August 6, 2017
We are wrapping up our deconstruction of two tobacco barns. Special thanks to American Honda Motor Company, Inc; The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation; C&D Services, Llc, John Cusick Construction Company; Barn Removal Services; and the Town of Windsor Locks.
The bottom line is two historic tobacco barns that needed to be removed are now being reused instead of becoming waste. Siding and framing from these barns are already being used for the following purposes: Restoration of other Connecticut barns ( three examples); flooring and decoration in a restaurant; the wholesale manufacture of furniture ( two examples); and use for DYI individuals including interior decoration, garden trellises, shelves, table tops, headboards and barn doors.
We have just recently completed salvaging flooring, windows, doors, a kitchen, fixtures and more from a c. 1920 house in Fairfield. A truckload of materials was donated by the owner and delivered to the Reconnstruction Center in Newington by us. Other materials were sold directly from the site or brought to our storage or retail locations. We have been selling small lots of the recovered oak flooring for homeowner renovation projects in Monroe and Hamden, the kitchen cabinets and counters were delivered directly to a new installation site in Ivoryton. Doors have been sold individually to various customers. The front entrance will be installed at a carriage house in Branford. Floor joists have become furniture or barn doors. The mantel is in our New Haven retail space ,and all the radiators are in storage waiting for the seasonal demand to begin.
Another Barn !
We recently began the recovery of this barn in Hamden. All of the siding, roof sheathing and loft floor, as well as framing will be recovered except for a few small sections that are water damaged. We expect to recover up to 2,000 square feet of 1×6 tongue and groove yellow pine, beaded one side, plus 180 linear feet of barn beams and posts. Though it appears this barn was constructed in 1928, the beams and posts are hand hewn and apparently were recovered from an earlier barn. Some of this yellow pine is already scheduled to be made into furniture by a local manufacturer.
Many other smaller salvage jobs taking place, for example: With the diligence of a local contractor , this set c.1890 doors were saved from a house in New Haven ( currently located in our New Haven space). Another customer in New Haven saved some doors and a mantel for us. We have redistributed 8 of 32 church pews from a renovation project in North Haven.
Currently assessing recovery of materials from this 1937 house in Old Saybrook. Hopefully we will be able to recover flooring, doors, fixtures and these buried carriage house doors ( barely visible in photo on left).