- Stylish Transformations
So, you’ve been pondering the entryway to your home for a long, long time feeling as if when you come into your house, it’s like arriving into a deep abyss. You want to scream out to visitors, “bring the light in with you” but your funds will only allow for small renovation, rather than a big change to a floor plan.
Transom windows can do great things to brighten up a home’s entrance and provide big rewards in the overall stylishness of a home. But that is not all. Did you know the early use a transom window was to help with the overall health of the home? Here’s an article that might be of interest if you feel a stagnancy in certain places within your home.
A New Year is a good time to make changes to appearances. Louis Kahn once said “The Sun does not realize how wonderful it is until after a room is made.” So, take that dark and dreary space in your home and give it some bright and light. Illuminate it with the addition of a stylish window.
There are so many options to chose from. Give us a call and we will see what we can do to help you change the façade.
First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. ~ Napoleon Hill
- A Tip for the Season: Home Shows
“Always be a work in progress.” ~ Emily Lillian
Back in 1964 my parents took the family to the New York World’s Fair. I was very young but my older siblings recall it. They’ve talked about some of the futuristic things they saw such as the General Electric Pavilion which at the time featured ideas that seemed so very outlandish. Most of the household appliances have come to pass and have entered into many generations of progress beyond what was showcased back in the 1960s. For example, today robotic driven vacuum cleaners are available.
So, in a New Year and in the new decade of 2020, we at Batton Builders, Inc. stop to ponder what the houses of the future will look like. How will science and technology drive how we function in and outside of our homes? In the last decade the popularity of controlling things with a remote rather than the flip of a electric switch has increased significantly. We can now turn heat and air conditioning on and off from a remote location or lower storm shutters from a distance.
What’s next? What tools of our trade are coming down the track to make our jobs as builders easier? I am sure exhibitors at the spring construction trade shows, as well as at the home and garden shows, can’t wait to show us!
- Keeping the Vintage. Cheers!
Happy New Year 2020! If you are like us, we did plenty of tasting of food and drink over the holidays. Now two-thousand and nineteen is behind us in more ways than one. Sorry for the bad pun. Will try to do better in the future.
Perhaps in your sampling of wine over the holidays you’ve decided in 2020 you want to seriously pursue something new like becoming a wine collector and/or connoisseur. Ok, that’s fine! But what about storing the vintage? You need a proper environment. Hate to tell you but you can’t just stash it in the basement in a way that won’t properly protect your investment in the drink. But, I know you know better than that.
We at Batton Builders, Inc. have built wine cellars for folks whose intentions are real serious! They know their stuff. Here’s a sample, drink in all the ambiance and then call us. We can help you!
- Creature Comforts
We don’t know about you but your pets do! They idolize people whom they recognize treat them right. If you are anything like us, your pet becomes a part of the family and in many cases they rule the house.
More and more people who are having new houses built are looking for ways to make their homes more pet-friendly. You know, help their creatures fit in so pet bowls aren’t being tripped over in the kitchen, and spaces where the whole house doesn’t go to the dogs on bath days for the pup. Here’s an article with 8 pet-friendly home design ideas . Some of the suggestions can be easily accomplished with a small home renovation project, and it does not necessarily mean building a new home to accommodate for pets.
Don’t forget to be thoughtful toward your pet this holiday season and include them in your gift giving. You probably know from experience neglect can come back to bite you! Or worse, you might end up in the dog house!
Happy holidays from one dog house to another!
- PSA: Chimney Care
Among homeowners there is always a rush to get the “to-do” list finished by the time the holidays roll around. Some of tasks “honey” can do but some take a professional. At this time of year, entertaining is at the top of the list. Today Batton Builders, Inc. would like to post this public service announcement and remind you not to neglect your chimney! You don’t want to start any trouble with the creosote or the man in the red suit.
When was the last time you had a conversation with your local chimney sweep?
