Thus far my "project" has mostly consisted of planning-- visiting the occasional reclaimed building supply store , planning, and more planning. Up until last week I had made some purchases, such as windows and a set of 1950's retro metal kitchen cabinets. When I would take these objects home and put them in my build space and they couldn't help but look lonely...Conclusion: windows and cabinets don't make you feel like you are building a house.
But lumber does!
With my building plans close to finalized I was able to purchase my lumber and interior siding last week. For most, purchasing lumber consists of running to your local lumber yard or Home Depot. However convenient this may be, my budget does not allow for purchasing new lumber, and in a way, I am glad it does not, as my budget has encouraged (or forced!) me to be creative and resourceful, and has allowed me to meet some wonderful people. One of those people would be Niles.
Niles, also known as Niles Holder, LCC, is a local from Lyons, OR, and specializes in reclaiming old barns and outbuildings. He and his employees were friendly and willing to work with me from the beginning. Niles takes pride in his wood which they are careful to de-nail, only selling the best. I was so thankful and impressed with their delivery and careful unloading of everything I purchased.
While purchasing materials from Niles was a great experience, purchasing reclaimed lumber and siding felt like a bit of a risk, and in many ways, it is. There is always a risk of reclaimed lumber being warped, insect infested, or improperly removed. However, Niles stands behind his wood, provides you with a receipt and a guarantee that should any of the lumber not be satisfactory, he would take it back.
All that to say, there is definitely a risk involved with reclaimed lumber. However, by choosing to take somewhat of a risk, I saved roughly a $1,000. This is HUGE in a budget like mine. I will be sure to keep you updated on how my decision to build with reclaimed lumber goes; only time will tell!
If you are looking for reclaimed materials, give Niles a call at (503)393-6063 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will take care of you!