This sensational property was a former industrial building transformed into a beautiful loft in TriBeca, New York by Threshold Interiors. The designers used many re-claimed and salvaged items to complement the architecture and original purpose of the building.
The designers used reclaimed industrial windows used to provide light to an interior room. The dining table is custom from Olde Good Things in NYC.
The countertop is a reclaimed marble.
The living room is reclaimed barn wood nailed to drywall. The column is original to the home.
The bathroom tile can be found at Casale Tile in Ocean Township, New Jersey.
The master bathroom features custom-made shower doors and a reclaimed sink. The flooring is silver travertine from Casale Tile in Ocean, New Jersey.
The wall paneling are poplar boards the designers bought from their local lumber yard, they are inexpensive and they fit together by using a tongue and groove process. The poplar was stained using Minwax MWB 37. The sink is reclaimed from the Tastycake factory in Philadelphia.
Photos: Courtesy of Threshold Interiors
This striking old timber frame rustic-modern barn is built from the reclaimed wood of older structures by RMT Architecture near the Swan Mountain Range in Montana. The barn was only built a year and a half ago and incorporates state-of-the-art mechanical features, but it was built almost entirely out of reclaimed wood from barns, sawmills and other buildings in rural Montana, all of it decades old. The family was building a primary residence nearby, but wished to build a separate structure for entertaining and recreational activities down by the spring-fed lake. It’s only 850 square feet inside and has no bedrooms, but the simple design has room for a small kitchen, a bar, a gathering area centered around a majestic fireplace, a pool and foosball table, and, in the loft, a long shuffleboard table. The finishing result of the project was a family friendly modern barn that’s true to Montana’s history and heritage.
The sliding doors on both sides of Roger Martin’s 850-square-foot “rec barn” allow a view through the entire structure, adding to the illusion it was once a working barn.
The architects designed the building with the classic proportions of an old barn, a screened-in porch cleverly substituting for one of the wings.
Photos: Courtesy of RMT Architects
This contemporary penthouse apartment mixes cool, clean interiors and reclaimed pieces in this city work space located in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. The space was too bare and the detailing boring, so the homeowner’s called on the designers at Groundswell Design Group to add character to the home. The designer’s specialize in reclaiming and re-purposing, which came into play on the walls and through the furnishings. To meet the needs of the client, one of the two bedrooms was opened up and turned into an office and lounge. The contemporary style of the home was mixed with rustic and salvaged pieces. The main living area features galvanized metal from a chicken coop roof which adds horizontal bands, rusty patina and an industrial edge to one end of the apartment. The furnishings throughout the apartment function as art.
Interesting facts about the project: The cost of the reclaimed barnwood call, 12 by 20 feet: $13 per square foot; $3,120 total. The cost of the galvanized tin wall, 11 by 18 feet: $7.50 per square foot; $1,485 total.
The team designed the mural and had it executed by graffiti expert Sean Gallagher.
The horizontal lines of the painting on the window wall inspired the design throughout the house, as did the horizontal movement of the Delaware river outside.
The computer desk was made by the design team of reclaimed metal and has a glass top. The construction of the Eiffel Tower was inspiration for the desk.
The high-top desk serves as a unique conference table for client meetings.
Groundswell designed the shelves, which are made of metal and reclaimed joists.
The bar and the live-edge shelves above it are reclaimed poplar wood. The bars between the shelves are supports from old school locker room benches.
The designers composed the half wall and another wall with wood reclaimed from barns in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The silvery gray wood is hemlock, and the brown wood is mushroom wood.
The designers knocked down the wall separating what was the second bedroom from the foyer, opening the whole space up as an office and lounge.
The reclaimed hemlock and mushroom wood combination carries into the bedroom on a large headboard. It’s 8 inches from the wall, allowing room for backlighting.
Photos: Top Kat Photo
Casa Zinc has been designed by Antique dealer Aaron Hojman, nestled on Uruguay’s coastal village of La Barra, which is at the head of stretches of golden beaches and low headlands. The six-room, two-storey hotel is a “posada bohemia” with five-meters high factory gates and a facade clad in vintage railway bricks, reclaimed windows and corrugated zinc siding. Like staying at a private home of someone with exquisite design taste, Casa Zinc has a welcoming, lived-in ambiance with its shabby-chic interiors and eclectic mix of vintage furniture.
Hojman has designed the interiors with bookshelves stacked with apothecary jars, valve radios and soda bottles, framed windows with wood lifted from a long-shuttered Montevideo railway station, and scattered distressed leather-and-wood sofas in the dining room and sitting room. The bedrooms have been named for the objects that lay within, Esudio Arquitecto, Estudio Diseno, Mirador, Back to School, Biblioteca and Patio. Hojman has a penchant for the unadorned and untreated, so prevalent that mortise joints still bear the carpenter’s penciled notations. Bathrooms offers porcelain sinks, long-levered taps and free-standing tubs that give the austerity of a glammed-up hospice.
