Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rainy Days


To make sure the trenches don't cave in or fill up with
water we tarped the house...

Samples have been coming in from salvaged wood mills in Oregon and Kansas.  Today I visited a local company that buys wood from out of state and re-mills it right here in Los Angeles.  We're not sure which species to go with yet but the cost of the salvaged wood is comparable to newly milled wood and has the bonus of being harder, denser and of course, re-used.  The older wood was cut down long ago from more mature trees than what we use today so they're grain is tighter and the woods are denser.  Below are some samples of the woods we are looking at- they have been torn out of old barns and buildings and re-milled into Tongue and Groove flooring.  



Vertical Grain Douglas Fir

It may seem early to start thinking about the flooring but it will take up to six weeks for the wood to be milled and delivered and it needs to sit in the place it will be installed for at least three weeks (six is better) so that it acclimates to the house.  Because of these two factors we will need to order it in the next couple of weeks.


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