Recycling with Reclaimed Wood
Turn any show on HGTV or the DIY network and you won’t have to stay tuned in too long before seeing the use of reclaimed wood. It’s use is almost limitless and is an easy way to add character and something timeless to your home. Some people might think reclaimed wood means old barns in the midwest – but the truth is reclaimed wood can come from a number of places. So where does it come from? And in what ways can it be used?
Post WWII saw the need for more housing as soldiers returned home looking to settle down and start a family. This prompted the design of the popular ranch home that popped up across America suburbs during the 1950s. To keep costs affordable, the design was a modest single story home with a sleeping wing and a living wing, built with conventional framing methods and a shallow pitched roof. This roof was commonly constructed with Cedar, a popular wood species used for a variety of applications during mid-century construction. Cedar wood is a fairly durable wood and overtime can develop a unique hue and enough splintering to be considered charming. Lately, these 1950s suburbs have become some of the hottest neighborhoods and seen dramatic revitalization. Some of these homes are time capsules in in their original condition, so It’s not uncommon to replace the weathered Cedar roof planks completely. These Cedar planks can then be reused in another part of the house as siding or a different home completely, showing off the natural characteristics of 60 year old weathered wood. If you see a ranch home under construction, you can ask the builder what they plan on doing with the leftover wood. They may be willing to sell it to you for a small price or even give it away if you haul it yourself. They might even be surprised by your interest in the “debris” all together. Check out this photo for an example of reclaimed Cedar applied as siding with a white-wash finish.
Article courtesy of Pankow Construction located in the heart of Phoenix, AZ.