Reclaimed Wood Is Beautiful and Green
Some of the most-valuable wood available for builders was already part of a building.
Synopsis: Whether it comes from a demolished factory, an old water tower, or a riverbed, salvaged wood is a great choice for flooring, cabinetry, millwork, and timber-frame construction. Former Fine Homebuilding editor Sean Groom takes a look at the burgeoning interest in reclaimed wood. Whatever its source, this wood comes with history, strength, and character. Even better, because it has already been harvested, it has a green quality as it is reused rather than discarded. Reclaimed wood can be expensive, but it also can add a great deal of quality to a floor or timber-frame structure. This article includes sidebars on buying reclaimed wood and the ingenious technique developed to harvest sinker logs from riverbeds and lake bottoms.
They don’t make wood like they used to. Don’t take my word for it, though. Just compare a recently milled Douglas-fir 2×4 with a piece of the same species from a century-old…