Today was the day for the old barn next to the Day House in Durango, Co. to be torn down. Owner Mark Williamson, had offered to give the building to anyone who wanted to claim it, however with no interested parties it was brought down without a hitch in about an hour. “We were able to salvage a lot of the old floor joists and timbers that were from the original construction back in the early 1900’s.” Williamson said today. “It was important to me to reclaim as much of the materials as possible. We’ve been milling it into trim for the interior of the Day House and its rich character is unlike anything you can get today.”
The barn had been used for many different things over the years but had fallen into neglect. The roof was rotten and leaked into the upper level causing further damage. The building was built with the floor joists resting directly on the ground and was showing severe rot. It had become a hazard, but the reclaimed lumber will live on inside the Day House.
“We’re going to build a Woodhouse Timber Frame (www.timberframe1.com) home near the old barn site that will resemble the character of the older building.” Williamson said. “A lot of the barnwood siding will be incorporated into the new home in addition to using some of the old beams as accent pieces or for trimwork.” We’ll be posting more images of the reclaimed materials and trimwork soon!
The Woodhouse Timber Frame will be raised from June 8th-20th at 1503 E. 3rd Ave, in Durango Colorado. If you’re interested in seeing a traditional Woodhouse Timber Frame raising be sure to stop by and see how the rich heritage of Timber-framing lives on in today’s building environment. For more information about Woodhouse Timber Frames or about this upcoming raising, please contact us, we’d love to share the excitement with you!