Living Room Chairs
“Every bit of wood in the house, including what was used to build the windows, was either reclaimed or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)-certified,” Jim says. Interior walls are FSC-certified horizontal pine boards butted together. “We were looking at durability,” he says. “This is a very old way to clad walls, and it’s a timeless look.”
Solid heart-pine floorboards from a South Carolina cotton mill were used for the house’s rustic wide-plank floors. “We were able to cut each of the original 3-inch-thick boards lengthwise to create three boards [each 1 inch thick] for our floors, tripling the usage,” Jim explains.
Some of the heart pine was used to build stair handrails, risers, and treads, resulting in a new staircase with the character and texture of a centuries-old home. “You grab the rail, and you can feel the holes from old nails,” Jim says. “It’s like it has a memory. The house really is like a big storybook.”