- 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.
- Attitudes: In the Kitchen Sink
We are often surprised that our clients are taken by surprise by the number of decisions that have to be made when custom building a home. But attitude can make the experience dreaded or delightful. Every once in a while we need to remind our clients that building a custom home rather than purchasing a cookie-cutter home gives them the opportunity to showcase their tastes! Their home will end up a reflection of themselves. So taking the time to carefully consider the options is worthwhile.
Terms like top mount, under mount, apron, double and single basin, corner or angled basin, drainboard and rim are all terms a homeowner can expect to encounter when making decisions about kitchen sinks. If these terms seem a little overwhelming, doing a little pre-investigative homework before your builder begins talking kitchens, can take some of the guesswork out of what the terms mean. There is an excellent article from Kitchen Cabinet Kings that will help in your decision-making.
Don’t get discouraged while making decisions on your kitchen masterpiece. Please remember “When one is able to overcome the romantic and emotional attitude, one discovers truth even in the kitchen sink!” ~Chogyam Trungpa
- Garage of the Week
Did you know, according to a Wall Street Journal survey, only 11% of homeowners say they’re satisfied with their garage and wouldn’t want to improve it?
This is the time of year when many homeowners wish their garage was either more organized or they wish it was bigger. Just before winter sets in, many things that were outside such as lawn furniture, garden tools and sports gear (adults and kids) comes back inside and when a homeowner notices a deficit in space. The National Association of Professional Organizers say a 50% of all homeowners say their garage is the “most disorganized room in the house.” How about yours?
If you are super organized yet still at a loss for where to put all the stuff, you know what that means? It’s time to add another bay to your garage. Uh-huh.
Batton Builders, Inc. has built many garages.Some have been very basic but highly functional. Other garages have been considered more high end. After all, storing a highly-valued luxury vehicle can’t be crammed into a fallen down storage shed. One must protect their investment!
Thompson Company says “52% of homeowners want their garage to be the envy of neighbors.” Batton Builders, Inc. was pleased to help fulfill this clients’ vision of a his dream garage. It’s large enough to hold all the toys.
- Industry Ups and Downs
Today’s blog is short and sweet.
For more than one hundred years, Batton builders have been in the home construction business. Each of the five generations have had to deal with ups and downs in the industry. Although circumstances are sometimes out of our control, we manage to overcome the challenges.
- Time to Bring out the Statisticians?
We at Batton Builders, Inc. had a busy summer. It seems like with the blink of an eye, spring and summer are gone and it is already October. That means it’s time to button up and prepare your home for colder weather.
Last winter, did you notice any places where it seemed like your home was loosing heat? If so, now is the time to speak with a contractor about insulation. For a very reasonable $100, if you are in the Baltimore area, you can have Baltimore Gas and Electric, aka BG & E to locals, come do an energy audit. If you are outside of their service area, check with your own energy provider. Most suppliers like to have energy-wise consumers. Paul Theroux once said, “One thing about cold weather: it brings out the statistician in everyone!” so, don’t hesitate to inquire.
Here is a basic checklist to help you with a few basic tasks which will help prepare your home for winter and give you a little piece of mind.This blog is brought to you by Batton Builders, Inc. “Building Trust with Quality Work.”
- Fabulous Fireplaces
“We no longer build fireplaces for physical warmth we build them for the warmth of the soul; we build them to dream by, to hope by, to home by.” ~ Edna Ferber
The heating season is just around the corner. The advantages of adding a fireplace to any room can not be understated. In a dining room, it contributes to memorable meals, in a living room it gathers family together, in a den it ups the “cozy factor,” and in a bedroom, well, well, well… need we say it can heat things up?
Today we are featuring a few of our favorite fireplaces which have been constructed in homes we have built.
What does your dream fireplace and mantel look like? Let’s discuss it.
- Between a Rock and a Hardspot
When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out. ~David Weatherford
Over the years, we’ve had many very excited potential clients who think they’ve found their ideal building lot. They’ve asked us to come out and look at the plot and advise whether their dream home would be fitting for the spot. Sometimes, there are real challenges which come with the place they’ve chosen but we hate to dash anyone’s dreams, so we strive hard to find a way to make it happen.
Sometimes though – no matter how you look at it, the architect and building contractor is left feeling as if they were between a “rock and a hard spot.” Just sayin…
See you back here next week on this creative space where thoughts
on the building industry get published by Batton Builders, Inc.
- National Construction Week
The third week in September is National Construction Appreciation Week! Our purpose, says Mike Rydin “is to instill pride within the construction industry and inspire the next generation of young people by telling the story of American construction.” The organization has one unified message “I Build America.”
We at Batton Builders, Inc are glad to be part of I Build America simply because of the type work we and our ancestors have done for five generations “in the land of the free and the brave!”
Those who construct homes, churches, hospitals, skyscrapers,roads, bridges, and other infrastructure are all to be recognized and we will celebrate remotely with them!
If you wish to get involved, please visit the website for more information!