Mike Hudson, standing in the hayloft of his current barn project, says he will deconstruct about 10-12 barns in the next year. He sells the reclaimed wood at his lumberyard in Elbert, Colorado. (Photo by Kristofor Husted, Harvest Public Media)
“Most people want those accent pieces,” he says. “They want to have those pretty beams in the ceiling or they want to have the barn wood walls, or the tables and the furniture.” A few years ago, many farmers didn’t understand how valuable their old barns were and might have been swindled, Bowe says, but today they know the capital they’re sitting on. He says we’re in the midst of a barn wood frenzy right now, but it still likely has a shelf life. Indeed, there are only so many weathered barns in the U.S.
Laughing Squid had my number today with this tidbit of breaking news.
In what might be the ultimate barn find, Yahoo! Autos Motoramic is reporting that Ray and Mildred Lambrecht of Lambrecht Chevrolet in Pierce, Nebraska will be auctioning off an incredible collection of 500 vehicles that have been stored away for decades (many of which are nearly undriven). VanDerBrink Auctions will host this amazing auction on September 28th and 29th, 2013 in Pierce. Motoramic reports that fifty of the cars have “less than 10 miles on their odometers.” There are a bunch of photos of the collection at the auction’s site (pdf of the complete inventory).
Fred and Jane Ridpath, of Oxford, Nebraska, are salvaging about 70 percent of each structure they dismantle. They feel good about the high percentage … that they can then offer good, reusable building materials for recycling or repurposing. They’re preventing viable, valuable architectural artifacts from being bulldozed and hauled to the dump, Fred says.
“We’re doing our part to keep the whole planet from becoming a landfill,” Jane says.
Fred and Jane respect the older houses they dismantle. “We love the character of old houses,” Fred said. “It’s most heart-breaking when we see old houses bulldozed,” Jane said.
Fred started his most recent salvaging endeavors reclaiming the recyclable metals from houses that the Village of Oxford intended to demolish. Before they can tear anything down, the structure has to be inspected, and asbestos removed, Fred said. “I don’t mind the inspections. We (he and Jane) do it by the book,” Fred said, explaining that the inspections keep him safe and prevent him from “draggin’ something home” to Jane or to their dogs and cats.
Read the entire article via McCook Daily Gazette: Local News: Oxford couple puts archtectural salvage items back to use (05/14/13).