Health Benefits of Goodwin Wood Flooring

While flooring seems an unlikely source of adverse health effects it’s important to consider your well-being when looking for new flooring. Carpeting, tile, and even laminate can be unsanitary and tough on those allergic to dust, dandruff, or pollen. We’re proud to say that Goodwin offers the healthiest flooring options on the market, even when compared to other wood flooring.

Sanitary and Hypo-Allergenic

Wood flooring in general is the most sanitary and hypo-allergenic flooring option on the market. Wood has no grout lines or loose fibers that can accumulate or hide allergens, bacteria, and dirt. Tile grout and carpet can amass these substances even after vacuuming and shampooing. Additionally, regular cleaning deteriorates carpet faster, and the carpeting will eventually need replacing. Regular gentle cleaning doesn’t harm wood surfaces, which can survive for centuries and increase a home’s resale value when properly cared for.

Increases Air Quality

Wood flooring increases air quality not only with the elimination of allergens, but by lowering carbon emissions. Living trees intake carbon and release oxygen during their normal processes. Wood is so good at filtering carbon that wood products will continue to intake and store carbon over its usable lifetime, even after being milled and finished.

Low VOC Finishes

Goodwin specifies using low-to- zero VOC finishes. VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are gases emitted by certain paints, waxes, flooring finishes, and other such products for a period of time after they are applied. VOCs are known to cause all kinds of short-term and long-term health effects.

No Formaldehyde

Goodwin wood never contains formaldehyde. Cheaper engineered flooring may contain formaldehyde, even if they claim not to. Formaldehyde is often found in glues used in the creation of laminate and engineered flooring.

Natural Product

A classic look that never falls out of fashion, wood flooring matches every type of décor and can withstand changing trends and personal preferences. However, the physical appearance of wood is not purely cosmetic. As a natural product, wood brings the properties of nature to even the most concrete-filled environments. The health benefits of natural environments have long been studied, and research has shown that including wood products such as wood floors in the home can lower overall stress levels and lead to improved mental and physical health.

Here at Goodwin, we believe that flooring should always be beneficial to your well-being. If you’re looking for a healthier flooring option, visit us at heartpine.com or give us a call at 800-336-3118.

Have you experienced any health benefits since installing your Goodwin floor?  If so, we would love to hear about it.  Drop us an e-mail and tell us about it!

True Character Shines in This Gorgeous LEGACY Heart Pine

This is one of our favorite projects that really showcases our LEGACY Character Heart Pine. The homeowners near Orlando, Florida ordered 1536sf of 3-1/4″ LEGACY Character Heart Pine for their new retreat home. They also wanted two sets of stair treads, one going up to the landing and another leading upstairs.

LEGACY Character Heart Pine is the most rustic flooring that Goodwin mills. Quality installers know there will be some nail holes, slight cracks and checks that will need to be filled and dressed. These features not only give this gorgeous building reclaimed wood “Character”, but they speak volumes about its history and previous life as a structural beam in a 19th century industrial building.

The floor and stair treads were sanded and finished on site by Ric Scovil of Ability Wood Flooring in Orlando, Florida.

Special thank you to the gracious homeowners who said this about their new LEGACY Character Heart Pine flooring and stairs:

“Just a word of praise for your product. We selected LEGACY Character flooring for our new home. We moved into our new home August 2018. The warmth and richness of our flooring adds greatly to the craftsman feel of our Florida home. You are truly an artist with rare wood. Our floors were installed and finished by Ability Floors in Orlando who brought out the best in your wonderful product.” – Larry Cappleman

Photos by Beth M. Green Photography

Legacy ™ Vertical Heart Pine – A Coastal Appeal

Take a look at this gorgeous Legacy™ Vertical Heart Pine floor installed in a home in a Beaufort, South Carolina island community.

Goodwin provided 1900sq.ft. if 3 ¼” solid Legacy Vertical Heart Pine flooring and stair treads for this residential remodeling project.

Special thank you to the homeowner for your very kind words!

“Goodwin Heart Pine treated me extremely well. They educated me on all of the various grades and types of flooring as I changed my mind numerous times about what would be best in my house. Because of their professionalism and patience, I was able to get the flooring and look that I had imagined. I looked at a lot of suppliers, and there is no doubt Goodwin came out on top. I could not be happier with the service, pricing, and follow up.”

Luxury Condos in America’s Oldest City Feature Antique River-Recovered® Heart Pine and Longleaf Throughout

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.

