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“The Narrows has undergone a stunning renovation” – Capital Gazette

 

By Joshua McKerrow,
By Joshua McKerrow,

Timberlake Design/Build is pleased to have been selected to remodel an Annapolis-area dining institution – The Narrows in Grasonville, MD.  It’s turned out beautifully – and, of course, two things haven’t changed…the food is still delicious and the setting, spectacular!  Stop by and visit.  Read more here http://touch.capitalgazette.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-83313629/

By Joshua McKerrow,
By Joshua McKerrow,

Avoid Costly Mistakes

Most homeowners judge a home by the obvious: a floor plan that’s a joy to live in, a streetscape that wows passers-by, great natural lighting, and lots of storage. The list goes on. But some less obvious details have as great an impact on the homeowners’ satisfaction over time. While homeowners have little control over these details, a professional builder with a sustainable business will make sure they get done right. Some areas that require special care and the services of a seasoned professional include…

Timberlake Design/Build
Timberlake Design/Build

Steve Easley, a California-based building consultant who investigates moisture problems, sees the same errors again and again. Three common ones:

Horizontal Valleys

Such valleys include where a roof slopes into a chimney or wall. The detailing here needs to be close to perfect to keep water out. Lack of overhangs. In a Canadian study, 80 percent of examined homes with moisture in the walls had no roof overhang, making it easy for water to flow down the siding and into the wall. Improper housewrap. When water gets behind the siding, flashing and housewrap should direct it back out before it can get into the structure. Mistakes here are rampant. Take the example of a piece of flashing that laps over the one above it. Anyone with a basic grasp of gravity will understand that if water dripping down the wall hits this intersection, it will flow into the structure rather than out. Shockingly, building science experts say that it’s one of the most common errors they see in the field.

Mechanicals That Work

Modern heating and cooling equipment is very efficient, but efficiency doesn’t guarantee comfort. Equipment must be well sized and ducts properly sealed. Sadly, these aren’t always properly done. Some HVAC contractors still use rule-of-thumb calculations to size furnaces and air conditioners. That may have worked for old, drafty structures but with today’s tighter homes the result is often oversized equipment that costs more to buy and operate, and leaves the home less comfortable than it could be. Smart builders hire an HVAC company that carefully calculates the home’s heating load and precisely matches the system to that load. Another potential problem is leaky ductwork. If the leak is outside the main living area, such as in a basement, living and sleeping spaces won’t get the air they need. There will be resulting comfort issues, and the equipment will have to run longer to satisfy the thermostat. If ducts run through a totally unconditioned space—for example, a hot attic in summer—leaks will create a slight vacuum that pulls unwanted outside air into the house through leaks in the floors, walls, and ceilings.

Proper Insulation

When insulation is installed without enough attention to detail, the home can end up with hot and cold spots and uncomfortable drafts. John Tooley, a nationally known building science consultant and energy expert, says that the most common problem areas he sees are attic knee walls (A knee wall is a short wall, typically under three feet in height, used to support the rafters) and vaulted ceilings. In the former the insulation usually gets installed without backing and so falls away from the wall; in the latter it’s stuffed into the ceiling cavity, leaving heat-sucking voids. “Insulation has to touch the surface of the drywall to do its job,” he points out. “That’s obviously not happening in a lot of cases.”

The thread running through the situations above is that the builder lacked quality systems and processes to make sure insulation was installed right, mechanicals properly sized, ducts sealed, and the home protected against moisture. And if those tasks escaped scrutiny, chances are others did as well.

Reclaimed Building Materials Create Vintage Character

From the classic claw foot tub to distressed wood and everything in between, reclaimed building products continue to gain popularity.  TDB is experienced at incorporating reclaimed materials into our renovation projects and we’ve even donated materials from jobs to area facilities so that the unwanted materials can be put to good use in our local community.  To find products check out Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore

http://www.habitat.org/restores

or Planet Reuse

http://planetreuse.com/

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Best of Houzz 2015!

TIMBERLAKE DESIGN/BUILD of Annapolis, MD Receives Best
Of Houzz 2015 Award
Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World.

Annapolis, MD, February 17, 2015 – Timberlake Design/Build of Annapolis, MD has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The award-winning design/build firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Timberlake Design/Build among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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