Reclaimed lumber / Guides

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...lumber. So what is FSC Certified Lumber and how to recognize it? Any Lumber or paper producer that carries the FSC logo has been carefully vetted and meets the high standard of the FSC certification program. FSC Certified Lumber aims to be the ‘gold standard’ of ‘eco-friendly’ lumber, and it's an assurance that t...

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...Reclaimed lumber and building materials Naikoon Contracting Ltd. is an award winning design-build company specializing in green residential projects. Founded 32 years ago, Naikoon Contracting Ltd. has built a reputation for superior building practices and the highest quality customer service. Naikoon is currently...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...lumber was taken to a local mill to be turned into tongue and groove flooring. The rest was milled and finished by the owners (in their new workshop) as the materials for baseboards and trims. Urban logging © Brian Blak Some of the wood was used for benches and end tables, while bark covered slabs were turned i...

Diving to retrieve sunken timber from the log drive
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Reclaiming sunken timber from the log drive

...lumber, as it still is in many parts of the world. And of all the logs that passed by, there were many others that sank before they reached their destination. Be it folklore or fact, I've heard that the Gatineau River for one, is several feet deep with logs at the bottom. This may or may not be true, but even if it's...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...reclaimed / reused materials. All existing millwork, plumbing and electrical fixtures, doors and windows from the existing house were recycled through ‘Habitat for Humanity’. Trees/shrubs were transplanted to neighbours during demolition and construction. Over 80% of demolition building waste, such as masonry, lumber...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...lumber to the housing industry. Read more here about other hemp building materials on the market and why they are sustainable. Hardwood flooring companies will on occasion use wood reclaimed from river beds , recycled barn boards, or renewable building materials such as bamboo, but this hemp flooring from a Ten...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...reclaimed barn boards, FSC-Certified lumber, or wood reclaimed from river bottoms as seen above. It will also reduce the negative health and ecological impacts of finishing with wood if you omit applying a finish. One thing is for certain - when the work is complete, it will be quicker and easier to clean below a woo...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...lumber that has been treated with toxic chemicals to prevent insects being transported. Some pallets have been used for shipping dangerous goods, and are often contaminated with toxic chemicals from containers leaking - especially CP marked pallets that were specifically produced to ship chemical products. Even p...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...Reclaimed barn boards and timbers: As barns are taken down for any number of reasons, much of the wood is still in exceptional condition and often commands an impressive price on the market. You can find support beams as well as boards. Mill your own tree: If you must take down a tree and you have space to store a pi...