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.
Goodwin’s Marketing Manager, Jeffrey Forbes, produced this video re-cap. Enjoy!
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:
- Amalie Arena
- Baynes BBQ
- Bok Tower Gardens
- City Line Dallas
- CW Interiors
- Gainesville Train Depot/Pop-a-Top
- Naples Botanical Garden
- Otis Hawkins Center at the University of Florida
- Sea Scout Lodge
- Swamp Head Brewery
- Visit Tampa Bay
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!
River-Recovered® Heart Pine Character and Old Florida Breathe New Life into 1830s Era Pennsylvania Barn
The owner of an 1830s-era barn sent us photos of his remodel. Goodwin provided 2200sf of River-Recovered Heart Pine Character and Old Florida for this adaptive re-use project. We also milled the heart pine stair treads. Take a look:
We are experts in adaptive re-use. River-Recovered and reclaimed wood can help breathe new life into any historical building. Do you have an adaptive re-use project? If so, give us a call. We can help!
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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:
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
Most people have seen wild black cherry hardwood flooring at one time or another, but did you know that the species is perfect for wood feature walls and accents, too? Take a look at this beautiful office showroom for Avalon Park West community in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Our good friend Chris Webb at CWebb Designs in Tampa crafted the interior using Goodwin’s wild black cherry. JNT Interiors was the designer on the project.
Wild black cherry wood floors have a history of being especially popular because of the arching grain patterns and slight mineral coloring. These same unique features are also what makes is so desirable for wood feature walls, wood ceilings and accents. Goodwin sustainably harvests this species and mills it into our exclusive wild black cherry engineered flooring, solid flooring, wood feature walls and wood ceilings. Contact us today to find out how wild black cherry can add depth and warmth to your home or office!
Goodwin was honored to see photos highlighting the River-Recovered® Heart Cypress we supplied for the Lexus Lounge remodel at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida – home of the Tampa Bay Lightning – on the Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD) website.
Want to see more of the Lexus Lounge? Check out this video featuring Darryl Benge, EVP and General Manager of Amalie Arena, talking about the “lightning” design concept.
Goodwin rescues trees which have fallen during storms and/or are scheduled to be cut down due to development. We work closely with foresters and land planners to sustainably harvest this beautiful wood to ensure it is not doomed to waste. One of the species we rescue is wild black cherry.
Wild black cherry primarily grows in the eastern half of North America and Mexico. Goodwin mills sustainably harvested wild black cherry logs into our solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring. Some argue wild black cherry is more desirable than standard cherry because it often develops arching and/or burled grain patterns, along with slight mineral colors for added beauty. Wild black cherry’s natural coloration varies from deep pink to rich red brown tones.
This short but informative video shows Dan Petersen of Heritage Wood Finish Company pre-finishing a solid wild black cherry wood floor with a low sheen diamond 7 finish for one of our valued clients:
Our friends at The Sustainable Design Group in Gainesville, Florida are the architects for the remodeling of a home in Cedar Keys where the wild black cherry solid wood flooring you see in the video will be installed.
Interested in a wild black cherry solid wood floor or engineered wood floor? If so, please give us a shout so we can custom craft a sustainably harvested wood floor just for you.
Goodwin Company was proud to supply our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Character for a reception desk, kitchen and a number of gorgeous feature walls in the ultra-modern office space for Visit Tampa Bay. Located in one of the beautiful skyscrapers that adorn the Tampa, Florida skyline, Visit Tampa Bay is a premier promoter of “the hip, urban heart of the Gulf Coast of Florida.”
Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character adorns the walls and various areas throughout the office space and is also featured in the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center. The heart cypress paneling gives a nod to the 2000-year-old bald cypress trees that historically lined all of the bayous and sloughs around the bay. An added touch is the cigar boxes that are embedded in the various walls denoting Tampa’s (and Ybor City’s) rich history as the cigar capital of the world.
Check out these stunning photos by Native House Photography:
Goodwin produced 1600sf of 5-1/4″ River-Recovered Heart Cypress Character for this project. The wood was prefinished with oil by Heritage Wood Finish Company and installed by AWS Carpenter/ Contractors of Clearwater, Florida.
