Sweetie and I live in a log home. It was built in late 2000 and we moved into it in late 2010. The carpet is original and is due for replacement.
We've talked about wood floors for the living room and hall. We have also talked about them for the kitchen and dining room, but would be happy with something else in those rooms. We had a flooring company come out last spring and gave us an estimate for wood (engineered) floors on the first floor, some carpet upstairs, new tile in the entry way, etc. $25,000!! So, we're scaling back a bit.
We've looked at laminates, engineered woods, etc. and nothing has really jumped out at us. I've also talked to a fairly local company that takes old barn wood and mills it into flooring. Beautiful look, but with installation, etc., we're looking at close to $25k just for the first floor. Again, a little more than I want to spend.
We went through an open house a few years ago that had reclaimed wood floors from some old cabin or house. Very cool, lots of character. Wide plank floors that appeared to be butt-jointed and face nailed with cut nails. Looked really good. Would look great in our house.
So, I've been thinking (which is always dangerous!! ).... Three years ago the owners of a property a couple of mailboxes up the road from me dismantled the old house that was on their property. Their original plan was to expose the underlying cabin and restore it, but for some reason they never did it and tore the house down instead.
Some people that live a few more driveways down the road bought the timbers and also the old foundation stone. The timbers have been sitting (elevated) in a pile, covered by a tarp in the driveway since July of 2015. That couple is now divorcing. The wife is still in the house. I'm thinking about offering to buy those timbers and have them milled into flooring to try and mimic what we saw a few years ago. We have a couple of local guys with saw mills around here. What I think would really look cool is if I can find someone with a circular saw mill to get those kind of saw marks in the wood (as opposed to band saw marks). I'd leave them fairly unfinished, only sanding enough to make sure there is a minimal chance of splinters. I'd probably want to trim the sides to get a fairly tight fit, but would try to leave some imperfections in the joinery. Like the other reclaimed flooring we saw, I'd want to face nail it with cut nails.
Is this a REALLY DUMB IDEA? Or is it doable and practical? I hate to see that pile of timbers exposed in her driveway and would love to rescue them to be used again just a few hundred feet from where they were in place for years. But, before I go over to start talking to her and measuring to cipher whether or not there are enough timbers to yield the required square footage, I wanted to pass this idea past folks that are a lot smarter than I am!! The wife is a bit of a nut job and if this isn't a viable project I really don't want to even approach her to start the conversation. (NOTE: Not my wife! The divorcing wife where the timbers are!)
History Note: The house was torn down in July of 2015. It was sold two years before that. The lady that lived in it until it was sold was born and raised in that house. She was in her early 70's at the time of the sale. The house had NO INDOOR PLUMBING!! There was a hand pump and shallow well about 15' off the back porch. There was an outhouse incorporated into the corner of the garage. I went into the house at the time they were auctioning all of the contents off and verified no indoor plumbing. Hard to believe that in this day and age, just a couple of miles outside of a fairly good sized town, that someone was living without indoor plumbing. The lady moved into a retirement community. I'd bet she's been pretty happy to not have to go outside during the cold winter months to take care of her business. Or, maybe not.