Incorporated into our new timber frame home were salvaged items. We had hoarded items that we found charming for years, just waiting to place them in our new home.
Timber frames are a natural fit with heavy cast iron bathroom fixtures. The sinks in both bathrooms are old, as is the kitchen sink, and the bathtub. They were carefully refinished by John at http://www.southernstatesusa.com . They feel solid and warm…much like a timber frame.
The sinks sit comfortably on vanities built with salvaged wood taken from old buildings on the site. The door to one is an old window. The frame for the mirror is also salvaged wood. Over the tub hangs an old mirror that has hooks down each side. What a find from the barn!
Our decorator, friend, negotiator, and peace keeper, Pam Pringle of Pringle & Associates was able to find treasures in the barn. She knew just what went where and how it would be used in our timber frame home. Since she owns and has decorated a couple of timber frames, she was the perfect person to guide us.
We had four clawfoot bathtubs in the barn. David carefully moved them into the yard and I sat in each, selecting the one that fit me best for my “soaking tub”. Banks and Robin were out and found the four tubs, sitting under a tree, quite the sight. Banks loves it when people “embrace the mountain lifestyle”. Well, the other three found homes quickly. One worked well in someone’s outdoor shower and two more will grace the bathrooms in new timber frames in Georgia.
You’ve got to love saving these wonderful fixtures from the landfill. Can you say “green building” and “sustainable building”? That’s what I’m talking about!
So, build what you love, with “stuff” you love. Just build boldly!