Growing lifestyle and architectural design trends involve activities, materials, and visual effects that evoke simpler times in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The stress and anxiety many are feeling today as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty make people yearn for looks and things that feel authentic and lasting.
In the architectural design and construction industries this is resulting in a renewed appreciation of reclaimed lumber and recycled building materials from barns, homes, and even industrial buildings that can be a century or more old. Reclaimed barn siding, posts and beams, wide plank flooring, used brick and other materials are being sought for both new construction and renovation projects.
In some cases, people are recreating the old-time design and feel with new construction instead of opting for trying to renovate an old structure that may be past its useful life. For example, a Mississippi couple looking to create a country retreat bought old farm land and built a beautiful gambrel-style, barn-inspired home with an open space floor plan that reflected the spacious look of an old barn but with the modern conveniences and comfort that would enable them to entertain guests and host large gatherings.
Their strategy was to embrace an all-natural approach and use reclaimed and locally-sourced materials such as Arkansas fieldstone in the fireplace and reclaimed wood for the interior walls. It was important to them that the home fit right in with the surroundings, which prompted them to even repurpose an old, weathered sign post they found on the property as a mantel for their fieldstone fireplace.
Here in New England there are countless old wooden buildings such as old homesteads, barns, and other out-buildings that are the source for much of the beautiful reclaimed wood we offer here at Bingham Lumber. Reclaimed wood offers many features and benefits that make it an attractive and unique building material. Much reclaimed wood such as old barn siding has been gently weathered and features unique coloring, fascinating knotholes and wear patterns, insect markings, and old nail holes that add character and charm to the wood. In fact, the wood used in old lumber is often far superior to the weaker, faster-growing timber harvested today. Properly recycled and processed for modern use, the beauty and functionality of reclaimed wood is unmatched.
If creating your own timeless retreat using recycled building materials sounds enticing, contact the reclaimed wood experts here at Bingham Lumber and learn more about the beauty, durability, and effectiveness of reclaimed wood for your next job.