Reducing Personal Stress While Building a Home

Many people who have built a new home will tell you that the experience can be quite stressful. With the large number of decisions to be made and tasks that need to be accomplished, building a home can create tension, especially with your spouse or partner. Luckily, if you choose to build a home with Timberpeg our talented staff and Independent Representatives will help to eliminate as much stress as possible from the building process. Here are some tips for ensuring that your build process is as smooth as possible.

South Carolina post and beam lake home

Agree on a Budget

A budget is one of the first items that you need to decide on, and often you and your partner will have different ideas on what constitutes a reasonable budget. This is often also the most contentious disagreement in the whole building process. To keep your stress down, agree to a budget and stick to it. Since it becomes more expensive to make changes to a house as the build process proceeds, having a firm budget at the start of the project also helps save you money.

Agree on Priorities

post and beam loft officeWhen building a new house, we oftentimes first consider all the new exciting spaces that the home can have. However, concentrating on the most used areas of the home is your best strategy. Since you sleep almost a third of the day, prioritizing a restful bedroom is a good move. If someone works from home, then an inviting and functional office space may also be a high requirement. Once the needs of all family members are taken care of, you can move on to the wants.

Use Separate Spaces

When you are designing rooms that all family members will use, you should certainly solicit everyone’s input. Surely, both you and your spouse will have ideas that will make the kitchen or bathroom function better and look better for you. That said, don’t be afraid of designing separate spaces. Even in the best relationships, people need time to be alone and pursue their own interests. These rooms don’t have to be elaborate or large, but private spaces for offices, arts and crafts, “man caves” or the like can be a great idea.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

When building the home you will be called on to make many major decisions, but our great network of Independent Representatives and builders will help guide you through the process. For example, while you will want to choose a tile you like for the bathroom, there is no reason for you to spend hours considering which type of grout makes the most sense. You have hired competent people to help advise you on building your home, and they are more than willing to help.

While you cannot eliminate all the stress from building a home, working with the right people helps. Timberpeg has been delivering timber frame “housing solutions” for over 40 years because our helpful staff knows how to build your dream home with as little stress as possible. If you’re looking for a low-stress timber frame home, please contact Timberpeg today.

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Prepare For Next Ski Season With the Vermont Ski Cottage

The Vermont Ski Cottage, perfect for next season!

For most of us, winter cannot end soon enough and the spring thaw is more than welcome. For the avid skier, however, this is a bittersweet time of year. Spring skiing can be very enjoyable, but the end of the season draws nearer every day. Although this ski season must come to an end, we have the perfect way to make the most of future ski seasons. If you live to hit the slopes, then the Vermont Ski Cottage is an ideal home base. Read below to see how the Vermont Ski Cottage is the perfect lodge for parties large and small.

Large dormers make the upstairs very functional.

Despite its modest 32 by 24 foot outline, the Vermont Ski Cottage packs in a great deal of features. The design of the cottage incorporates a steep-sloped roof (as you would expect in a snowy area) with large dormers on each side. This form allows for a main floor and walk-out basement occupying the entire outline, as well as an upper floor around half that size. Within this outer structure, we have designed two interior layouts.

"Base" Plan Main Floor

The first layout will host a great number of guests without putting a strain on the budget. The main floor is accessed through a patio space and door leading into the living room. The living space can comfortably seat five or more people, and the cathedral wall windows allow great views to the winter wonderland outside. Dining space is also provided in this area, either at a separate table or in bar seating off the kitchen.The kitchen is a convenient U-layout, with the dual vanity bathroom immediately across the hall. In this design, all the plumbing is here in the middle of the first floor, which is an economical and practical choice. Beyond are two bedrooms, each with closets and one large enough for a queen bed.

"Base" Plan Upper Floor

Upstairs, the space is left as a loft bedroom area, easily accommodating three or more twin beds plus a seating area.

"Deluxe" Plan Main Floor

In the second plan, the house is arranged to provide a more comfortable space for longer stays. Here, the kitchen, living and dining areas are much the same as in the first plan, but there is only one bedroom on the floor. This allows for a larger bedroom, with a walk-thru closet leading to a master bathroom with a large shower. The upstairs is also more private, with two bedrooms sharing a common bath.

