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Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring

| 1/10/2014 9:29:00 AM

Heidi NawrockiWhen you build a house, you are faced with so many decisions. From exterior design choices to interior finishes, there are really an infinite number of choices. That's what makes a house unique. We knew that by building our own home, we had complete control over all the aspects of design. And one thing we knew for sure we wanted was hardwood flooring.

There are so many options for hardwood floors. Just go take a walk through your local Home Depot or Lowes and you could easily spend an hour browsing and comparing just what they stock in store! We knew we wanted something different, something unique. We were drawn to the aesthetic of reclaimed hardwood flooring. And we were drawn to the green aspect of it. And we were able to find it locally!

Great room with fresh finish

Local reclaimed hardwood flooring? We found it through our local Craigslist. A local craftsman and his crew have a passion for taking down old barns and houses and preserving as much of the wood and other relics that they can. We got in touch and we loved what we saw!

At first, we thought it might be out of our budget. We allowed a little bit more wiggle room for our flooring budget because we knew this was not something we wanted to change down the road. Kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities were things we knew could be easily changed out, but flooring isn't quite as easy.

Since we were looking at putting the flooring down throughout our whole house except for bathrooms and the laundry room, we presented the craftsman with a workable budget. And he agreed! We then got to peruse the internet for the species, width, and finish we were looking for. We knew he had a lot of oak ready to be sent to the woodworker's shop and made into flooring. We decided to use a mixture of red and white oak in the bedrooms

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