Structural Collar Ties

Structural Collar Ties

We use reclaimed wood beams on many of our projects.  They add color, texture and a sense of history to every home.  Some are used as structural elements, some as decorative elements, and other times they are milled into flooring, cabinets, trim, or furniture.  200-year-old beams have a color and texture which  are very hard to reproduce.  Old-growth trees, from which they were made, also have a grain structure which is very different than wood which is generally available today.

Most of these beams are sourced from farms and other structures which are in disrepair and are about to be destroyed.    While we do not choose these materials primarily for their  ecological building properties,  they certainly are one of the most eco-friendly building materials on the market, since no trees are cut to obtain these materials.

Sometimes we get lucky, and uncover 200-year-old beams in the ceiling of a home we are renovating.  That is very rare, so we make the most of what we find and fill in the rest with reclaimed beams.

Living Room With Ceiling Divided by Beams

Living Room With Ceiling Divided by Beams

Structural Roof Supports

Structural Roof Supports and Floors From Beams

Stair Treads

Stair Treads

Game Room with Barn Frame

Game Room with Barn Frame

Reclaimed Beams, Flooring, and Bookcases From Resawn Beams

Reclaimed Beams, Flooring, and Bookcases From Resawn Beams

Family Room with Decorative Ceiling Beams and Mantelpiece

Family Room with Decorative Ceiling Beams and Mantelpiece

Photography by Rob Karosis

 

 

By Published On: May 15th, 2017Categories: Miscellaneous2 Comments

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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  1. Linda Chiarella May 18, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Love the pictures of what you and your company can create to make a home more than just a home but more of a statement that will never go out of style… I look forward to seeing you at Orvis Game Faire in Millbrook, NY IN September.
    MRS. Linda Chiarella
    Jackson, NJ

  2. James Crisp May 18, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you. See you there!

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