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  • Decisions, Decisions

    So, you’ve got some decisions to make about your new kitchen or your kitchen remodeling project? Just the choices for kitchen counters alone can be overwhelming never mind the floor, cabinetry, lighting fixtures. A little knowledge about kitchen work surfaces can go a long way in helping you to understand the options.

    There are utilitarian pros and cons to every finish you could chose. So weigh the options carefully. Here is a link to a website that details the most popular choices in kitchen counters. This information will give you a head start in your decision making and asking to see samples will also be useful.

    Still undecided? Sometimes construction decisions become about aesthetics, What is most pleasing to YOUR EYE?  After all everyone sees things differently and in the end, you have to please yourself.  Aesthetics =the branch of philosophy that deals with the principles of beauty and artistic taste.

  • Job Site Sensory Overload

    “Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.” 
    – Vladimir Nabokov

    After their father passed away, Scott Batton’s twin sisters, Jan and Sue, were reminiscing about going with their father to his job sites when they were growing up. Their father, Fred (3rd generation Batton builder), liked showing his children the homes he was building for his clients. And the girls enjoyed seeing them. They also liked climbing up the ladders and walking across scaffolding. At times though, it was scary.

    Jan said, “What I liked about going to the job site with Dad was the seeing the layout of the house – where the bedrooms, living room, bath, kitchen etc. were placed in the overall configuration of the house plans.”

    “Yeah, that was fun. I have so many good memories of being a builder’s daughter,” said Sue, but, “best of all was the sensory overload I got when we got out of Dad’s pick-up truck and walked the grounds of the job site. In my mind, the smell was good enough to bottle.”

    “What smell?” asked Jan. “I don’t understand.”

    “Don’t you remember, Jan? That smell of tree roots unearthed and dirt freshly dug up by a bulldozer. It was so pungent.  Add to that the smell of the man glitter! There is nothin’ better!”

    “Sue, are you having a senior moment or something? What are you talking about?  MAN GLITTER?”

    Yep, Saw Dust = Man Glitter. 

    Best Smells in the World – Freshly Bulldozed Earth and Saw Dust. Needs to be Bottled!

    Anyone have a good idea for the label?

  • Preservation Maryland

    The purpose of today’s blog is to share resources for those who have questions about old properties they have purchased or are considering investing in. If you are seeking information about whether a home or structure is in a designated “historic district,” historical societies at the county level can usually steer you in the right direction. For instance, if you need information on a property in Baltimore County, contact the Historical Society in Baltimore County, it could be a good starting place.

    A property is considered a “historic property,” according to dyed-in-the-wool preservationists, if a structure was built fifty years ago or more.

    Knowing certain terminology used by historians is very useful when talking with a builder. There is difference between restoration, preservation, rehabilitation and stabilization. Preservation Maryland’s website has all kinds of very useful information about heritage fund grants and how to apply for them. There is also information about where to take tours and attend historic preservation workshops.  Partnerships and internships are available through their programs.

    If you are keen on Baltimore County history, the Historical Society of Baltimore County offers a Sunday series of lectures that are always interesting. They recently brought the Smithsonian Waterways Program to the county, and it was well-attended.

    Go to Preservation Maryland on-line. There are fascinating featured stories about really cool restoration projects all over the state such as at the Glyndon Train Station in Baltimore County.  An emphasis on Stewardship of Churches on the Eastern Shore is a fun read as is the Reuse Feasibility Study at Winstead Tobacco Packing Plant. Check it out, its fascinating stuff for all you history buffs!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Historical Molding

    We’re involved in a historical restoration project which, in part, will mean reproducing molding that dates back to the 1883. Back then all decorative trim work was custom made and had unique profiles to the era. Although there are restoration companies where one can purchase chair rails and other decorative trim work, it comes with high price tag.  In the interest of keeping within the project budget, we will be using our own carpentry skills to make the matching trim work.

    Historical preservation projects force us to slow down and appreciate the work of the woodworking artisans who came before us. It’s satisfying to know we have the skills to craft an exact replication.

    Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can. 
    I look upon the whole world as my parish. ~ John Wesley
  • A Builder’s Famous Last Words

    We, at Batton Builders, Inc have been echoing the same words as the four generations who have come before us.

    We just can’t help it!

    And the kids from each generation make the requisite eye rolls and have the same responses. After all, they’ve heard it before.

    ” Yes, Dad, we know!”

  • Peace In the House

    So, the family is growing or you’re hearing grumblings about the hubby wanting a man cave? Perhaps there’s a need for space for your teens to have a pool table so you can try to keep them closer under your wing. Maybe you are hearing complaints of little sisters play toys getting in the way. Grandpa says it’s time to move into your house.

    We have contingencies for all of that and it usually starts with 2 X 4’s. Get in touch and we will talk about more!

  • Outdoors Living Spaces

     Summertime…

    ’tis the season when we can’t be outside enough after being closed up and inside all winter.

    What’s that you say? “Your house feels all closed up year round.”

    Even in the season of light and bright?

    That is not a good thing. Batton Builders can change that! And in fact, having front porches and other outdoors living spaces could be beneficial to your health. Don’t believe me? Read this article or come on over and we’ll talk about it.

    P.S. This date holds an important place on the calendar for two Batton family members, any guesses?

  • Decorative Effects

    Today’s blog will be short and sweet for you. Celebrate the red, white and blue!

    Happy 4th of July from Batton Builders! 

    Show us your true colors by decking yourself

    or your house with flags, buntings & banners.

    Tell me, I am listening, what does being an American homeowner mean to you?

    Drop us a comment.

     

  • Youthful Beginnings

    Anytime Batton Builders, Inc.’s construction projects include restoring old stone structures or building with stones from the ground up, it excites Scott seeing it all come together. Careful consideration of the placement of each rock is important to ensure a firm foundation.

    “Yes, I am a self-proclaimed rock hound,” says Scott Batton. “I suppose it began with living in a house my dad built in the foundation of an old Civil War barn, playing in the woods and creek that bordered our property and excursions through the woods to Glen Ellen Castle.

    This image from Quartzsite Happenings makes Scott ponder how large of a stone playhouse he could have built his future grand kids if he’d began saving every fascinating rock he ever encountered.

     

     

  • I Humbly Submit

    Scott Batton and his entire family are real dog lovers. He says he “humbly submits to opening and closing the doors for his four canines more times in a day than he cares to admit.” He says “he works hard at it so his dogs can have a better life.”

    But, truth be known, sometimes he resents the dogs being so in charge of his life. The other day he told his four legged friends ” You are not the boss of my life. There has got to be a better way” ~

     

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