Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Year In Review: Our Most Popular Facebook Posts Revisited

2016 is quickly coming to a close. It's been an eventful year and it is time to reflect on the things that have transpired these past twelve months. What better way than to take a look at the most popular posts of the year! Our customers and readers are the back bone of our business and we definitely could not do it without everyone! Happy Holidays!

January- Readers were excited and inspired by our featured project blog on an industrial chic Mountain Home in Tennessee. To read the full blog, click here.

February- Our most popular post for the month of a review of this $5.6 million dollar Bahama mansion that featured our cypress. This mansion is definitely fit for royalty! For the full article, click here.

March- Our video lived up to its goal and truly inspired our customers! To give our customers some great ideas for their home remodels or new builds, we put together a collage of past projects. Looking for ideas of your own? To view the video, click here!

April- Green and sustainable were the popular concepts of the month. Our most popular post highlighted a home in Atlanta, created from an old mill. Re-purposed homes are still a hot trend! Click here for the full article.

May- A feature article on our forty years of business was the hot ticket item of the month! Albany Woodworks and its CEO's brainchild, green energy startup Waste to Energy Systems, were the focus of this article. To read the full article, click here.

June-  All reclaimed wood has a wonderful history filled with mystery and awe.  Readers had the chance to discover the back story and amazing historical facts about one particular load of our raw materials in the blog "Reclaimed Lumber with Big Kentucky Roots." Full story here.

July- Historic renovations are what make our job fun! Readers loved the delving into one of this year's historic renovations in the blog "La Pointe Krebs House" a very important restoration taking place in Mississippi. Want to read the full story? Click here.

August- The historic flooding occurred in Louisiana, leaving tens of thousands of people in a terrible situation. Our owners and the shop received damage but we were some of the lucky ones. We received tons of support through viewership of our video we were lucky enough to capture mere weeks before the storm.

September- Home Remodeling was the buzz word of the month! Readers were interested in learning more about what products give the best value for their money! Our blog entitled "Add Resale Value with this Home Remodel Product" was our most popular post of the month! For the full story, click here.

October- New Orleans and its unique residents are always a popular topic among readers. Our blog  highlighting the Brevard House, a Garden District Mansion, and its eccentric owner, Anne Rice, was a highly sought after topic during the Halloween month! For the full story, click here.

November- An earthy and rustic month calls for an equally rustic topic! Our blog featuring dirty top pine and its many gorgeous applications was a definite crowd pleaser! Dirty top pine is definitely a product with history and intrigue! For more information, click here.

December- Excited to be back in our offices and running at full capacity again! The owner's house is just weeks away from being completed! Readers were just as excited as we are for this wonderful news. A wonderful way to end the year and start anew! 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

California Home Ranks Among Best Architecture in the US

The Gamble House has been claimed by many to be one of the best crafted pieces of architecture in the US and we can see why! This unique creation was built in 1908 by Greene & Greene for David Gamble, second generation of Proctor & Gamble. The Gambles resided in the home until the 1960's when it was then gifted to the city of Pasadena and added to the National Registry of Historic Landmarks.

The home was designed as a winter home for David and his wife, Mary. The Gamble's worked closely with the architects to incorporate personal touches into the motif like the family crest.
Beautiful touches and designs were placed throughout the home like this one (pictured above). A stained glass window was placed in the front door picturing the tree of life. The motif was chosen to pay homage to the principal material used throughout the home, natural wood. 

The architects felt it was important to let the wood speak in its own way and the result has often been called a "symphony of wood". The variety of materials used included Teak, Pine, Maple, Mahogany and Douglas Fir. An example is the entryway from the front door. As soon as a visitor walks in they are surrounded by the warmth and character of a multitude of woods from beams to wall paneling to flooring. 

The architects wanted the use of the natural wood to almost seem intuitive as they displayed through this unique handrail. The handrail goes up with each stair, creating a beautiful and functional focal point. 

Many believe a home like this can not be replicated due to the lack of fine woods like these. However, some businesses like Albany Woodworks specialize in providing these type of quality products, recycled from hundred year old buildings and given new life as flooring and building materials. Appreciation of craftsmanship like the Gamble House is what inspired and started companies like Albany Woodworks.

Monday, November 14, 2016

North Carolina Mountain Oasis including Original 1840's Log Cabin

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina lies a retreat from the wear and tear of daily life. The trip down the long and winding mountain road transports you back to a simpler time and for a day or a weekend, you are reminded of life before cell phones. Just when you think the road can't go any further, you see it, a welcoming plot of land filled with vegetable gardens, chickens, a mountain spring and an 1840's cabin to call home for your stay.

The home belongs to Rod and Cindy, entrepreneurs that wanted to get away from it all. As a result, they found a place to call home outside Mars Hill, NC where they could have a pottery studio and grow organic vegetables to earn a living. A hidden opportunity lay on their property for several years. Recently, they decided they could create a mountain oasis for those seeking knowledge and a rustic escape from it all. They converted the old cabin on their property to a guestroom and began offering classes from homesteading to organic gardening.

