Angie's List: If this wood could talk

Angie's List: If this wood could talk

(ANGIE'S LIST) - Home designers are already identifying the hot new trends for 2017, and one takes a step back in time, giving life to old wood.

Reclaimed wood has become a booming part of the remodeling industry. Craftspeople around the world are dismantling, refining and re-imagining old wood.

"One of the latest trends in remodeling that we're seeing is using reclaimed wood from century-old barns or older buildings to add a focal point or even an accent wall in your home" Angie's List founder Angie Hicks said.

Companies are harvesting wood from water towers, old factories and barns.

"We totally transform these materials from their previous use into something completely new but yet show the history and the previous use as part of the features of that material," Alexander Bender of New York-based Tri-Lox said.

Hicks says anyone considering this trend should find a qualified woodworker to confirm authentically and properly treated reclaimed wood.

Artisans say there's virtually no limit to what they do with the wood.

"We get a lot of satisfaction out of repurposing this wood for new products and we hope they live on another 100 to 200 years afterward," artisan Adam Dick said.

Hicks says reclaimed wood is more expensive than other types, because of the time and skill it takes to acquire, treat and re-purpose it. Hicks also points out, the value of having a piece of living history in your home could be priceless.

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