Video: Legacy Select Heartpine Being Milled for an Adaptive Reuse Project

We absolutely love working on adaptive reuse projects.  The reclaimed wood floor being milled is this short video is a custom width 4-5/8″ Legacy Select Heartpine tongue and groove product.  Goodwin is milling a total of 7000sf total for a restoration and adaptive reuse of the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington DC (circa 1855).  Once complete, this historic hospital building will be transformed.  Stay tuned for updates.

The wood was milled from reclaimed heart pine beams.  We clean, de-nailed, saw, kiln dry and then mill them into the beautiful heartpine flooring that will be used throughout the building.  Goodwin is proud to partner with Master Care Flooring in Baltimore, MD on this exciting adaptive reuse project.

Enjoy!

Video Re-Cap of IBS

We had a blast last week at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida.  We were proud to have the opportunity to exhibit alongside so many esteemed companies and enjoyed demonstrating how antique wood is being incorporated in contemporary design.

We also ran into a few of our good friends, including Matt Marwick of Precision Floorcrafters, the team from WOCA USA and Norm Abram from This Old House and New Yankee Workshop.

Goodwin’s Marketing Manager, Jeffrey Forbes, produced this video re-cap.  Enjoy!

Antique Wood Feature Walls and Ceilings

An Easy to Install Upgrade to Any Home or Office

The popularity of wood feature walls in contemporary design continues to grow.    Because of the endless possibilities, building design professionals and homeowners  are installing River-Recovered® Heart Cypress feature walls and ceilings to add value, beauty and interest to both residential and commercial spaces.

River-Recovered Heart Cypress is a unique and dynamic material that brings any space to life.  Coupled with its rich history, heart cypress is perfect for any home or office and is becoming increasingly popular in high traffic commercial spaces.  Its ease of installation and maintenance is especially attractive to both homeowners and building design professionals alike.  This video illustrates how to install a heart cypress feature wall:

Wood feature walls and ceilings are pre-finished with proprietary finishes formulated specifically for Goodwin.  These finishes are designed to work well with resinous wood and enhance durability while bringing out the rich colors of the cypress.

Goodwin has provided antique wood feature walls and ceilings in both heart cypress and heart pine for a considerable number of projects, including:

If you are looking for stylish, easy to install upgrade to your home or office, give us a call.  We can help you design a wood feature wall and/or wood ceiling that will make you the trendiest home or office on the block!

Featured Wood: River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character

Add a Little Character to Your Home or Office in 2018

Have you seen our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character feature walls?  They are a hot seller and are absolutely stunning.  In fact, heart cypress character’s unique fine grain, arching grain patterns and vertical pinstripes makes it a popular species for feature walls, paneling, ceilings, trim and anywhere else you want to add subtle beauty.

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress is also a conversation piece, as it is one of only a few remaining prehistoric species available. Character grade offers more natural characteristics and even some unique features such as face checks, cracks and a few loose knots.

Our clients love its colors, which range from warm honey to cinnamon tan and light chocolate tones.  If you want more consistent color, it can be stained. And, with 99.9% heart content, how can you go wrong?

Treat yourself to some River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character in the upcoming year.  Our friendly experts are here to help!

Trending Wood Feature Walls

Historic Renovation Project – West Tampa Library

The West Tampa Library – part of the West Tampa National Historic District – is designated as a City of Tampa Historic Structure. Constructed in 1913, it is one of only ten public libraries in Florida funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.  It features Neo-Classical Revival architectural style, which was very popular during that time.

In an effort to make the library more accessible to everyone, an additional 5,000 square feet was added in 2004.  This expansion also provided space for more library materials and computers, and included a meeting room for the public. Prominent cigar factory owner Angel Cuesta donated land to the library for the expansion.

Goodwin Company was proud to be part of the latest renovation in 2017. The floor of the original building was heart pine. We supplied our River-Recovered® Heart Pine Select Clear wood flooring to ensure it was restored to its original specifications:

Photos by Native House Photography.

This beautiful heart pine floor was pre-finished by Heritage Wood Finish Company using an oil finish with additional protection. JVA Construction was contractor on this historic renovation project. The space serves as a community meeting room and is open to the public.

Sprucing Up Your Wood Floors After the Holidays

You’ve entertained, cooked and hosted dinners and parties. Once you take time to breathe, let us show you how easy your wood floors are to clean. You will find that regular cleaning and maintenance with rejuvenators and buffing every few years does wonders for even the best maintained floors. And, there is no better time to do this than after the holidays. Keeping your durable antique wood floor looking optimal for welcomed visitors takes a few easy, but necessary steps.