To stay at Casa Zinc, rates range from $140 – $740, from here.
This stunning modern beach house was built in 1969 in Amagansett, The Hamptons, New York State. The one-storey property showcases a central living/dining area, kitchen, media room, master suite, three further bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home is designed with a modernist vibe while feeling incredibly raw and rustic. The living room is flanked by modern artwork and period photographs and curious, the storage alcove for the logs creates an eye-catching focal point. The Manila rope ceiling helps to conceal mounted speakers. Wood cladding gives the living room a cozy, cabin-like feel. Via
The heavy, rustic-style farmhouse table has been custom-made from white oak salvaged from a barn. A period chandelier gives the room a medieval feel, while modern artwork and tribal patterns provide a mix-and-match eclectic element.
A linen sofa and driftwood accessories gives the media room a relaxed look.
This timber and glass kitchen has a classic Mediterranean feel. Designed to keep the modernist vibe, while still feeling incredibly raw and rustic. This textured stone-and-wood palette with a few mid-century pieces thrown in is a delightful mix of old and new.
This subtle modern bedroom scheme was inspired by the artwork on the wall. The room features a silk turquoise rug and walls painted in pale mint green.
The rope used to create the blind adds a nautical feel to the contemporary bathroom scheme.The antique pine vanity unit features leather strap handles and a soapstone countertop.
Photos: Matthew Williams
This stunning off the grid cabin in the woods is owned and designed by fashion stylist and interior designer Scott Newkirk as a weekend summer getaway in Yulan, New York. The 300 square foot house has no electricity or running water, no TV, no computer. Here he can slow down, sleep late, and take his daily bath in the nearby brook. The designer had been already living close to the land on the property in a wood-frame tent but it burned down. Not long after he across a book on handmade houses that are constructed out of recovered and scavenged materials. He then decided to build a house on his property based on the same principal.
Although the main cabin is only fourteen feet by fourteen feet, it took two years and three different builders to complete; Newkirk had a hard time finding builders who got his idea for a simple, rough-hewn look. “I finally found a talented and dependable local guy, Craig Petrasek, to complete construction with reclaimed wood, extend the deck area, and build the stone patio,” he says. The traditional post-and-beam frame of the house uses old square-head nails on the exterior siding and floor, with a few modern ones for the roof. The smaller side windows are handmade, and the glass-paneled fronts both upstairs and downstairs are standard aluminum frames clad in wood. The completed complex (including an outhouse, guest house, and outdoor shower) sits on about three acres of Newkirk’s 50-acre property.
The downstairs panels slide open, and an upstairs panel pivots. To complete the indoor-outdoor feel, there is a twelve-foot strip of window across the rear with an eye-level view of the backyard.
The painting is by Diane Wiencke, who lives on Peaks Island off the coast of Maine; the wrought-iron horse came from a nearby shop.
Newkirk’s builder used aged hickory planks to fashion the ladderlike steps that lead up to his bedroom.
Newkirk uses this to heat up water for an occasional outdoor shower.
As in Newkirk’s main house, this guest cottage has no insulation in the walls and the windows are simply screens; it’s furnished only with two cots and a vintage George Nelson bench.
From June to September, Newkirk bathes in the same spot every day (he uses biodegradable soap).
Photo Source: New York Magazine
Zen Barn was designed by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The four bedroom, four bathroom, 3,100 square foot house features a rustic reclaimed wood exterior and minimalist design. Rich textures inside and out adds warmth to the modern look, and natural light penetrates the house from all angles. The stairwell, courtyard and second-floor deck above the dining area all let the interior space feel interconnected to the outdoors.
Heated exposed concrete floors ensure comfort in the presence of large glazed areas. Cabinetry in matte white lacquer and stained ash veneer flow through the interconnected kitchen, living and dining spaces. Century-old reclaimed white oak boards from southwestern Ontario clad the exterior volumes, as well as prefinished aluminum in some areas.
A variety of wood textures and tones gives the space a cozy character, contrasting with the white walls, ceiling and flooring.
The flooring is a lightweight concrete with an epoxy topping, an elegant low-maintenance choice that resists scuffs and shoe marks. This part of the house makes the most of the available natural light, even in the long Canadian winters.
“This house is as much about natural light and artistic, functional light as it is about the home’s design. Light moves through the structure and changes the space in response to the textures throughout the interior and exterior.”
Floating cabinets store items and add geometric interest. Book spines, a minimalist floral arrangement and the bell pendant give this part of the house a few unexpected doses of color.
Ash wood treads warm up the metal stairs.
