|Updated: 11/01/2011 12:05 pm
||Published: 10/31/2011 1:04 pm
Using antique barn wood in homes and businesses
1) What all can you do with this wood? Answer: We’ve built everything from furniture, outdoor pergolas and arbors to ceiling and wall treatments, timber beams and trusses.
2) What are some of the reasons people use reclaimed wood? Answer: It’s a green building product. The patina and defects, which I call “beauty marks”, are unmatched by new material, making everything “one of a kind”. Some people want it so as to have a piece of history in their project.
3) So it is green?! Answer: Yes, very green. It is just as beneficial to the environment as recycling aluminum or other products. We use everything from the tin roof down to the old doors with hinges and tracks.
4) Have you encountered any unique situations? Answer: I had a client adding beams to a room in her home and she asked where the wood had come from. When I mentioned a small town in Wisconsin she became very emotional explaining that was the town she was born and raised in! We went from dressing up one room to dressing up several rooms of their house. I actually had an old hay trolley that had the town’s name and a date of 1880 stamped in the steel on it that came out of the barn. We ended up giving it to her after the job.
5) Where DO you get it? Answer: All over the country. We have even taken special requests for certain types of barns. We had someone ask for a tobacco barn which required us to go to the Carolina’s to get. Most of our barns were built by hand in the mid 1800’s, when you made the beams out of logs using hand tools instead of saw mills and were put together using handmade wooden pegs because they didn’t have modern hardware.
6) What style of homes is reclaimed timber ideal for? Answer: We have installed this material in all types of designs; from lodge style to contemporary and everything in between. We haven’t found a style it wouldn’t work with.
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Timber and Beam Solutions or Dean West Construction, Inc.
1515 W. Archer St., Tulsa, Okla.