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Salvaged Beams Used In Custom Home Design

We are always inspired to see how our customers use the architectural antiques and salvage items purchased from Southern Accents. Many of our customers will walk through the showroom with a vision of exactly how they want to incorporate salvaged items into their home or business. Others will discover pieces that they fall in love with and will walk away with their treasured items not knowing exactly how to utilize them. Such was the case with customers Kevin and Kristen Thomas.

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The Thomas’s came to us a couple of years ago looking for salvaged beams for their new home. In the fall of 2013 we purchased an 1815 barn in Rising Sun, Indiana. The enormous hand-hewn beams in this barn were some of the best we had ever rescued. Knowing the Thomas’s were looking for large beams, we contacted them to let them know about our find. Kevin met us at our wood warehouse as the beams arrived. He took one look and said, “I don’t know exactly what I am going to do with them, but I want every one of them!” In addition to the beams, Southern Accents also supplied reclaimed wood and custom doors that were installed throughout the home. Last week the Thomas’s were kind enough to invite us to tour their new home. We were blown away!

Use of the salvaged beams can be seen throughout the home. The most impressive is the massive arched beam that runs parallel with the upstairs balcony railing. The over 25 foot long beam immediately grabs your attention as you enter the home. While some might see the arch as a flaw, the Thomas’s viewed it as an architectural piece loaded with character and left the beam untouched, exposing the mortise pockets. Salvaged beams were used in various places throughout the interior, including the door frames, as well as the exterior of the home. Having a “nothing wasted” mentality, even scrap pieces were put to good use. Some were cut into corbels and used to support the concrete counter on the kitchen island, while other pieces were used to build a fabulous table that sits below the television in the family room.

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Beams were used as door frames throughout the house. Scrap pieces were used to build the beautiful custom table.

Stay tuned… We’ll be posting more photos from this incredible home in the near future. In the mean time, stop by our wood showroom and take a look at our selection of reclaimed wood and salvaged beams and let your imagination run wild!!

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Corbels were cut from scraps of the salvaged beams and used to help support the concrete countertop.

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Some of the salvaged beams can be seen across the back covered patio.


From Warehouse to Wow!

Located just one mile down the road from Southern Accents showroom at 250 Janeway Drive is our Salvaged Wood Showroom.

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Over the past several years, reclaimed lumber has increasingly become a larger part of our architectural salvage business. Last year we increased the size of our wood storage facility with the addition of a second warehouse! The new warehouse not only gave us more storage room, but it also provided an area that allows us to mill a lot of the salvaged wood ourselves. Currently we have over 250,000 square feet of salvaged barn wood, beadboard, trim, handhewn and circular sawn beams.

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Our Salvaged Wood Showroom, which is open to the public during regular business hours, is run by team member John. Before moving to the U.S. from Columbia, John was a licensed and practicing architect and has the knowledge to help you select the perfect materials that will turn your next wood project into that WOW factor! Many of our customers have used salvaged wood and timbers for projects ranging from flooring, wall coverings, ceiling coverings, custom doors, furniture, rustic mantels and more.

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Visit our Project Spotlight Pinterest Board to view some of our customers projects that have been created using salvaged and reclaimed wood from Southern Accents. You can visit our wood warehouse Tues – Fri from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Our new facility houses much of our salvaged circular sawn and handhewn timbers. The timbers are available in a natural or oiled finish. They can be left in the rough or sanded. We can also mill them to any desired length for use as rustic mantels.

Our new facility houses much of our salvaged circular sawn and handhewn timbers. The timbers are available in a natural or oiled finish. They can be left in the rough or sanded. We can also mill them to any desired length for use as rustic mantels.

Our two Wood Warehouses are filled with salvaged wood and trim. Our inventory changes weekly and includes a variety of wood species in naturally distressed and aged paint finishes. The wood can be used as is or can be planed to reveal a clean face finish.

Our two Wood Warehouses are filled with salvaged wood and trim. Our inventory changes weekly and includes a variety of wood species in naturally distressed and aged paint finishes. The wood can be used as is or can be planed to reveal a clean face finish.

Photography by: Lisa Jones


Deconstructed, Recycled, Repurposed… Salvaged Wood

When entering Southern Accents showroom, the first thing that may catch your eye is the sparkle of a crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling, the row of beautiful wood doors neatly lined down the center aisle, an ornate mantel sitting against the brick wall, or perhaps our bright red antique Coca-Cola machine waiting to greet thirsty customers. What you don’t see in our showroom has become a very large part of our business, our salvaged wood.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques Travel one mile from Southern Accents showroom and you will arrive at our wood warehouse. In what was a basketball gym in the 1960’s, now houses a huge collection of reclaimed wood, trim, and beams. Salvaged wood is highly sought after for a wide variety of uses. While the bulk of what we sell is used as flooring, much of it is also used to build doors, furniture, stair treads and various DIY projects. Beams are turned into rustic fireplace mantels and salvaged barn wood skins are used as wall and ceiling coverings. Odd pieces are quickly snatched up by DIY enthusiasts who always have that perfect project in mind!

The question, “Where do you get all of this wood?” is one that we hear often. All salvaged wood is wood that has been rescued from buildings that have been slated for demolition for a variety of reasons. Some of the wood that we acquire comes from a house or barn that we salvage ourselves. Much of the wood is acquired from large textile mills across the Southeast that are no longer producing goods. Because the bulk of the textile industry has moved overseas, many of these mills which were built during the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, have sat empty for years and are now being torn down. The buildings are dismantled in reverse order from how they were constructed. Once the exterior material, typically brick, is removed, the wood decking is exposed and salvaged followed by the structural beams. Wood acquired from these very large salvage projects are stacked and sold in bulk.

Textile mill being deconstructed

Textile mill being deconstructed

Salvaging wood is an extremely labor intensive process. When we salvage a barn or house, we inspect the wood and look for signs of infestation of insects. Infested wood is culled and burned. Each piece of usable wood is then checked, by hand, with a metal detector for nails and any other metal fragments. All metal must be removed from every piece before it can be taken to the mill. The wood is then graded and stacked on pallets. We examine each stack of wood to determine how we can obtain the maximum yield. Wood that has been processed can be taken directly to the mill where it can be re-sawn, planed to a common thickness, straight lined to common widths, and perhaps tongue and grooved to use as flooring. Wood that has paint or stain on the exterior is typically cut to 1/2″ thick and used for colorful skins to maintain the original look that many of our customers seek for ceiling and wall decor.

If you are considering wood flooring for your home, engineered wood flooring is certainly less expensive, but cannot compare to the beauty of salvaged wood flooring. Salvaged, antique wood has character that tells a story. It should be considered an investment that adds value to your home. The use of salvage wood also serves a greater purpose. Reuse of these materials directly contributes to the sustainability of our planet.

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Gorgeous salvaged wood floor.

While we have a variety of wood species in our warehouse at any given time, the most sought after wood is heart pine. Residing in the south, the heart pine is more readily available and is an excellent choice for flooring. When looking for wood for use as flooring, wall covering, furniture, a DIY project or that awesome rustic beam mantle, stop by our wood warehouse and consider using reclaimed wood for your next project. The warehouse is located at 250 Janeway Drive and open Tuesday – Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Another beautiful salvaged wood floor

Another beautiful salvaged wood floor

Article written by: Lisa Jones
Southern Accents Webmaster/Marketing


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