Reclaimed wood adds warmth and character to any environment, but unlike virgin wood, sourcing, installing, finishing, and caring for reclaimed wood comes with its own set of challenges. This five-part series discusses reclaimed wood benefits and current trends, as well as incorporates many of Viridian Reclaimed Wood’s past blog posts pertaining to sourcing and choosing a finish for reclaimed wood in residential construction and remodeling.
This is a gut kitchen renovation by owners/designers Matthew D. Emerson, LEED AP, and his wife, Courtney, in Philadelphia. The Emersons employed a team of local Northern Liberties construction professionals and a sustainable approach with reclaimed materials, energy-efficient technology, greater insulation, low-VOC paints, and a green roof visible from the upper level of the 1907-built brick rowhouse.
Viridian Reclaimed Wood, a company we first mentioned in relation to their shipping pallet flooring, recently introduced a new range of FSC-certified, reclaimed, old-growth Douglas Fir tabletops. Co-owner Joe Mitchoff said the tabletops come from an inventory of beams reclaimed from abandoned warehouses, decrepit docks, and old gymnasiums.
Imre Kovacs, a reader of Jetson Green and architect/builder of this weekend getaway cabin, shared his project with us recently, saying it cost $4,350 to build, including labor for one worker. Located in Pomaz, Hungary, the 107-square-foot cabin was built with mostly materials reclaimed from demolition sites (timber, bricks, roof tile, rocks, etc), as well as new roof insulation, two pieces of glass, and linseed oil to treat the wood. Kovacs owns the cabin with his wife, and they use the place to escape the city. There’s a composting toilet, but water is provided from a well downhill and lighting is from candles.
If you like the look of reclaimed wood — and you might, it’s really popular right now — then Pioneer Millworks should be on your radar. The company, located in Farmington, New York and McMinnville, Oregon, carries FSC certification for all of its reclaimed wood and has saved more than 21 million board feet of wood from barns, industrial buildings, and the like. Pioneer Millworks has flooring, siding, paneling, timbers, etc, and it’s all nice stuff. I could think about where to use these materials all day long.