Photos: Doublespace Photography
Seeking an unconventional home in San Francisco, California, Sam and April Lawrence wished to get out of the typical Victorian or modern loft space. They discovered a space on the Valencia Street corner over a bakery that was being developed as an office, with a large front window, concrete walls and wide-open spaces. The creative duo (he’s the CEO of Crushpath and she is a fashion designer) used their spacious home to showcase their two passions, city living and reclaimed relics. In the kitchen above, a large sign was picked up from Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage outside of Portland, Oregon. It was dismantled from a drugstore and wired with neon by an artist, dominating one end of the space.
Prior to the remodel, this stairway landing was very awkward. After adding oversize square poufs and new finishes, it’s the most popular gathering spot in the house. The wallpaper inspired the homeowners to use silver and gold throughout the interior. The wallpaper is a rugged backdrop for the couple’s frame collection, picked up from flea markets. The frames were empty when they purchased them, but they got the idea put quirky things in them.
The couple originally planned to mount old doors from a Tenderloin gym on a barn track over the entry to the bedroom, but when it didn’t work out, the vendor mentioned that he had an airplane door from the first Pan Am airplane to complete a transatlantic flight. The door, which is now illuminated, adds an industrial air to the space.
One modification to the door, the windows are now operable.
The bedroom has been designed as a series of blacks, purples and blues accented by a chrome dresser and oversize silver mirror, reflecting the shiny nature of the plane door outside.
Sam promised April a room-size dream closet to purchase this piece of property (she preferred a place with a yard for their two puppies). Pink built-ins with Lucite shelves display April’s sizable shoe collection and a stack of colorful suitcases hold textile samples. The double doors hide a Murphy bed that can fold down and make the space a guest room.
The large window at the front of the home looks out over Valencia Street.
The spacious sofa is made for entertaining, the padded back is deep enough to serve as bench seating and one side of the sectional is double-sided. It also is a great place to watch a movie, as a large screen drops down over the big window across from it.
The rough-hewn nature of a long table meets the Old-World elegance of tradition-with-a-twist wallpaper in the dining room.
This long cabinet was picked up from an automotive shop, where it received the perfect amount of patina. A collection of works by Sid Dickens hangs above it.
Photos: James Tensuan
The Bovina Residence is a stunning timber frame home from a nineteenth century barn that has been restored and raised on a new site in the Catskills, New York. Designed by kimberly peck architect, the goal of this project was to build a house that would be energy efficient using materials that were both economical and environmentally conscious. Due to the extremely cold winter weather conditions in the Catskills, insulating the house was a primary concern. The entirety of the timber frame has been wrapped in SIPs (structural insulated panels), both walls and the roof.
The 1,945 square foot house sits on a poured concrete slab with a radiant heating system inside and the top of the slab was polished and left exposed as the flooring surface. Fiberglass windows were chosen for their green properties. The house utilizes an air exchanger, a device that brings fresh air in from outside without losing heat and circulates the air within the house to move warmer air down from the second floor.
Additional green materials used in the home include reclaimed barn wood used for the floor and ceiling of the second floor, reclaimed wood stairs and bathroom vanity, and an on-demand hot water/boiler system. The exterior of the house is clad in black corrugated aluminum with an aluminum standing seam roof. Because of the extremely cold winter temperatures windows are used discerningly, the three largest windows are on the first floor providing the main living areas with a majestic view of the Catskill Mountains.
Trying to blend in with the beautiful landscape, this stunning Aspen, Colorado house was built with 300-year old recycled barn wood, locally sourced quarried stone cladding and enormous picture windows by Chad Opeenheim of Opeenheim Architects. Owner of this 3,200 square foot vacation house nestled on a quarter acre of land with a stream meandering through it; Opeenheim purchased the home for $3 million, which was built in 1971. In the interior the architect used invisible doors, fixtures, door openings and drains. Achieving this look, he used unframed doors and doorknobs that are narrow bronze strips, known as “knife-edge pulls”, which both seem to disappear. The light switches are also minimal, and the drains have narrow slits in the bottom of the sinks. The renovation cost $2 million, with four bedrooms for his wife and two young children. The home features five floors, which are mostly split-levels, creating a sense of intimacy. Some of the windows are as high as 14 feet, boasting views of the mountains, stream, and garden. The furnishings have also been minimally designed with a neutral color scheme of mostly gray, taupe, black and white, all hues that do not compete with the exterior landscape.
Most of the floors in the house are split-levels, creating a sense of intimacy.
The sofas are slipcovered in white during the summer, and gray during the winter.
Like the architecture, the furnishings are intentionally low key.
The library, which is tucked behind the dining area on the third level, is furnished with 19th-century French industrial steel chairs and shelving where artifacts collected on trips to Japan and Cambodia are displayed.
The abstract art in the dining area is actually moss.
Windows inserted between beams in the kitchen let in extra light.
The architect does not like visible light fixtures, so the staircase is lighted with concealed cove lights.
Oppenheim’s bedroom on the top level of the house is furnished simply.
The sink in the master bathroom is made of locally quarried stone, with nearly invisible drainage slits at the bottom. The cabinets are built out of 300-year-old barn wood.