"Deluxe" Plan Upper Floor

The basement also provides great living space, with a closet and ski storage available as you walk in from outside. A half-bath and laundry are welcome additions, and the family room provides even more space to relax and recuperate. An office off the family room is accessed by a hidden pocket door and can also be used as an additional bedroom.

"Deluxe" Plan Basement

If the Vermont Ski Cottage seems like the perfect addition to your next ski season, please contact Timberpeg today. Our staff would love to work with you to create the perfect ski lodge for you.

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Spring is the Season for a Timberpeg Home Show

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.

barn home with snow and clouds

Snow compliments the beauty of a timber frame home, but it is hard to work in!

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!

Once the weather is more favorable and materials are on site, a Timberpeg home comes together quickly.

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.

Helpful displays - and helpful people - will be present to answer any questions you may have.

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.

We recently featured the Lakewood, built by Old Hampshire Designs, Timberpeg Independent Representatives

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.

Home shows are a great first step towards building your dream Timberpeg home.

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.

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Roofing Materials for the Timber Frame Home

At its most basic level, the function of a roof is to protect the home from the ravages of the elements. In practice, of course, the roof is much more than that and has a very profound effect on the appearance and maintenance of the home. Since roofing options are often a prime source of questions among Timberpeg customers, we thought we would assemble this guide to the more popular choices. Here is a breakdown of the benefits and costs of various roofing choices.

Asphalt Shingles

Timberpeg home built by Smith & Robertson, Inc.Throughout residential construction in the United States, asphalt shingles are undoubtedly the most popular choice in roofing finishes. They are also known as 3-tab shingles and are constructed of paper saturated with (or fiberglass coated with) asphalt. They are the least expensive option available, as the material costs around $70-$90 per square (100 square feet). Despite the low cost, asphalt shingles provide excellent protection for their functional lifetime. Typical manufacturers’ warranties are 25 years. Since asphalt is softened by heat and washed away by rain, these shingles last the longest in cool climates or hot, arid climates.

Architectural Shingle

This is an increasingly popular subtype of asphalt shingle. Here, the two layers of fiberglass/asphalt shingle are bonded together with an asphalt sealant. This construction gives the shingle more depth and texture, giving it more of a wooden shingle appearance while avoiding the maintenance costs associated with wooden shingles.  Architectural shingles cost 10-20 percent more than 3-tab shingles, but the installation costs are the same since they are installed in exactly the same manner. Longer warranties are typically available on Architectural shingle than are for 3-tab.

Wooden Shakes or Shingles

Although the terms shake and shingle are often used interchangeably, they have different meanings. Shakes are made from a split of wood, while shingles are sawn. You can visit the Western red cedar is typically used due to its natural resistance to decay. Wooden shakes are especially popular when building a home to a specific historical style, such as a Cape Cod design. However, if the wood is not pressure treated sealant must be reapplied every few years. It is also important to keep the roof free of debris like pine needles and leaves. Shakes cost $200 to $300 per square and are more expensive to install than asphalt shingles.

Steel

Home Built by Tony Ciufo, Ciufo, Inc.

Compared to other options, metal roofing is extremely durable. Steel roofing eventually requires re-coating to prevent corrosion, but it can be up to 50 years before this action is necessary. Warranties are also typically 50 years. As a bonus, modern metal roofs incorporate reflective pigments that reflect more sunlight and lead to lower cooling costs. In areas prone to wildfires, metal roofing frequently qualifies for insurance discounts. The material for metal roofs average about $500 per square, but the roof is very low maintenance and typically has very high resale value.

Copper

Home built by Smith & Robertson, Inc. - www.smithandrobertson.com

Within the category of metal roofing, copper undoubtedly reigns supreme. It can last for hundreds of years and it develops a wonderful green patina. If there are ever any small leaks, they can be easily fixed with solder. The costs are very high, since the material alone runs over $1000 per square and installation costs are also high. However, the roof is fully recyclable in the unlikely event that the roof ever needs to be removed. Given the expense, full copper roofs are rare but Timberpeg homeowners will sometimes choose to add them as an aesthetic detail on dormer or porch roofs.

After looking at these roofing options, what choice do you think would look the best on your Timberpeg home? Would you go with that tradition of shakes, or everlasting copper? Regardless of your preference, please contact Timberpeg today to start designing your dream timber frame home, roof and all.

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