Condo Blues: Reclaimed Barnwood Floors - Yea or Nay?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Reclaimed Barnwood Floors - Yea or Nay?

I love decorating and doing projects with reclaimed and recycled materials. I also like hardwood floors. Schlabach Woodworks is an Ohio company that combined my two loves and recently used reclaimed wood from an old Ohio barn to create these swoony hardwood floors in a house featured in the 2010 Parade of Homes.

 Look at that character!

You wont' find this in a big box store!

They also make staircases and mantle pieces from old barn wood too. Sadly I can't give you any more information than what I just did because Schlabach Woodworks doesn't have a web site due to their Amish roots.

Very green. Unique, but spendy and much nicer than laminate flooring. Although with a reclaimed barn wood floor like this, you really wouldn’t need to replace it as you eventually would with carpeting. It should last a lifetime!

What do you think? Reclaimed barn wood floors – yea or nay?

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Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom said...

Gorgeous! I love one... my bank account might not though. :P

Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen) said...


Do you have any idea how expensive? I paid and arm and a leg for cork flooring and might just be crazy enough to do the same for ohio wood if ever I need more floors.

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

Rachel - I'm not sure how expensive because they don't have a website. Looking at the old barns on my in-law's farm, it would be a very labor intensive process to remove the wood without damaging it and sanding it before you could think about cutting it for flooring.

PS: Father in law, your barns are safe - for now :)

DownDoggin in MN said...

Love it! You are so right, it's expensive but so beautiful.

Erika Jean said...

beautiful floors!

Robj98168 said...

Definetely YEA

Carol said...

I absolutely LOVE them! Every home needs to have something unique and these would definitely warm a house up pretty quickly. Good find!


Wendy said...

Reclaimed Barnwood is good for anything, which is my line of work. We dismantle barns and recycle as much of the wood we possibly can. Labor is very intensive getting it from the barn to the product, and not many people realize this. Wood is typically sold by board foot, and flooring is sold by the linear foot. The price also depends on the species of wood. White Oak flooring could be anywhere from 4-10 a foot. Personally, I like the look of the 'lesser quality' wood. With the cracks and checks and holes it has great character, and cheaper!

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