Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Traditional Wood Houses are Making a Comeback in Florida

When most people think of Florida housing, they think of concrete and stucco homes. However traditional Florida homes were originally wood frame out of pine and cypress. These style of homes were referred to as the Florida Cracker and the Caribbean (picture below). The Florida Cracker style home became popular in the late 1800's early 1900's and the Caribbean (influence from the Bahamas) was a common building style in the mid-1800's.
Traditional wood framed house in Florida built out of pine and cypress
This Florida Cracker home built in the 1890's is located in Bee Ridge

Caribbean style wood house design in Florida
The Caribbean style home was popular in the mid 1800's.
Both of these styles are experiencing a comeback. With eco-friendly origins before that trend was defined, these designs focus on local craftsmanship, natural cooling and ventilation. These simple home models are easily updated with their open plan and high ceilings.

Modern spin on traditional pine and cypress wood home in Florida

This Florida Cracker style home was built in Water Color, Florida by architectural firm, Historical Concepts. The inside was outfitted with tons of reclaimed wood, floor to ceiling. The flooring is reclaimed heart pine flooring with painted wood wall paneling and ceiling matched with painted beams. The light colors and open plan give the home the beach feeling with a farmhouse twist!

Reclaimed heart pine flooring and wall paneling

#reclaimed #florida #beachdesign

Monday, March 7, 2016

Reclaimed Flooring Specialist Recognized for Preservation of Historic Oak at Local University

Historic Oak outside Monroe Hall, Loyola University New Orleans
Albany Woodworks was recently recognized for its role in preserving the remains of the historic oak located on Loyola University's campus in New Orleans, LA. A recent article by the Loyola Maroon touched on the process of turning the nationally registered oak into benches to be placed in the newly renovated Monroe Hall, a result of controversy over taking the oak down for the renovation of the building.

Reclaimed oak benches

The results of the project were stunning, a natural edge bench preserving the wood's origins that is paired with industrial legs symbolizing the past meeting the future of the University's path. 

Reclaimed oak benches

Before and After- The wood was carefully dried for 14 months to protect the integrity and beauty of the wood.

Reclaimed oak benches

Richard Woods, CEO of Albany Woodworks, joined the project out of his love for custom projects and preserving the past. He also had a connection to Loyola University; both of his daughters are alumni of Loyola University.  For the full story, click here.