The cabin itself is full of history. It is known as the Metcalf Cabin was originally built from timber taken from the site around 1827. It is built in typical cabin style of the time with single pen split logs and half dovetail knotched corners. It was once one and a half stories tall to accommodate an entire family, with children sleeping in the loft area inside. The cabin was last residence to a North Carolina family in the 1930's when a main home was built on the property.

The cabin has actually been in three different counties of North Carolina without moving! As county lines have changed and new counties have developed, it has stood in Buncombe County, Yancey County and Madison County (the current county of its residence). (Picture Above) The inside of the cabin still holds the rustic charm of days past with eclectic furnishings and natural wood surfaces all around. 

(Pictured Above) Although it has been modernized with electricity, the cabin retains its historic nature with logs from its original construction and stonework.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Achieve Ideal Style Using Reclaimed Beams

Reclaimed beams are here to stay as an interior decorating must! They are an eco-friendly option that add character and intrigue to any space. Not just for the rustic style, reclaimed beams can be stained, painted, or fresh sawn to meet any style or application. Where you are building a new home or remodeling an existing one, here are a few must have concepts to add an element of reclaimed wood to your home.

1) Create a feeling of Old New Orleans luxury: Draw the eye up by adding fresh sawn support beams paired with a wood paneled ceiling with wood beam trusses and wrought iron railing.

2) Create a custom mantle: These home owners kept the original patina of the beam and designed their own custom piece to add a rustic yet modern feel to their living room space. 

3) Step back in time with European grandeur: Whitewashed beams paired with custom corbels and an oak floor give this home the antique, majestic feel of a French Provencial chateau. 

4) Summer evenings in an outdoor oasis: Reclaimed beams are a gorgeous addition to any outdoor living space, adding charm and luxury while blending with the natural surroundings.

5) Create a farmhouse style kitchen: Kitchens and exposed, reclaimed beams are a match made in heaven. These home owners opted for a rustic, farm house style kitchen which paired perfectly with original surface beams.

6) Retreat to traditional mountain living: Rounded beams in the log cabin style create a cozy, traditional style commonly found in mountain homes. Reclaimed beams are a key element in creating this look. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Many Faces of Dirty Top Pine

Dirty Top Pine is a hugely popular choice when it comes to home remodeling or building new, and we know why! The rich color of this reclaimed wood flooring comes from two hundred years of original patina. It's rustic beauty fits in a multitude of room styles and applications.

(Pictured Above) Albany Woodworks' Orleans Collection aka Dirty Top Pine flooring was placed through the entire first floor of this residence. Pairing it with exposed brick gave this home a Tuscan feel. 

(Pictured Above) Dirty top pine flooring that has been lightly sanded or screened and finished to maintain its natural richness, creates the optimal rustic background for design and decor. The homeowner added this flooring and old pine beams as part of a remodel to her older home. When her project was complete, her friends repeatedly remarked that the added accents looked original to the home.

Want an application with a twist? Try using dirty top pine for an island counter top in a special area or for a spectacular butlers' pantry!

(Pictured Below) Looking for a more contemporary, finished feel? Dirty top flooring paired with modern furniture and neutral colors to create a perfect balance of old and new.

(Pictured Below) One of the best alternative applications for this type of reclaimed wood is as an accent wall. It adds intrigue and warmth to any space. The homeowner below used dirty top pine for this niche wall to recreate a challenging space into a delightful reading nook. 

Photo from studiograyhouse.com

The original "Dirty Top" pine that Albany Woodworks helped pioneer all those years ago is now the hottest look in the industry. Continuing to grow in popularity with customers due to the natural distressed look that only time and slow-aging can create. Similar in look to our Orleans Collection, the old pine boards Albany Woodworks provides show the original surface of the beam it was cut from. Great for a natural look where sawmarks and the authentic character of the wood are everything.  Reclaimed, antique heart pine preserved with this unique and original surface is a versatile look that is sure to provide any home or business owner a lifetime of quality and beauty.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Revisited: Reclaimed Beauty in a Tennessee Mountain Home

A few weeks ago, we took a look at a cabin in Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountains and the DIY transformation the owner completed a few years back. This blogger recently had the opportunity to visit the cabin and see how the heart pine flooring, from Albany Woodworks, was holding up to wear and tear of mountain living. We also explore the unique wood accents the homeowners created using some of the spare wood flooring. The result is an utterly charming mountain retreat.

(Pictured above) The living room space, complete with a fireplace, is cozy and warm with the reclaimed heart pine flooring installed several years back. It is still in beautiful condition even through years of the owners residing here and rentals to mountain seekers. The flooring ties in beautifully with the natural wood trim, beam encasing and fire place mantle.

(Pictured above) The owners opted for eclectic furnishings including this natural edge table. It complements the color of the pine flooring nicely, giving plenty of rustic ambiance to this room.

(Pictured above) The log bed frame, custom closet door and natural edge bedside tables in the master bedroom really embrace the feeling of mountain living, imitating the wooded surroundings of the cabin.

There were plenty of hidden gems of reclaimed wood accent walls from the kitchen (pictured above), where the salvaged lumber became a creative back splash for the sink area, to the bathroom, creating an airy atmosphere full of character (pictured below).

