A Breathtaking Display of Goodwin’s Various Wood Species

We are honored that Kimal Lumber on Fruitville Road in Sarasota, Florida chose to use Goodwin wood for their showroom office remodel. The owner, Al Bavry, is a wonderful person and a very knowledgeable professional. We certainly appreciated the opportunity to work with him!

The job turned out so well, Kimal is also using the office as a Goodwin display. The area features selections of most all of the wood Goodwin offers, including engineered, curly, log rounds, cypress paneling, and pecky.

We encourage you to stop by and visit the Kimal Sarasota location. A talented employee by the name of Rob has even handcrafted a number of wall hangings and art using the cutoffs. In fact, they will be celebrating their one-year anniversary on Saturday, February 27th with a customer appreciation day. Jeffrey Forbes and I will be there representing Goodwin with a booth and display. We would love to see you!

For more information, visit: http://kimallumber.com/locations/sarasota-east/

 

Historic Service Station Transformed by Renovation

Antique Reclaimed Wood Serves as Centerpiece of Firestone Office Building’s New Look

(Circa 1929)

(Gainesville, FL) – Great architecture stands forever, which is why Phoebe Cade Miles (daughter of the late Dr. James Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade) and her husband Richard – owners of the old Firestone building in Gainesville, Florida – chose to install antique River-Recovered® and Legacy Heartpine flooring during their recent renovation. The building, which also houses University of Florida’s Gator Lab and Starter Space, features 4,000 sq. ft. of office space (two stories), a reception area, inside second floor balcony and a completely renovated and remodeled interior. The building itself was constructed using Campville Brick, another material with a unique story and history.

The hallmark of the newly remodeled space is the River-Recovered® and reclaimed Legacy Vertical Heartpine provided by Goodwin Company, which surrounds a rectangle of brilliantly positioned reclaimed pine from the original building and an inlay of a fan medallion in the center. Boston native Rudy Dittmar performed the installation.

“We could not have created this incredible space without the help of Goodwin Company,” explains Miles. “They provided the antique heartpine flooring we needed to complement the original flooring. We were able to save some of the original flooring and with their help, were able to create an amazing design that worked both old and new into a work of beauty.”

“Restoring and renovating historic spaces is one of our passions,” says Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “Words cannot describe the feeling of witnessing your product breathe new life into a building with such deep roots and history. Antique wood is really the only option when you want to preserve the rich history and appeal.”

 

Photo Credit: Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group

About Goodwin Company

Founded in 1976, Goodwin Company is the building design industry’s trusted partner and preferred resource for fine antique reclaimed and River-Recovered® wood flooring. Esteemed architects, designers and builders specify Goodwin’s products for use in luxury residential homes, historical renovations and commercial projects including corporate office buildings, universities, libraries and high-end retail establishments.  Prominent work includes: This Old House corporate offices, private residences of Bob Villa, Paul McCartney, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ted Turner, Weyland Art Gallery, Brownwood at The Villages, the Charnley-Norwood House and the Texas Governor’s Mansion.  For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.

How to Remove a Wax Finish and Recoat with Water-Based Poly

It’s always heartwarming to be able to help a client who purchased a floor from us over 20 years ago. George and Cyndi Watkins wanted to take the wax finish off their River Recovered® Heart Pine floors, then stain and coat them with a water-based polyurethane. The Watkins are discerning clients who know what they […]

Installing Wood Floors – It’s Not an Expense, It’s an Investment!

We sometimes deal with potential customers who are debating between installing our wood flooring, or using an inferior product.  Sometimes the cost of our flooring is a bit higher than other options.  However, the durability, longevity, and alluring beauty of our woods cannot be ignored.  And, with proper upkeep (which amounts to regular sweeping and […]

Goodwin Company Featured on ABC “Made in America” Series

Special thank you to Emily Burris and the ABC TV 20 (WCJB) team for featuring Goodwin Company for their “Made in America” series. Check it out:

The Menil Collection

You can find Goodwin wood everywhere!  The 2013 National AIA (American Institute of Architects) Twenty-five Year Award winner is the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas.  Goodwin was proud to provide over 36,000 LF of Vertical Clear Heart Cypress to replace the deteriorating second-growth originally used in the structure.  Jim McReynolds of McReynolds Architects of Houston […]

Aren’t Wood Floors Difficult to Clean?

One of the many myths about wood floors is that they are difficult to clean and maintain. That may have been true long ago, but now, with the high quality finishes available, wood floor upkeep is quite simple. In fact, it is no more laborious than cleaning any other type of flooring surface. Many people […]

Taking the Stress Out of Distressed Flooring

Pros and Cons of Choosing This Rustic Option

Goodwin receives numerous requests for distressed flooring. We achieve this more “rustic” look by using various staining, scraping and contouring techniques on our already beautifully aged antique woods.  Some companies scrape newer woods to achieve this look, but Goodwin guarantees all of our solid flooring is at least 200-500 years old.

Goodwin’s Chief Operating Officer, Andrew St. James, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a distressed wood floor:

Advantages:

  • A well-made, precisely handcrafted distressed wood floor adds ambiance to any room of the house.
  • Distressed products are handcrafted to achieve a variety of interesting looks.
  • A lower grade of wood can be used, translating to some cost savings.
  • Genuine antique products (such as the wood used in Goodwin’s distressed flooring) possess a quality that is just not obtainable with newer wood products.

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Acclimation Anxiety!

We are often posed with the question of how certain woods will adapt to a particular environment.  Climate change can present a challenge; however, a qualified installer will have no problem ensuring proper acclimation.  Our COO, Andrew St. James, Ph.D, is happy to explain:

“In the past, various time schedules have been the accepted standard for acclimation.  This included acclimation time onsite, and, at one point, there was even a specification for a certain amount of time in the general geographic area prior to installation.

Current best practice is to ensure the installation site, including subfloor, is at the correct moisture condition prior to your flooring delivery. Once you receive your flooring, measure several representative pieces of wood.  Proceed only when the wood has reached a moisture content near that which it will have during service.”

Are you an installer who would like to learn more about acclimation?  Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to discuss this with you further.  We also plan to offer National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) installation classes and a NWFA finish certifier test this year. We would love for you to become one of our esteemed installation professionals!