No detail was left out in creating this stunning Adirondack Lodge. The magnificent log house and stone home commands attention. Inside you will find carefully chosen barn board siding used throughout to add increased interest to the interior of the log home. Every rail, inside and out, is adorned with twig balusters in keeping with the traditional Adirondack style. The massive stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows make the grand cathedral living space the center of the lodge. The beautiful log house has multiple exterior porches that encircle the lodge allowing guests to enjoy every aspect of the warmly wooded atmosphere.
Using reclaimed barn board wood for new log house and cabin building construction projects is something that is becoming more and more popular. Log house contractors have begun renovating both wood cabins and public spaces with wood that is reclaimed from old barns, commercial buildings, factories, and houses all across America. Whether you are building a new wood cabin or renovating a cabin building, reclaimed wood can add the character that you want.
Working with reclaimed wood is popular in both rustic wood cabins designs and modern log house designs. You might choose to use a barn board accent wall in a room in your wood cabin or use reclaimed for the beams. Reclaimed wood comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and different sources. There is nothing that can compare to an authentic piece of reclaimed wood; it has a unique story to tell and a look all its own. Regardless of the source of your reclaimed wood you choose to use in your wood cabin design, there are a few tips for using this type of wood. If you use reclaimed barn board wood, it may have been in the elements for a 100 years or more. The reclaimed barn wood may be covered in dirt, dead bugs, amongst other things. Because of this, you will need to clean it. Start by using a stiff nylon bristle brush and give the barn wood a brisk rub down. This will help get rid of any loose dirt. Follow this up with a quick spray with an air hose to clean off the finer particles of dirt. Some people like to clean the reclaimed barn wood with a high-pressure water sprayer, but you have to be careful, or you may risk damaging the wood.
Next, you will need to inspect the reclaimed barn wood for any remaining metal. As part of a barn, the barn boards would have been nailed to the barn structure, and some of the nails may be left behind. The same goes for pallet wood, you'll want to give each piece of wood a good visual inspection, and you’ll catch about 99 percent of it before it dulls your saw blade. Then check for bugs. Pallet wood usually doesn’t have an issue with this, but with barn wood, it will depend on the type of wood. Some places that specialize in barn wood kiln dry the reclaimed barn wood, to kill off any bugs and to remove any moisture from the building material. If you suspect that a piece of barn wood has bugs, you’ll need to be sure and get rid of them, as you don't want any bugs invading the inside of your wood cabin or log house.
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