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.