- Pay Attention to Details
Have you ever noticed how the slightest detail makes a difference on buildings?
Many of our clients, especially those who have historic preservation projects have to adhere to certain guidelines and keep details authentic within the period in which a structure was built. If your building project is one of those, we at Batton Builders are here to help.
These classic, classy beauties would not pleasing to the eye if the architectural finishes were something from another era. It’s all in the details!
- Especially for Millennials
We often are asked by young folk who are building their first homes whether or not they should build a custom home. Here is an article which may be helpful in decision making. But, only you can make the right choice for you, your budget and your specific needs.
Batton Builders, Inc. is experienced at discussing the pros and cons of both. We are here if you need us!.
- Firepits and Outdoor Fireplaces
Can you feel it? It is here, folks. Last night there was a definite chill in the air. For lovers of the outdoors, the thought of more hibernation indoors is a hard idea to swallow.
Extend your outside season by adding a firepit or outdoor fireplace. Here is an article from Dwell about this latest trend in yard hardscapes and ideas to inspire you.
Beware: This blog comes with a warning. Be prepared! People love to gather and find fellowship around bonfires. So you had better stock up on graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows- all the ingredients for somemores.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
– L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Hop to it! The first frost promises to settle on lawns over the next couple of evenings. So while the days are still warm it’s the best time to get the fall clean-up list accomplished.
Today we share this article because it has good suggestions of home tasks that should be done outside and inside before the hibernation season has begun.https://successfulhomemakers.com/fall-cleaning-checklist/.
Wait a minute you might ask. “Haven’t we already been through the hibernation season with this virus?”
- Dribs and Drabs of Information.
Do you like to do small home repairs yourself and leave the big jobs to the pros? One of the most frequent home repairs can leave the mechanically uninclined scratching their heads.
This Old House has a good article about How to Fix a Leaky Fawcet. It might relieve some of the frustration.
But remember, “when you hire a plumber because no hot water is coming out of the kitchen sink, you need to go to the water heater, not the faucet.” – Joe Wurzelbacher
If you decide to replace your existing plumbing fixture, remember to buy:
That’s all for today from Batton Builders, Inc.
- History Repeats Itself
Back in the 1970’s Fred Batton, Jr. constructed many carports, in fact when building contemporary homes became popular and our father built our family’s most modern style home with high ceilings, and open rooms. The backside of the house had nearly ceiling to floor glass on both levels and we had a carport rather than a garage. (right hand side of the picture – where the stone is).
Carports are trending once again, however, now many feature solar heating. Have you ever considered this option? Obviously they are more popular in certain parts of the country where temperatures are more moderate and where building designs are less cookie-cutter traditional.
Come on back again soon. We enjoy digging through our archives and also keeping up with trends in the building business to share with our clients.
- Baltimore County Properties
As a company whose roots go back five generations, we at Batton Builders, Inc. are interested in projects involving historic properties. Over the years we have worked with clients to keep their property restorations historically accurate.
There is an abundance of resources at the Historic Society of Baltimore County. Unfortunately they are not readily available during this unique time in history when a pandemic is determining how we go about business and our lives.
There is a wonderful blog on Willow Grove Farm in the Cromwell Valley which is part of the Willow Grove Nature Center. Check out the post written by Ann Royston Blouse, out as well as all the other blogs on the HSOBC website. It’s interesting reading and interesting to learn more about the history our surroundings!
- Hidden Rooms
“The only true vision comes from….the inmost recesses of the human mind.” ~ Orson Scott Card
If you joined us last time, our blog post included mention of Ida Brown, a pioneering woman architect licensed in Maryland who admittedly didn’t see much sense in building traditional rooms if they weren’t going to get used.
Would she have endorsed the idea of highly used hidden rooms? If you are a baby boomer you probably remember how some houses back in the 1950’s had hidden bomb shelters. Well, hidden rooms have gotten a whole lot more interesting since then. Check out this article about 35 Curious Homes with Secret Rooms Inside.
Don’t want to build a whole secret room, you say. Bogus bookcases, hush-hush cupboards and secret seats are ideas for custom home designs too. There may be something in it for you! Consider your needs when having your home designed.
We at Batton Builders, Inc like putting our thinking caps on! Seems like something “fishy” is going on in this basement. What do you think they are building?
- Honoring Early Pioneers in Construction
“If people would plan their homes according to their actual needs and tastes, the face of America wouldn’t need lifting so often.” ~Ida Brown, AIA 1899 – 1983
There is a educational exhibit at Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air, Maryland about The Early Women of Architecture in Maryland. Liriodendron is the home of one of four founding fathers of Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Howard A. Kelly.
To put this exhibit into perspective for you, Catholic University in Washington DC did not begin their architectural degree program until 1945 and many of the architects featured in this exhibit were born in the last two decades of 1800.
Ida Brown, AIA was a forward thinking woman whose thoughts came nearly a century before today’s men and woman who advocate for simple living! Ms. Brown, it seems from this quote was all about the wise use of space and designing for purposeful living. It seems she didn’t see any sense in rooms no one went into and actively used. Such are the thoughts of advocates for simple living today. And by all means include spaces which suit ones own tastes – if you are an artist, for instance, accommodate for that in building an appropriate artist studio. If you are a car enthusiast who loves tinkering with autos, build the best garage geared toward functionality which will hold all the automotive gadgets and vehicles.
As a five generation custom home building company, we at Batton Builders, Inc. share the reason we have enjoyed what we do so much! It’s challenging, interesting and we’ve echoed many times over the same sentiments as architect Rose Greely, FASIA, who is also featured in the exhibit at Liriodendron Mansion.
The story behind the building of Liriodendron Mansion is very interesting. Check it out on their website. Guess who it’s been said designed the home? Dr. Kelly’s wife! She was not a licensed architect but she knew what she wanted – a home like those in her European homeland which would house her husband and nine children beautifully!
We at Batton Builders, Inc. hope you enjoyed this glimpse into some of the early architects here in Maryland and a home of historical importance! Go check it out if you have never seen it before it is a beautiful landmark in Bel Air, Maryland, the “Heart of Harford County.”
- Maintaining History
As a man whose ancestors go back five generations in the construction industry, Scott Batton has much respect for history. In this time of “realignment,” the value of holding on to history is never more important in Scott’s eyes. Such is the reason Scott enjoys his role as President of the Historical Society of Baltimore County.
Batton Builders, Inc. is on the Preservelist of contractors in Maryland who do historical preservation projects. Currently the company is doing a historic barn restoration.
We are proud of the heritage of our country, our company and the trust we earn from our clients.
P.S. If you see Scott Batton out and about today, wish the ole fella a Happy Birthday!! He’s learning to share his birthday with his nephew. Two year old Avery Batton.