before thunderstorm

When storms threaten, we recommend a Timberpeg for shelter.

Of course, these safety tips are just the beginning of outdoor safety in the summer season. We hope all of you barn home owners, and future barn home owners, stay safe outdoors in this and all the coming years.

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Making the Most of a Small Kitchen

post and beam kitchen with wine rack

The kitchen can be fully-functional yet a manageable size.

On this blog, we probably feature the kitchen more than any other room in the post and beam home. Since the kitchen is the most “functional” room, with glamorous appliances and necessary plumbing and electrical considerations, it is a logical choice. With all these features, it can be tempting to install as large a kitchen as possible. Most professional chefs, however, actually prefer a smaller home kitchen. After all, we may fantasize about cooking in a large kitchen, but no one ever fantasizes about cleaning a large kitchen! Here are some ideas the professionals use to build a fully-functional kitchen in a reasonable footprint.

Galley Kitchens are the Most Efficient

While L-shaped or U-shaped kitchens are very popular, a galley style kitchen offers the most utility for a given space. The large, linear countertops on either side of you mean that working space is always nearby. If you have enough space, then one of the outer sides of the galley can serve the dual function of bar seating space.


A galley kitchen, seen here with bar seating, maximizes a kitchen’s space. Home built by         Timberpeg Independent Rep, Smith & Robertson, Inc.

Prioritize Your Counter Space

Professional chefs agree that counter space is a priority in the kitchen. Without sufficient counter space, preparing meals and cleaning up afterwards becomes undesirable. One way to maximize your counter space is to keep few items stored on the counters. A knife block takes up a great deal of space, so a magnetic knife bar is a great choice to keeps knives accessible but off the counters. You can even buy knife bars with wood fronts that protect the knives and look great. Also, if you have infrequently used counter items like stand mixers, store them elsewhere between uses.

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Large, uncluttered counters are vital in any kitchen. Home designed by Timberpeg Independent Rep, Evolve Design Group

One place you can consider sacrificing counter space is near the refrigerator. Experts recommend that you have suitable counter space on each side of your sink, refrigerator and cooktop. If you need to trim some counter space, however, the space near the refrigerator is the least important.

Use Pot Racks

Pots and pans are notorious space hogs inside drawers. Unlike cutlery or tableware, pots and pans tend to have unique shapes that make them hard to nest together. Rather than tying up precious cabinet space, consider using hanging pot racks. These save space and make the pots very accessible for use.

tuscan style post and beam kitchen with fireplace

A pot rack (that also stores wine!) adds great utility in this small kitchen. Home built by Timberpeg Independent Rep, Smith & Robertson, Inc.

Consider Innovative Cabinets

A pantry is a great convenience, especially in the small kitchen. However, if you do not have room for a full-size pantry, then a pull-out pantry is a great choice. These pantries replace some cabinets, and pull out from the wall to allow access from both sides. Pull out pantries make it possible to store food the full depth of the cabinets without having to dig out items from the back.

post and beam kitchen

The nearby pantry helps keep this small kitchen organized.  Home built by Timberpeg Independent Rep, A.B. & J.R. Hodgkins, Inc.

Corner cabinets have also long been a problem area. While the turntable has been the traditional approach, modern cabinets use corner storage that slides directly out from the corner. This also makes for much more efficient cabinet storage.

We hope this post has shown how even small kitchens can be a great environment in which to cook. If you have ideas for a kitchen design, large or small, please contact Timberpeg to talk with our designers today.

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