Friday, June 26, 2015

5 Ways To Survive Summer In Style

Blogger's Note:  The first time you or hear the cicadas droning at dusk on a summer night, or when you catch your first firefly in a mason jar and watch its light blinking off and on.  Muggy summers spent living in or visiting the Gulf Coast can make you really appreciate why air conditioning was invented.  Humidity is a bid deal this close to the equator, here are a few tips on how to thrive in these summer months with style. 

5. Drink Iced Tea The beverage of choice for most summer months.  Fresh-squeezed lemonade runs a close second.  Anything to lower your body temperature - it doesn't hurt that it's delicious!  Perfect on a summer day, this is what iced tea was made for!

4. Enjoy the Outdoors Why stay all cooped up in the home when it is much more interesting, and cooler, outdoors.  At least when you are outside and you start sweating, there is a reason for it!   Take the family and friends to fly a kite down by the levee or to an outdoor festival, you may even find a breeze to cool you off.  Now that is what we call "natural air conditioning!"   

3. Go swimming This could be part of tip #4 but swimming during the summer to cool off deserves its own category.  Have a pool?  Great.  When was the last time you took the whole family down to your favorite beach or swimming hole?  Sharing a splash or reviewing the finer points of the perfect cannonball with your family and friends is a great way to beat the heat and make new memories.   

2. Dress Accordingly  When it comes to summer apparel, less is definitely more.  Both men and women are recommended to have at least one trusty pair of sturdy flip-flops, shorts, and a loose fitting light-weight tank-top or shirt.  Wear this outfit, wash, rinse, repeat until the temperature starts cooling down sometime in late October.

1. Take On A Project Summer is a great time to make a fresh start for your home or workspace.  Trends are hot for reclaimed wood flooring paired with a white tone or bright pop of color for walls and accent pieces.  Getting a start on your project now ensures that by the time the winter months roll around you will be snug and warm in a newly remodeled space!

We hope you liked our list of 5 Ways To Survive Summer With Style, if you enjoyed reading it feel free to share! 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Beautiful, Green and Historic: Reclaimed Antique Lumber

Blogger's Note: One of the great things about purchasing reclaimed antique lumber from Albany Woodworks is that it is sustainable.  Nothing holds its value better and with a rising among of home building materials being sourced out of the country, finding a long-lasting, non-toxic product is rare.  Not so for Albany Woodworks who is staying true to its American-made roots by providing the best quality reclaimed lumber in the industry.  There is a real sense of history you get from our antique lumber, a piece of history you can bring home.  

(Above): Reclaimed antique lumber from Albany Woodworks adds a lifetime of enjoyment to your home.

From the article Reclaimed Antique Lumber: Beautiful, Green, and a Story to Tell:

Reclaimed Wood Comes With Its Own History
Reclaimed wood can come from many different places. Some comes from old barns that are starting to collapse; other types come from old industrial building that were constructed many years ago in our cities. When the buildings have sat empty for years and someone decides to build a new structure on the site, the old building is slated to be torn down. If the building has material in it worth saving, a de-construction crew usually takes it down. A de-construction crew takes the building down piece by piece, and they salvage the lumber. These buildings might be old tractor factories or breweries; they are can be in our country or Europe, but they are usually large and often full of antique lumber. The salvage crew or the lumber company involved often takes pictures of the building before it comes down. It’s possible in many cases to go back through history books and public records to learn the entire history of the building.

Reclaimed Wood Has a Chance to Shine Once Again
The reclaimed wood is taken back to the mills of the companies that specialize in antique reclaimed lumber, and a team removes all of the nails and anything else that might damage saw blades. Some of this reclaimed wood is in the form of huge beams; some other might be two-by-six flooring boards or posts. Depending on the size and how it can be cut, the mill is able cut several grades of most of the lumber.

The list of available species seems almost endless: maple, oak, heart pine, hickory, elm, cherry–just about anything you can think of. Some reclaimed wood companies even specialize in retrieving the timbers which fell off of the river barges while being moved many years ago.

Reclaimed Wood Can Help An Old House Look Old
Reclaimed wood is often used for flooring, but it can also be used for beams, paneling, cabinet stock, doors and trim, or any other wood decor for your old house restoration. There are reclaimed lumber companies all over the country. They often provide reclaimed wood products for historic restorations of famous buildings, and they can provide reclaimed wood for your old house restoration, too. But don’t just look at the pictures on websites – to really appreciate the beauty of this wood, you have to see it in front of you. Then you can sense its history.