Sunday, August 23, 2009

my floors have arrived!!!!!!!!

In case you're interested in them, you can't have them. They're all mine and they're one of a kind.

Actually, it's reclaimed beech barnwood from Horse Cave, KY (close to Mammoth Cave) about 30 miles up the interstate from us. We had it planed in 7,8,9,10,11" planks (yes, another budgetary decision because I originally wanted all 10"). But, upon further research, most old farmhouses had a variation in plank widths because they simply used what they had. So, that will be my story from now on.

We used what was available. After all, not all trees are 10" in diameter.

The planks will be face-nailed with square nails and because of our budgetary decision, instead of only using hardwood in the living areas, we will now have hardwood throughout the ENTIRE HOUSE (excluding bathrooms).

I'm so happy I can squeal!

Greg complained so much about the carpet at our last house because of his allergies, so I won't have to hear that anymore.

Plus, with an offspring of G on the way, if s/he inherits any of G's allergies, it'll be easier to keep the dust down with all hardwood.

Now, I have to have a lesson in patience, though, because the hardwood has to acclimate for 2-3 weeks before it can be laid.

Lastly, I would like to say, I'm not selfish with my barnwood source. It came from a company called "Long Ago Lumber." They do not have a website or anything of the sort. I think they have a phone number and that's it. Very simple folk. But, they're good-ole-boys and easy to work with. They take down old barns all over the country (mainly in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Kentucky) and make it available to anyone anywhere in the US. They've supplied lumber for Brad Paisley, Allen Jackson, Elton John, and others. I can't remember them all. They supply old barnwood for flooring, beams, mantles, exterior, columns, you-name-it. If you're interested in using them, they're very reasonable, otherwise we couldn't have afforded them, just leave me your email address in the comments and I'll send you their phone number.

I know there was something else I was going to tell you about this, but I've completely forgotten it (pregnancy brain strikes again!). I'll come back and edit if I remember.


Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Gorgeous wood!!!

Hey, just a thought: We had bare floors in our last house, and it was somewhat a bummer when our first baby came... You want a nice, cozy place for your little one to lay on, crawl and learn to walk... I ended up putting down a rug in the living room, but in the hallways etc. if she was wearing socks, she would slip and slide during her 'learning to walk' days... We then got grippy socks, but they weren't all that great... and, you want your babes feet cozy in the winter!
Just something to think about:)

lisa truesdell said...

looooooooooooove old wood. LOVE.

and robeez rock for little feet learning to walk on wood. =)

Kimberly said...

Beautiful wood. Your home will be so wonderful and inviting. Do you know what style (s) you will be decorating in?

Mandi Johnson said...

Wow, my dream floors! No joke! I think that is exactly what I have envisioned in my mind for my home someday. And congrats on the pregnancy!

Ally said...

Those floors are going to be soooo beautiful! I wish I had gone with hardwoods over tile when I remodeled. You are going to love them!

justem said...

I love seeing your farmhouse take shape! I am so jealous of's going to be amazing! :)

Houston said...

Wow, the house is really moving along! I read through the few previous posts, that I missed, and I have to say that it looks like the house will be gorgeous... the perfect place to bring home your new addition!

Christine said...

those are beautiful planks! i am envious!

vicki boutin said...

First...congrats on the bun! :) I did not know!

Second...that floor is going to look so cool!!!!!!