- Community Building
Today we are going to share an article from Preservation Maryland which we found of interest since we recently did some work on this historic place of worship in Baltimore City. We need all the peace we can get in cities and towns in America both during the holidays and year round. Spread the good news about this sacred place, near and far, with others who are interested in restoration, preservation, houses of worship and museums. Check out the article.
During this season of Advent, let us all remember “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
- From Our House to Yours
Today’s blog is short and sweet! We’d like to take a few minutes to say thank you to all whom we work with! Our clients, our vendors who supply us and for all those who are part of our making our work day pleasant. Among our good fortune is the very true and real fact that the work of the men in our family who came before us laid a strong foundation.
We at Batton Builders, Inc. are blessed to be surrounded by good people! Thank you!
- Home Libraries
Did you know there has been a big change in trends when it comes to home libraries? To previous generations, Cicero’s famous quote “If you have a garden and a library you have everything,” was the whole-hearted truth. “Not so!” say men and women of today’s generation.
There are several reasons why the family garden patch is seen less frequently and an entire room dedicated to housing books is not as high in demand. As a society, we are no longer dependent on growing our own food, and literary tastes have changed too! Many people are purchasing electronic books (e-books), so precious space is not taken up with volumes of books. After all, in this day and age, people are more transient and are less likely to stay in one home for a lifetime and moving lots of books from place to place is not easy.
For some people, having a home library is still of utmost importance, and it is still the most frequently used room in the house, other than the kitchen. But if you would rather include a home library in your living space without constructing an entire room for books, here are a few stunning and creative ideas for old and young alike!
- Heritage Proud
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” ~ Gandhi
Happy Veterans Day, Everybody!
Last night at the annual fundraiser for the Historical Society of Baltimore County, we at Batton Builders, Inc. were reminded of how without our country’s veterans protecting our freedoms in the United States, the entrepreneurial spirit our city and county, state and country so enjoys would not be in existence.
The 60th annual fundraiser was held at the fabulous Baltimore Museum of Industry. Many businesses, nationally and internationally known and recognized, are rooted in Baltimore, such as:
- Black and Decker – Tool manufacturer
- Stieff Silver – America’s Oldest Silversmith
- Head Ski – now manufacturers of much more than just skis!
- The B & O Railroad – America’s First Railroad
- Sweetheart Cup Company
We were proud to be sponsors of the event along with other Baltimore businesses which have been in existence for many generations (such Loane Brothers, Inc. and Elgius B von Paris) as well as more recently formed businesses such as Liberty Pure Solutions and non-profits like the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy who call Baltimore “home.”
Our thanks goes out to James Keffer at the head of HSOBC, his entire Board and wonderful volunteers who made the evening so delightful. What a fitting venue to hold the 60th Anniversary celebration of the Historical Society of Baltimore County!
Whether you are a Maryland resident or not, if you have never stepped foot inside the Baltimore Museum of Industry, you are missing out. A cultural highlight of the city! There is a wealth of interesting memorabilia and displays that will take you back to the history of the Light City – Brilliant Baltimore!
- Housing Trends
Being in the home construction business, Batton Builders, Inc. tries their best to stay informed on the latest housing trends. Did you know according to the American Society on Aging multigenerational living is rising? Yes, it is. There are a few basic reasons:
- People are getting married at a later age
- Longer life expectancy
- Baby boomers are now becoming caretakers for their elderly parents
- Some cultures are used to multi-generational living
- The past recession caused people to stop, take stock and perhaps live a little differently.
Multi-generational living used to be common place in America. Did you know at one time, back in the 1940s, one-quarter of the U.S. population lived with three or more generations in one home? According to the American Society on Aging, it comes with benefits. Want to know more? Here is a link to the article.
Do you have a full nest and still need more space for family? Perhaps an addition of a “mother-in-law” suite or an apartment in your existing garage might provide a little breathing room and keep family all under one roof. Explore all your options.