News Apr. 2011

Hearth and Home

The 90's called, they want their house back!

Deep from our vaults, an unbuilt house for Ross, California, in a rambling shingle mode. Note the diamond-paned fenestration.

 

Sustainable and Beautiful: Reclaimed Florida Cypress

 

The process of building a house involves a lot of behind the scenes preparation – some of which starts more than a year before any of the results will be seen. Tom Kligerman recently took a trip to the Florida Panhandle in pursuit of reclaimed cypress that will be used in paneling for a current project. This reclaimed wood is a sustainable alternative to the traditional cypress and is housed at a saw mill located only 5 minutes from the beachside communities of Alys Beach and Seaside.

 

Incredibly, these trees were cut down almost a century ago and are the remnants of an obsolete transport system that used the river to float lumber down to its destination. During the course of transport a number of logs sank to the river bottom where they have remained until being unearthed in the present day.

 

This rich history also provides the wood with great diversity in both style and character which will allow Ike Kligerman Barkley to use cypress throughout the majority of the new house while still providing considerable distinction between each room.