If you are in the Tampa area, be sure to stop by the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center. They have some great gifts and mementos of Tampa. The wonderful staff are also available to direct you to points of interest and help plan your stay. Oh, and while there, be sure to check out the heart cypress feature wall and let us know what you think!
Goodwin is fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with environmental foresters who manage longleaf pine plantations. When storms cause damage in the forests, Goodwin removes the threatened trees to help ensure the continued growth of the ecosystem. Goodwin then mills them into our beautiful Old Florida heartpine paneling and flooring.
Old Florida heartpine warms up contemporary spaces…
…and is perfect for historic renovations as well.
Let’s look at some key features of Goodwin’s high quality Old Florida heartpine:
- While more frequent knots than in original growth, these old growth trees provide a beautiful and durable floor.
- 95-100% heart
- SELECT grain, knots up to 2 or 3 inches.
- Four to eight growth rings on average.
Contact Goodwin to learn more about how we can help make sustainable design a reality in your home or office.
Goodwin Company was proud to welcome students from Will Zajac’s architectural design studio at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville. Goodwin’s marketing director and resident historian, Jeffrey Forbes, gave the group a behind the scenes tour of Goodwin’s lumber mill. Students learned about how River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood is sourced, processed and incorporated into sustainable design projects. Heart pine and heart cypress is not only ideal for traditional building, but these woods are trending in contemporary design. Reclaimed wood feature walls are becoming especially popular in office buildings, high rises and ultra-modern living spaces.
Enjoy the photos of the tour!
Goodwin is a proud sponsor / partner of Team Daytona Beach and their participation in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Team Daytona Beach, which includes faculty and students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Daytona State College, is embarking on a Solar BEACH (Building Efficient, Affordable, and Comfortable Homes) House project. The
BEACH House is designed for a small family to live sustainably without sacrificing comfort. Goodwin contributed 1000sf of random length heart pine shorts and a 6′-8″ River-Recovered® heart cypress slab to be used as a countertop.
Goodwin was approached by members of the Embry-Riddle and Daytona State College Solar Decathlon team to become sponsor of this project, which strives to promote environmentally responsible and sustainable building practices. Team Daytona Beach will build The BEACH House as an entry into the larger nationwide competition that features university teams from all over the country designing and building sustainable design projects. The 2017 Solar Decathlon Village will be open to the public in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, October 5th – Monday, October 9th and Thursday, October 12th – Sunday, October 15th.
Go Team Daytona Beach!
Learn more about the Solar BEACH House project:
Goodwin proudly partnered with Trimark Properties to mill 2000sf of wood for a feature wall they installed in the Nimbus building in downtown Gainesville. We also provided our reclaimed wood for the staircase, landing and treads.
We are excited to learn that Nimbus is one of the 2017 Florida AIA’s People’s Choice Award nominees. Click below to see photos and to vote for the Nimbus project until July 28th.
Special thank you to Jason Owen for this incredible testimonial. Goodwin approaches each and every project as a partnership. This longstanding philosophy is one of the many aspects that separates Goodwin from other antique and reclaimed wood companies. Thank you for the kind words, Jason!
It’s hard to believe we have been milling antique River-Recovered®, building reclaimed, and storm rescued trees for more than 40 years! Whether rescued, reclaimed or River-Recovered (i.e. sinker cypress, heart pine, etc.), we saw each log onsite. We then allow the boards to fry for a few weeks before sending them to the kiln. We kiln dry all of our wood to ensure our products are mold, insect, and moisture free. The kiln set at approximately 120 degrees Fahrenheit and reaches 140 degrees to guarantee the wood is dry and ready for life on land again.
Once the boards undergo their second level of grading, they are ready to mill into reclaimed wood flooring, paneling, or surfaced lumber. The grader always chooses the best face of the wood. As the board runs through the mill it can be given a tongue and groove, back relief, or simply be sawn S4S where the board is surfaced on four sides.
