I’m a sucker for old timbers (check out some of Black Canyon Builders’ applications here), so I had to share this article on reclaimed wood. While I’m a proponent of most of the easily-made arguments for re-using and repurposing wood from old structures, I must admit that I could argue for reclamation based purely on aesthetics.
Reclaimed wood has a depth and a patina that new lumber simply doesn’t have – though it will someday. There is a certain beauty to the surprise that awaits after layers of sanding. At the risk of over-romanticizing the process, reclaimed wood has a story – and, to me, that makes it eminently more interesting.
Though I’m not convinced reclaimed wood is up to 50% less expensive as the article claims, I do love the variety of applications in which it is showcased. Note the mix of contemporary design and classic aesthetics, with some rustic and country thrown in for good measure. Wood, of course, is one of the most versatile building materials, and it’s interesting to see how reclaimed wood amplifies the character of even the most simple designs. Above all, the article shows some nice examples of how wood warms an otherwise staid design – without making it feel…well…”woodsy.”