The huge walk in shower included a beautifully painted octagonal window with the perfect hint of reclaimed wood as a frame around the top (pictured below). 

Of course, no vacation home is complete without tokens from your home state. The owners tied in the Deep South with folk art from Louisiana. The rustic wood back splash provides the perfect backdrop, giving it a homespun feel. 

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Monday, October 24, 2016

A Unique Home Remodel for A Life at Sea!

Choosing quality materials for your home remodel is always an important decision! But what if your home was a boat?! Frank and Doreen Schooley, longtime friends and owners of Florida-based business Tropical Kitchens, accepted that challenge when they took a chance on a dream. They bought a Chinese Junk sailing ship in New Orleans in 1980. The term "junk" means ship in the Chinese culture. However, it is commonly associated with a sailing ship of a particular design. "The boat had been wrecked, sunk and abandoned and needed to be totally rebuilt when I found her," said Schooley. "It was love at first sight. When I first saw the boat, I knew she was in trouble but I knew I had the skills, the tools and the desire to fix her." The Schooley's set off on one of the most unique home remodels of them all, turning a wrecked, oriental sailing ship from the 1960's into a home!

After 3 1/2 years of restoration, the ship named the Concubine was ready to set sail (pictured above). Owner Frank Schooley had completed most of the rebuild with his own two hands. The final result was a masterpiece of solid wood inside and out. The exterior of the ship was built out of teak with bronze fastenings. Interior was a collection of fine woods, including heart pine, walnut, cherry, redwood , juniper etc. all bronze fastened and  lovingly built by the Schooleys. Reclaimed flooring business, Albany Woodworks, was lucky enough to play a role in this amazing rebuild by supplying cherry and heart pine.

(Pictured above) Cherry cabinets with heart pine flooring. (Pictured below) Black walnut cabinetry was placed in the galley along with matching stairs. 

The Schooley's sailed on the Concubine for thirteen years, traveling from the Caribbean to the Virgin Islands and everywhere in between. A life at the sea does not come without its trials and tribulations. "We were glad we used solid timber throughout, no plywood. It held together perfectly through years of abuse, including a couple of partial sinkings and hurricanes." The adventurous couple enjoyed their life at sea, but eventually gave it up to settle in Fort Myers, Florida to re-invent themselves as land-loving entrepreneurs. However, there will always be the memories for all involved, including this blogger who was lucky enough to spend time on this beautiful vessel as a child (pictured below). 

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Look at the Amazing Woodwork in the Brevard House in New Orleans

Many may know this home as the Anne Rice mansion. Located on First St in the Garden District of New Orleans, the Brevard House is a historic landmark among the grand homes of this area. Completed in 1850 by Albert Brevard, the home is built as a mix of the Greek Revival and Italianate styles. It wows all with its columns, intriguing  windows with wooden, louvered shutters and sprawling porches.

However, the extravagant custom mill work inside is where the home really shows off its luxurious origins.

The home is full of floor to ceiling, custom wood encased windows giving the owners plenty of natural light and beautiful views of the gardens. The giant custom, solid wood pocket doors create an elegant transition between rooms.

The original wood flooring throughout the home highlights the popularity and abundance of huge, ancient trees that built cities like New Orleans. The custom mill-work continues to shine through this sitting room with the custom wide width baseboards, lavish wooden mantle and custom windows.

Although the kitchen has clearly received some updating, it would seem as if the original uniform width antique flooring was kept along with the stained glass windows and solid wood doors.

 With all its old world beauty, we can see why Anne Rice was enchanted by this property, even going as far as making it the setting of her book "The Witching Hour". Finding quality custom mill work in new homes is hard, which is why it is so important to preserve and appreciate these grand examples of Southern History.

photos from www.curbed.com

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tennessee Cabin DIY Flooring Transformation

A customer shared step by step photos of turning their Tennessee cabin's flooring from drab to fab!

When the owner purchased the cabin, it had a dated green carpet in the living room. Inspired by the surrounding woods, the owner decided a hardwood flooring update was much needed! They began tearing up the carpet and padding to get to the sub floor. Baseboards were also removed. 

Once the carpet was removed, it revealed a plywood sub floor. It is important to check the subfloor for any damage and make sure it is level. After cleaning any dirt from the carpet removal, the sub floor is ready for its wood flooring! 

The flooring was delivered from Albany Woodworks' mill in Louisiana on a flat bad truck. A forklift truck is typically required for unloading the pallet of product.

The owner of the cabin installed the flooring himself. He first put down a felt paper since it was a nail down installation. He then began laying the flooring pieces against the longest wall, which is recommended. 

Using a nail gun, he began nailing the floor down, starting closest to the wall and working his way back. The flooring was tongue and groove so the next row interlocked and was blind nailed. This process was continued until the room was complete!

A professional flooring installer came in to finish the flooring for optimal quality. A semi-gloss finish was used. 

Once the multiple coats of finish were complete and dry, the baseboards were reinstalled and furniture was placed back in the room! The result is stunning. The owner picked a beautiful pine flooring that brought a modern touch to the Tennessee Cabin with a stunning view.