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.
Photography by Rob Karosis