>Appalachian Antique Hardwoods product called Corduroy Pine, which was pre-finished and stained green. The chinked logs are actually a wood veneer, which gives the home the energy benefits of traditional insulation.
Ask Zac Guy, owner of Appalachian Antique Hardwoods
in Waynesville, North Carolina, what’s so special about reclaimed homes and you’ll have a hard time getting just one answer. “If you think about it, incorporating these materials into your home really is the epitome of recycling,” he says. “You’re taking a product that’s already served one or two or three purposes here on Earth and making it useful yet again. It started as a tree, and then maybe some pioneer cut it down and hewed it with a broad ax, and then someone else used it in their barn, and now we’re making it part of a modern-day house.”
The hand-hewn beams found in the home’s main living room were recovered from old Amish barns.
And that’s exactly what he did when he partnered with MossCreek Designs
to design, build and outfit the Ison home in Sylva, North Carolina, in 2008. According to Guy, the homeowners wanted a “rustic home with a log-cabin design at the core.” Fortunately, the recycled and reclaimed materials from Appalachian Antique Hardwoods accomplish just that.
“When we build a home, I want the owners to sit in the house and feel like they did the right thing when they chose these materials,” says Guy. “The materials are textured and charactered, which results in a relaxed environment. And if we can create that kind of comfortable space while adding extra energy efficiency to the home, then we’ve done our job." The home, which is a certified North Carolina HealthyBuilt
home, operates with geothermal heating and cooling, is insulated with Icenyne spray foam for added efficiency and is outfitted with Energy Star
appliances. Take one look, though, and you’ll see that it’s the eco-friendly reclaimed materials that really make this home shine.