- 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.
- 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.”