Before and After

Who doesn’t love a dramatic transformation?!

Pam’s patio was suffering from a lack of use, and she realized that was probably due to a lack of personality. The custom concrete work wasn’t doing quite enough to draw the family outside.

The concrete block wall didn't do enough to complement the beautiful custom stamped concrete patio.

The concrete block wall didn’t do enough to complement the beautiful custom textured concrete patio.

Previously clad in plain plywood, the storage area under the deck now features custom made doors on specialty hardware.

Previously clad in plain plywood, the storage area under the deck now features custom made doors on specialty hardware.

Looking for something more exiting that typical siding, Pam wanted something to really ‘pop’ and liven up  the space and she knew that reclaimed Barn Siding would do just that.   Opting for the Mixed Brown-Grey product that includes the full range of weathered colors, she also varied the layout, mixing vertical and horizontal and even building a custom pair of barn style doors with a modern vibe.

 

 

The end result (paired with a splash of color on the glass doors) is a lively, live-able patio, that the whole family loves!

The completed patio is a dramatic change- the siding and fun punch of color on the doors make a huge difference. Now the space is modern and inviting.

The completed patio is a dramatic change- the siding and fun punch of color on the doors make a huge difference. Now the space is modern and inviting.

Putting New Timberland Boots to the Test

TJ, Cal and Dave modeling the new 'Rip Saw' from Timberland. Appropriately enough, that timber they're sitting on is on the deck of our largest saw.

TJ, Cal, and Dave modeling the new ‘Rip Saw’ boot from Timberland. Appropriately enough, that timber they’re sitting on is on the deck of our mill’s rip saw.

A few months ago we were contacted by a representative from Timberland PRO. In the process of designing a new boot for professional use, they were looking for some real-world feedback from guys in the field and wanted to know if our team might be interested in helping. 10 of our hardworking team members would be provided with a brand new pair of work boots, and all they needed to do in return was give their honest opinions.

The "wood-grain" wrapping paper and hinge patterned tape was perfect for us!

The “wood-grain” wrapping paper and hinge patterned tape was perfect for us!

The boots arrived yesterday after months in development and we had the chance to get everyone’s first impressions. Even though it’s 90 degrees here, the guys laced up their new “logger” style, tall shaft boots and headed back out to the shop.

 

 

Designed for professionals, hopefully these new boots will keep our team comfortably on their feet.

Designed for professionals, hopefully these new boots will keep our team comfortably on their feet.

So far the thing we’ve heard most is “Wow! These are really comfortable!”. One of the guys even tossed his old boots right into the garbage. The team seems impressed with Timberland’s hard work designing these work-tough boots and the anti-fatigue technology is helping them stay on their feet longer with more comfort. We’re thrilled to have been selected to participate in this test and will continue to pass on the feedback to Timberland.

You’ll likely see these boots in stores later this year.

Tony's old boots were on their way out, so when the new Timberlands arrived, he promptly put them in the trash.

Tony’s old boots were on their way out, so when the new Timberlands arrived, he promptly put threw his old boots in the trash.

They're taller than the pair he had on, but Jake tells us they are "really comfortable".

They’re taller than the pair he had on, but Jake tells us they are “really comfortable”.

Happy Earth Day!

It’s Earth Day!

We kind of feel like we celebrate the earth all year round here given that our focus is the salvage and re-purposing of antique wood.  But there are a lot of other ways that we (and all of us) can work to live a little bit “greener”.  Whether it’s something as simple as switching to energy efficient light bulbs or as large scale as building a sustainable home, each effort we make will have an impact.

This year, I  downloaded a new app for my phone that will help me sort my recyclables, while we here at Pioneer Millworks participated in the Forest Stewardship Council’s “Hug a Tree, Hug FSC” campaign to help raise awareness about the hard work the FSC is doing and all of the amazing FSC products we’re surrounded by day to day.

What did you do to celebrate Earth Day this  year?  We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

Until next time, stay green!

-Roblyn

Pioneer Millworks' staff members show their love for FSC Certified Recycled wood. While it's Earth Day today, we do this everyday because we believe in what we do.

Pioneer Millworks’ staff members show their love for FSC Certified Recycled wood. While it’s Earth Day today, we do this everyday because we believe in what we do.

All you need is just a little patience

Anyone who’s lived through a remodeling project in their home knows that things often don’t go exactly as planned, or finish in the time originally anticipated.

Our client Jennifer came to see us back when the weather was still nice and  I just recently had the opportunity to visit her home and take a look at her newly completed master bathroom remodel. The expanded space incorporates our Mixed Brown-Grey Barn Siding throughout.

The reclaimed Barn Siding wraps all of the master bath's walls as well as the box beams at the ceiling.  The beams are hollow and incorporate lighting in them to illuminate the ceiling.

The reclaimed Barn Siding wraps all of the master bath’s walls as well as the box beams at the ceiling. The beams are hollow and incorporate lighting in them to illuminate the ceiling.

The home itself is an 1800s barn on a rolling, wooded lot so the barn siding was a perfect fit for the aesthetic of the space, but Jennifer also wanted to incorporate a contemporary feel which she accomplished by including bright white cabinetry with clean lines and the crisp, modern fixtures and tiles.

 

Reclaimed Barn Siding naturally has variations in thickness due to the irregular weathering of the boards on the barn. The contractors here carefully planed the back of each piece to lessen this effect and create a more uniform surface on the walls.

Reclaimed Barn Siding naturally has variations in thickness due to the irregular weathering of the boards on the barn. The contractors here carefully planed the back of each piece to lessen this effect and create a more uniform surface on the walls.

As with many remodeling projects, there were snags and delays along the way- demolition that took longer than anticipated and design changes on the fly. Jennifer and her construction team also took their time with the details.  The Barn Siding for the walls was planed on site to totally eliminate any variation in thickness and Jennifer hand applied a very subtle finish to soften the naturally dramatic color variation in the Mixed Brown-Grey planks. Additionally the vanity was custom designed and built to fit the room and a large new master closet was created using space from the garage.

A narrow strip of the Barn Siding also finishes the front of the fully custom tile-topped vanity.

A narrow strip of the Barn Siding also finishes the front of the fully custom tile-topped vanity.

The Barn Siding is also used as the tub skirt, complementing the light tones of the wood-grain tiles.  The homeowner has a strong DIY streak and made the area rug herself with leather scraps and a loom.

The Barn Siding is also used as the tub skirt, complementing the light tones of the wood-grain tiles. The homeowner has a strong DIY streak and made the area rug herself with leather scraps and a loom.

Ultimately, the results are worth the extra time spent. The carefully considered details make for a stunning, spa-like space that Jennifer can enjoy everyday. Her patience paid off in a big way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The homeowner applied a subtle white wash style finish to each plank.  This makes the variation in the Brown-Grey planks somewhat more subtle and cools down the warmer brown boards.

The homeowner applied a subtle white wash style finish to each plank. This makes the variation in the Brown-Grey planks somewhat less dramatic and cools down the warmer brown boards.