by Alana Ferrari

Reclaimed wood makes for sustainable and stylish design

One of the countries best-kept secrets is out and emerging on the east coast as the hottest trend in contemporary design. Reclaimed wood, along with its natural elegance, is a resource that makes a chic statement of economic consciousness and historical character throughout The Batch Yard. Previously the old Charleston Chew candy factory in Everett, MA, The Batch Yard utilizes 26,000 board feet of reclaimed heart pine timbers from the original structure in the flooring, paneling and furniture of the new luxury apartment complex. Pieces of artwork throughout the building are also composed of reclaimed long leaf pine and echo The Batch Yard’s industrial past.

Wood once was the primary building material in the US because it was strong, inexpensive and absolutely everywhere. Now, due to exploitation of the resource, many of the original woods that built the foundation of our country are attainable only through reclamation. Reclaimed lumber is often sourced from decking and timbers rescued from old warehouses, mills, barns, and factories. During the 19th and 20th centuries chestnut, oak, hickory, pine and poplar timber was harvested to build those traditional structures. These trees, grown over hundreds of years without air pollution and human contact, provide the strength, stability and durability of today’s reclaimed wood. Barns are the typical source for the wood but mill buildings and factories throughout the east coast also provide ubiquitous reuse possibilities, much like the historic Charleston Chew factory and the wood proudly displayed at The Batch Yard. Reclaiming lumber from retired mills and factories puts the material to conventional use rather than disposing of it in landfills. During a time of resource scarcity, reclaimed wood provides a sustainable and stylish solution for interior design.