Timber Home Living - - The Welcome Home Series -

WHILE YOU’RE THINK­ING ABOUT COM­BIN­ING build­ing meth­ods in a hy­brid timber home, you also may want to con­sider us­ing re­claimed ma­te­ri­als. By in­cor­po­rat­ing an­tique, sal­vaged build­ing ma­te­ri­als, you can give your brand-new house the feel­ing that it’s been around for gen­er­a­tions. Here are a few of our fa­vorite op­tions and how to use them.


Giv­ing a new home a time-hon­ored look and feel has emerged from the home­build­ing fringe to a main­stream must-have. Us­ing sal­vaged wood is a fast and easy way to ac­com­plish that goal. Wood rang­ing from mush­room board (wood beds used to grow mush­rooms) to dis­man­tled rail­road trel­lises or barns to poplar bark can be used along­side new tim­bers to give a timber home that cus­tom, an­tique touch.

Uses: Struc­tural tim­bers, wall ac­cents, porch/deck rail­ings, trim and mold­ings


Land­scap­ing can be a pricey venture, so if you’re look­ing for a way to save a lit­tle money, there could be free re­sources right be­neath your feet. Dur­ing ex­ca­va­tion for your foun­da­tion, set aside boul­ders, large rocks and at­trac­tive stones.

Uses: Re­tain­ing walls, land­scap­ing fo­cal points and chim­ney/fire­place case­ments


Rust is in! Re­claimed metal, whether it’s tin, cop­per or iron, is a de­tail that gives a home that ex­tra-some­thing spe­cial. If you do opt for a lit­tle rust, be sure to pro­tect the metal with an ap­pro­pri­ate clear coat. You don’t want it rust­ing through. Cop­per with an aged verdi­gris patina is a more el­e­gant choice for metal ac­cents.

Uses: Ex­te­rior cladding, porch awnings, ceil­ing cov­er­ings, is­land fac­ings (for in­door or out­door kitchens) and ac­cent walls


Al­ways a time­less choice, an­tique bricks are the epit­ome of his­tor­i­cal charm. Hand­made bricks will have slight vari­a­tions in size and shape, and you can paint them, white­wash them or use a “Ger­man schmear” tech­nique to make them look re­ally, re­ally old.

Uses: Ac­cent walls, foun­da­tion cov­er­ings, pavers for your porch and walk­way — or get real cre­ative and com­bine with re­cy­cled win­dow panes to cre­ate a raised mini-green­house


Dif­fuse light and add char­ac­ter with re­claimed stained glass. If you’re lucky enough to find en­tire win­dows of the stuff and want to use them on an ex­te­rior wall, keep this in mind — older panes can be drafty. But you can im­prove en­ergy ef­fi­ciency by adding clear in­su­lated glass to the out­side of the stained glass.

Uses: Front door in­serts, ac­cents above mod­ern clear-glass win­dows and room di­viders

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