Using Salvaged Wood in Architectural Details
2011 Idea House Preview: Construction on the latest Idea House has begun in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Go behind the scenes as we transform ideas into reality.
One of the most eye-catching features of the Idea House is the use of century-old barn wood in architectural details throughout the house.
Each plank is planed and grooved, then carefully installed by hand throughout the main living areas.
Rescued from nineteenth century barns in Wisconsin, the texture and color of the wood is ranges from thundercloud gray to warm butterscotch. “The consistency is in the inconsistency,” explains Dean Sobolik of Barnwood, etc. These various tones can be seen in the high ceiling of the living room.
Each timber is a bit different, depending on the natural character of the wood and its former location on the barn. A piece from the side of the building exposed to sun, wind, and rain appears faded and gray; a piece not exposed to the elements is more likely to have retained its natural golden color. Here, Dean Sobolik of Barnwood, etc. discusses color variations in the entryway ceiling with Erin Schneider and Brandan Moss of Michael G. Imber Architects.
The ceiling of the dining room is complete with both planks and cross beams. Most of the downstairs ceilings will be covered with the same material.
Antique barn wood is also being re-imagined as door and window frames. Here, a door framed in hundred-year-old wood and sandstone makes a dramatic entry into the master bathroom.
Reclaimed barn wood can also be found around many of the exterior doors and windows adding texture and variety to the façade.