You'll want to take a look around this amazing barn-style house that uses agricultural timbers for its unique look. Antique agricultural timbers are reclaimed from a variety of barns, granaries, storage buildings, and other rural structures. They can be as challenging as they are extraordinary. In addition to their hand-hewn or sawn surfaces, they often have original mortise pockets, tenons, peg holes, insect marks, checking, and knots. Typical species from Pioneer Millworks Reclaimed and Sustainable Wood Products include Ash, Elm, Maple, Beech, Hickory, Oak, White Pine, Hemlock, and Douglas fir.
You can also find resawn and planed industrial timbers that are sourced from the factories the country was built on. Resawn and planed industrial reclaimed timbers have a smoother and more consistent face than their as-found counterparts. Highlighting its past life as an industrious workhorse, signs of life can include original bolt holes, nail holes, fastener marks, ferrous staining, checking, occasional knots, and others. Typical species include Heart Pine, Douglas fir, Yellow Pine, Hemlock, Eastern White Pine, Red Pine, and Oak (less frequently).
Based on a simple belief that people, the planet, and profit work to ensure a better future, Pioneer Millworks operates on the triple bottom line. They strive to keep their carbon footprint small with their roofs housing 100kW solar arrays and using wood scraps to keep them warm. One percent of their reclaimed teak sales are donated to conservation causes on the island of Borneo. Their American Prairie sales support domestic barns and historic preservation.
The use of reclaimed wood isn’t a new concept, but it’s seen a rise in popularity, especially with the green building and renovating boom. Reclaimed timber is simply wood with a past life used for a new purpose. Maybe the wood was used as a storage crate or an old barn that has been milled into reclaimed hardwood flooring. When you use reclaimed timber, you decrease the demand for newly sourced lumber, which helps curb deforestation. If harvested responsibly, reclaimed wood is a renewable resource that reduces landfill waste as well as the use of environmental hazards to manufacture new products.
You might choose to use a reclaimed barn wood accent wall in a room in your barn-style home or use reclaimed for the beams. Reclaimed wood comes in a range of shapes, color tones, and sizes. There is nothing that can compare to an authentic piece of reclaimed wood, it has a unique story to tell and a look all its own. You can choose to get your reclaimed wood from a place that sources and finishes it for you, or you can go about getting the reclaimed wood from local sources and finishing it yourself. Regardless of the source of your reclaimed wood, there are a few tips for using this type of wood. If you use reclaimed barn wood, it may have been in the elements for 100 years or more. The reclaimed wood may be covered in dirt, and dead bugs, amongst other things. Because of this, you will need to clean it. Start by using a stiff nylon bristle brush and give the wood a brisk rub down.