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. 

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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.