This creamery, built in the 1880s sits on the golden plains of central Montana, was left to languish, roofless and abandoned. The lonely ruin now reborn is an ethereal emblem of timeless architectural design. The anonymous Scottish stonemasons who originally laid the two-foot-thick walls would be proud of its renovations into a custom residence rich with soul. Architectural design firm JLF Architects breathed new life into this dilapidated 1800s creamery by transforming it into a stunning new barn style house. The Creamery was built using building materials that were salvaged from an abandoned dairy farm in Montana and then reconstructed just outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. According to the architectural design team, the ambitious building project focused on retaining the same authentic craftsmanship and rugged austerity of the original stone building, while converting the architectural design into a contemporary living space.
According to the creamery’s history, the original stone architectural design was built by anonymous Scottish stonemasons who laid two-foot-thick walls that lasted centuries. However, the stone building was left empty and unprotected for decades; the structure fell into severe disrepair. After convincing their antique-loving clients to acquire the original barn as “the ultimate antique”, the team used painstaking care to gather and transport as much of the old building’s materials as possible to Wyoming where they rebuilt a stunning new home in an idyllic setting. The home’s stone structure pays a beautiful homage to its original design, both on the outside as well as the inside. The interior decoration is pure rustic sophistication, with beautiful stone walls, exposed wooden trusses on the ceiling and large reclaimed wood planks as flooring.
These days you will find several sources of reclaimed wood. To start the antique wood is salvaged and applied to new use, the wood is then referred to as reclaimed. The approximate age at which old-growth features begin to appear is about half the maximum age of the predominant tree species, this is because most of the structures that are deconstructed today are more than 100 years old. So it's fair to say that in most cases reclaimed wood originates from timber that is old-growth timber. There are an estimated 8 to 9 million acres of old-growth forests remain today and are primarily on protected federal land with nearly 90 percent of the old-growth forests having already been logged.
Some of the wood that is reclaimed include heart pine, oak and chestnut, which seem to be the most readily available. Other species of wood include pine, cypress, elm, and ash. Some companies derive their antique product from reclaimed exotic hardwoods that are found overseas, but most of the primary sources are recovered in the United States and Canada. Wood types can vary depending on where you are in the country. Most antique wood is taken from a building that is old and dilapidated to include barns, warehouses and army barracks. Other sources of wood are river floors, where the wood has been underwater for hundreds of years. Nature has another way of helping to speed up the deconstruction process of antique wood with storms and hurricanes leaving a trail of debris from old structures.
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