• Home Libraries & Honey Do

    Back in November, not too many months ago, one of our blog posts was about home libraries and how fewer families put them at the top of their lists of desires anymore.

    Oh, how things may have changed. With the stay-at-home orders issued by Governors and other federal officials, there maybe quite a few people who are wishing right about now they had a big, big family library to while-away some hours browsing the book shelves rather than attacking the long “honey do list” that had been put on the back burner for when there was more free time!!! Just saying….

    How about you? How are you doing with staying occupied in place?

  • Making a List

    We are betting you, like many others, have not spent this much time within the walls of your home in a stones age. You’re probably building a new relationship with your abode and the people inside it.

    Mandatory stay-at- home rules will cause people to notice things they hadn’t before. The walls in the kitchen need refreshing, the carpet has gotten dingy or the bath needs reworking for more efficiency in space.

    Perhaps you’ve found spending more time at home with the family has had its rewards and you want to get back to that. But now that the children are getting bigger a family room would help you all enjoy more time together.

    Now’s the time to make a punch list of home improvement projects. Before the quarantine is lifted it’s a great time to call on the experts and explore your options. There may be lots of people looking for side jobs.




  • Home Activity

    Hard to know what to say in a time like this. But one thing common to all of us is we are relegated to spend more time at home. Perhaps that is not a bad thing.

    Enjoy the blooms of spring in this down time with your family and your four-legged creatures.



  • Meeting Deadlines

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the world always went according to schedule? Then there would be no need for imposed deadlines on anything. One of the challenges of a builder is keeping on deadline. Unfortunately things do crop up – product delivery delays, non-cooperative weather and other unexpected hitches that throw off the game plan. Plain and simple, sometimes, deadlines set are not realistic, so discussing whether a construction project finish date is within reason can avoid anyone being disappointed. In other words, leave some lee-way for the unexpected.

    The only way you will find a construction project without any hitches is through this video. But as you and I know building a home in nine minutes isn’t realistic!

    Walt Disney had it right when he said, “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”


  • Digging in the Dirt

    Spring is around the corner! We know what that means. The scent of newly dug up dirt will be in the air as people begin excavation for new home projects.

    One of the top questions people are wondering when they consider new construction is whether it is better to build on a slab or build a home atop a full basement. Well, that depends! There are many factors which affect such a decision and your builder can address them with you. But if you want to do a little investigative research so you can ask the right questions, here are a few articles that will be helpful.

    As consumers, it’s always a good idea to get more than one opinion, so if in doubt, dig further! Raise a few more questions.

  • It’s All About “Add-Ons”

    Axel had gone around and around with his wife, Arielle, about stickin’ within the budget of their home renovation project. But he couldn’t seem to make his point with her. Finally out of desperation, Axel decided to get creative and try a new approach when for the 14th time Ariel wanted to completely change the design of the fireplace, again.

    “Why, Axel,” Ariel said after listening to his song, “Don’t you see? I am just trying to live up to my name.”

    Axel ran off in a huff, he couldn’t take any more confrontation. Later he looked inside a book called The Name Game wondering what’s in a name?   Arielle – “alter hearth.”

    A smile rose on Axel’s face. He hated to say no to his wife, so he called up the name of the company who had been

    building trust with it’s clients for generations. Batton Builders, Inc. 

    Now, there’s a good name! Axel thought.

  • Before and Afters

    It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become. ~ Dr. Seuss

    When you look an historic property do you automatically think of it as an eyesore? Or are you able to see it’s star-worthy potential?

    There are buyers who like newly built homes, others tolerate a partial fixer-upper where they can incorporate their design fingerprint on a room with small DIY changes such as repainting a wall or two, installing new kitchen cabinets or updating a bathroom. Some individuals are up for tackling big projects such as an historic preservation project or complete structural remakes. Your success will depend upon whether you are realistic with yourself as to how extensive a project you can live with.

    If you have trouble seeing the potential in older properties, before you walk away, it may pay to have a builder or architect with a wealth of knowledge and an experienced eye for design show you what they’d suggest doing with an older property. Computer aid design (CAD) software is very handy because you can quite clearly understand what the final renovation, rehab or reconstruction will look like.

    The photos below are properties are great examples of homes which have gone from ghastly to glam!

    Batton Builders, Inc. has resources and experience with historic properties to help you make wise decisions through our associations with people who have interests in saving old homes and buildings. It is wise to reach out to others about an older property you are considering because going into a project blind sighted is never a good idea.

  • Windows into History

    “If history repeats itself, I am so getting a dinosaur.” ~ Anonymous

    On many Sunday evenings if you had looked into the windows of the Batton house in Towson, Maryland in the 1960s, chances are you might have seen Helen and Fred and their four children sitting on Pier 1 cushions around a huge coffee table, in their sunken living room. You’d probably witness them dipping their forks into a cheese fondue pot having dinner! Helen loved the idea of being a bit bohemian but in reality, during that era, other families were having the same kind of dining experience.

    Homes in the 1960s had other trendy things you’d “dig,” including neon colors such as the gigantic flowered wall paper on one big wall in the Batton kitchen. It was “groovy!” Wood paneling similar to what you’d have seen in the family room or in Fred’s in-home office for F.C.Batton & Son, Inc. lined the walls of many residences. “Far out” were the bright prints and patterns and textured carpets used in interiors. Scandinavian furniture was the rage, and open shelving was used frequently for room dividers. Remember “conversation pits?”  The Batton home had some of all of that.

    At times, trends in home building and decorating repeats itself. What, if anything, would you like to see come back around from the 1960s? Scott Batton, the one at the head of Board of the Historical Society of Baltimore County might be all “bummed out” if you didn’t leave him a comment!

    If you tune into this site frequently, one day we will show you authentic pictures of the Batton’s late 1960’s contemporary home. We need to dig them out of the archives!


  • Tips about Warranties

    So, all indicators say “GO!!” and your home building project will begin in the spring. Yahoo! Good for you!

    Soon your good fortune of having a new home built will come with many advantages. If you are wise, a move gives you an opportunity to better organize. Most of your new home appliances and fixtures will be purchased around the same time and will come with warranties. The perfect opportunity to set up a system so when you need to know when an appliance was purchased or when it’s warranty expires, you’ll have the information right at hand. There will be no need for panic.

    Our house warming gift to you is to pass along a few tips about organizing your warranties. Check out this article.

    Your new home looks beautiful, smart, and trendy, just like you. Congrats.

  • 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 of 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


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