New homes feature wood from decades-old barns

New homes feature wood from decades-old barns

Gary Norman founded Barnwood Inc. in 2007 after watching more than 5,000 people tour a home that was constructed exclusively from wood that was removed from four old barns in Montana. “Everybody was enamored by the quality and luster of the wood,” he says.

That was the start of the firm, which is now setting the standard for environmentally responsible building. The company carefully dismantles old barns – some dating back to the late 1800s – and uses the wood for custom framing materials, flooring, cabinetry, furniture, doors, interior/exterior trim and siding.

Most of the reclaimed barns are from the Northwest, including Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and northern California.

“This is a real feel-good business because all these barns were destroyed and burned down in the past, and it’s nice to be part of the reclamation movement,” says Norman.

Click here to view a full video of the reclamation process.

Topics: Building Green

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