The accompanying video features antique heart pine being milled for installation in a Florida home circa 1900. The antique wood will be used as trim in the home as part of its historic restoration. As early as the 17th century, heart pine was used to construct many North American buildings, especially in the southeast, due to its abundance, beauty, and durability.
Manufacturing building materials from this historic wood is exciting as we see the rich grain of these sunken treasures come to life more and more every step of the way.
Antique heart pine’s selection for both historic projects and new construction designs speaks to the timelessness of the wood we work with here at Goodwin.
The Lakeview Condos in historic St. Augustine Florida date back to the late 1800s. The Lakeview building was constructed between 1885-1893 by the firm of McGuire and McDonald, famously known for constructing the Ponce De Leon Hotel. Both structures were built by Standard Oil tycoon, Henry Flagler; the Ponce as a luxury hotel and the Lakeview building as the male staff quarters for the hotel. Originally, the Lakeview building was referred to as the “Ponce De Leon barracks.”
Fast forward to 2004 when the building was purchased and developed into luxury condominiums. Lakeview sits on the edge of Lake Maria Sanchez in a prime area of town just blocks off the heart of the old city.
October 2016 brought powerful hurricane Matthew to the area, which flooded the historic district of America’s oldest city as it passed at high tide. Sadly, the Lakeview building took on five inches of water from Lake Sanchez. Goodwin worked closely with the owners association to replace the original heart pine flooring. Most units were restored using River-Recovered Heart Pine Character or Antique Longleaf pine. Much of the replacement heart pine was either 2-1/2″ or 3-1/4″. The 800-1000sf units are now light and airy living spaces with wonderful architectural transoms over the doors and arched passageway. Goodwin is always most pleased when we can be a part of historic restorations.
Goodwin Company would like to extend a special “thank you” to Peggy MacDonald, executive director of the Matheson History Museum. She authored a wonderful story in this past Sunday’s Gainesville Magazine about Gainesville, Florida’s historic preservation movement. She made note of Goodwin’s contributions of Old Florida longleaf heart pine flooring for the museum’s newly restored Library and Archives building; previously the Gainesville Gospel Tabernacle and Melting Pot Restaurant. She also mentioned the Firestone building, which received a 2015 Honorable Mention for Adaptive Reuse from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation (FTHP). We milled River-Recovered® and reclaimed Legacy Vertical Heart pine for that project as well.
This video shows Goodwin’s Naily heart pine being finished on site by our partner Heritage Wood Finish Company (HWFC). Goodwin has partnered with HWFC to develop proprietary, custom finishes specifically formulated for our resinous antique River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood. Goodwin now offers a variety of install ready products – including wide plank flooring, wood walls, wood ceilings and wood paneling – featuring custom colors, textures and environmentally friendly finishes:
- Zero to very low volatile compounds
- Second in hardness only to diamonds
- Customizable to fit your specific design needs
- Child, pet and environmentally friendly
Goodwin’s antique heart pine beams are recovered from 19th century industrial buildings where carpenters would choose the best face of the beam to nail to. This results in our beautiful naily faced floor grade we get to enjoy now, two centuries later.
Our finisher guides the milled flooring and wood paneling material onto the finishing machine. This is the final process in the manufacturing of our finished wood flooring and paneling for wood walls and ceilings. The grade in the video features rich red tones as a result of oxidation during its life in the industrial buildings. Splashes of yellow heart can be found throughout the grade as well. The black staining around the nail holes is also a result of oxidation. This chemical reaction occurs between the extractives in the antique wood and the iron nails that were used so many years ago resulting the rustic unique character that we see today.
This historic reclaimed wood can’t help but hint to its past even in modern spaces, like the window sills featured in Gainesville, Florida’s Swamphead Brewery. As you can see, introducing antique wood walls, wood paneling or wood flooring adds a warm, natural and relaxing feel to any room in your home or office. From sinker cypress wood walls, paneling and ceilings to heartpine flooring and accents, the use of River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood in contemporary design is on the rise as consumers seek unique and sustainable products to personalize their home and work spaces.