  • First, vacuum all the loose dirt using a soft bristle head. Spot clean by hand with WOCA Natural Soap Spray, the recommended cleaner for all of Goodwin’s factory finishes, or other mild wood floor cleaners from reputable manufacturers to get up tough spots. Avoid using solutions that must be combined with water and avoid harsh cleaners on your floor.
  • Next, use a quality cotton yarn twist mop with a little ‘soft’ water to clean any remaining dirt off the surface. You need two buckets to properly clean the floor: one containing the Natural Soap solution or other mild cleaner and a second bucket with pure water to rinse the mop. Change the water in the second bucket as needed to avoid a grayish gleam caused by dirty water. Wring out the mop vigorously. Mop in the direction of the grain. If you see water on your floor, your mop is probably too wet.
  • Third, if you need further cleaning, use Natural Soap Spray or another quality hardwood floor cleaner. We spray ours onto a section of the floor at a time to avoid excess moisture from too much cleaner. On a flat mop head, use multiple terry cloth covers that can be reversed to collect more dirt and then later machine washed.
  • Last, you may want to consider a quality maintenance refresher on occasion between cleanings. The WOCA Refresher can be mopped like the Natural Soap whereas some other products require applying and then using an orbital buffer. Different products have different set times so follow the manufacturer’s directions closely.

Remember, your friends at Goodwin are always available to answer any questions. Just give us a call

Join us at IBS!

IBS 2018National Homebuilders Association International Builders Show
January 9th – 11th, 2018
Orange County Convention Center

Please enjoy a free expo pass on us!  All you need to do is register by clicking the link below:

Register here

Please come by and say “Hi”.  We’ll be at booth #S1449.

Come see how our fine antique wood seamlessly blends with the latest styles and designs, adding depth and warmth to any modern setting. We’re ushering in 2018 with install ready products featuring custom colors, textures and environmentally friendly finishes formulated exclusively for Goodwin.

While at IBS, be sure to check out the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University / Daytona State College Solar BEACH (Building Efficient, Affordable, and Comfortable Homes) House which will be on display at the show.  Goodwin proudly donated our River-Recovered® Heart Pine and Heart Cypress to the project.
Project photos

Antique Heart Pine and Heart Cypress – New is Not a Suitable Substitute

Historic preservation projects have a special place in the history and heart of our business.
Goodwin provides custom milled River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood flooring, paneling and other products, guaranteeing accuracy and authenticity when replacing “like for like” historic building materials.

River-Recovered heart pine and heart cypress are the same aged virgin growth species that were harvested from the colonial period in American history up until World War II. Therefore, River-Recovered heart pine and heart cypress offers the perfect fix when replacing damaged material in historical buildings that were constructed during that period. Legacy – or building reclaimed heart pine – has the unmistakable patina of the past because it once graced older buildings, thus has been air dried for 120 years or more.

There is no substituting new growth for old growth, which is why the best preservationist architects only specify quality old growth materials. While the species may be the same, the properties of long lived old growth wood are vastly different from quickly grown and freshly harvested modern trees. Density, growth rings, frequency of knots, greater amounts of olio resin in virgin heart pine and greater amounts of wood preserving cypresene oil in virgin heart cypress are just a few of the pronounced qualities distinguishing old growth heart pine and heart cypress from new.

Below are a few of our favorite historic preservation projects. Enjoy!

Charnley-Norwood House
Designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1890, this historical restoration called for curly heart pine as well as Legacy vertical clear heart pine.


Firestone Building
The restoration of this 1927 building involved 1600sf of River-Recovered® and building reclaimed heart pine solid tongue and groove flooring. It was recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as an Adaptive Reuse Honorable Mention in May of 2015.


Old Gainesville Train Depot
Antique building reclaimed legacy heart pine flooring and paneling breathed new life in this historic train depot, which is now home to a Pop-a-Top.


Matheson History Museum Library and Archives
This historic building was originally built for the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle. Today, it has been restored to house the Matheson Museum Library and Archives, boasting a gorgeous old Florida heart pine floor.

Reclaimed Wood Stairs, Stair Parts, Treads and Moldings

The Sustainable Design Choice

Architects and designers often specify Goodwin’s River-Recovered® and reclaimed antique wood in their sustainable designs.  While reclaimed wood flooring, wood feature walls and wood ceilings and paneling are most popular, Goodwin’s antique wood is also often handcrafted into beautiful reclaimed wood stairs, stair parts, treads and moldings.  Take a look at just a few applications where River-Recovered and reclaimed heart pine has been used:

Private Residence

Legacy Select, building reclaimed heart pine treads

Seachasers Restaurant, Jacksonville, Florida

River-Recovered heart pine treads

Legacy Vertical, building reclaimed heart pine treads

University of Florida (UF) Dasburg House – Home of the President of UF

River-Recovered heart pine treads

Private Residence with Christmas garland décor