Wow! This Antique Wood Kitchen Flooring is as Unique as it is Gorgeous

Check out this gorgeous antique wood kitchen floor handcrafted from 12” end grain antique heart pine.  Goodwin milled this unique wood kitchen flooring to have more of a “tile” look. It was installed twelve years ago by our good friends at Absolute Hardwood Floors in a lovely historic home in Palm Beach, Florida.  You can see all the elegance and detail, including the growth rings.  This beauty certainly is a one of a kind!

Goodwin values our long-term partnerships with esteemed companies such as Absolute.  We are currently milling an antique heart pine floor for them to install into another home in beautiful Palm Beach, Florida. And, yes, antique wood is perfect for beach homes.  Goodwin’s proprietary Diamond finish will not only protect it, but will keep it looking fresh for years to come.

Since antique wood is trending in contemporary design, now is the time to consider giving your beach home a new look.  Contact us today for a complimentary customized consultation with one of our antique wood flooring experts.

 

Wow! This Antique Wood Kitchen Flooring is as Unique as it is Gorgeous

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Floors Blend Perfectly with Contemporary Accents

We are proud to show off the beautiful kitchen in the home of our good friend and client, Maureen Stafford.  Maureen is a preservationist and past president of the Old Northeast Neighborhood Association in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Goodwin milled 1020 square feet of Legacy building reclaimed heart pine select and vertical flooring to help with her restoration project.

We absolutely adore her gorgeous reclaimed wood kitchen floors.  Just look at how the antique wood perfectly blends with the contemporary countertops, appliances and accents:

People often ask if antique wood is suitable for kitchens and the answer is, “YES!” In fact, most people who install reclaimed wood kitchen floors say they will never go back to having any other type of flooring in their kitchen, period. Goodwin’s new proprietary finishes formulated exclusively for resinous reclaimed and River-Recovered® antique wood are perfect for wood floors in your kitchen. The Diamond finish is second in hardness only to diamonds, making it suitable for high traffic areas, kids and pets. Oh, and all of our finishes are environmentally friendly, too.

Interested in learning more about how reclaimed wood kitchen floors can breathe new life into your home? Give us a call, we are here to help!

If You Guessed Bok Tower Gardens, You Were Correct!

Remember when we asked you to guess what our latest “gentle giant” was being transformed into? Hint: “her new home will be at a National Historic Landmark”.

If you guessed Bok Tower Gardens, you were correct!

Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida announced its expansion plans last year. Today, construction is in full force! Goodwin is proud to be providing headers, window sills, trim and siding for the new children’s interpretive center and outdoor demonstration kitchen. Our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress is the perfect complement to the rich culture and history of Bok Tower Gardens.

Goodwin is in the process of milling cypress for the project. Enjoy this video which offers a special inside look at the process:

And, check out these photos of the first run of siding as the transformation continues:

 

Read more about the expansion: http://boktowergardens.org/blog/gardens-announces-expansion-plans-on-85th-anniversary/

Take a Look at this Beautiful Heart Cypress

This River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Select trim is being milled and packaged for a new children’s interpretive center and outdoor demonstration kitchen at Bok Tower Gardens. Goodwin is providing siding and trim for both buildings, which were designed by Lake/Flato Architects. Henkelman Construction of Lakeland is the contractor.

Stay tuned…we will post more photos as this exciting project progresses!

 

Congratulations Jeffrey and Megan!

Last weekend, our Marketing Coordinator Jeffrey and his lovely wife Megan celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary in Cedar Key, Florida. While there, they visited the St. Clair Whitman House at the Cedar Key State Museum. Although Jeffrey was away on pleasure, he could not resist taking these photographs of Goodwin’s wood in the home:

Last year, Dale Kendrick with the Florida Park Service repaired several sections of flooring in the St. Clair Whitman House using Goodwin’s LEGACY heart pine. Jeffrey’s photos not only show the contrast of the new wood to old, but also illustrate how well the material marries together as a whole. The wood is featured in the front entrance, kitchen and on some of the wainscot in the dining room.

If you are ever on Cedar Key, be sure to stop by and check it out!

Hmmm…. I am considering giving Jeffrey an afternoon off to take his wife to an early dinner and movie since he found a way to “work” on his anniversary weekend…

Congratulations, Jeffrey and Megan. And, thank you for the wonderful photographs!

Reclaimed Wood Furniture

Reclaimed wood furniture is growing in popularity, we have looked around and found some interesting items to share: DIY, upcycled or master craftsmen, take your choice! Master Craftsman The Crivelli Table dining table kitchen island 72″ x 24″ x 3… brandmojo interiors $1,175.00 USD

Why National Magazines Spotlight Micanopy

One magazine reports serious world news; the other features beautiful homes. Yet, both chose to spotlight a small Micanopy, Florida business in their current issues.

The rare heart pine of Goodwin Heart Pine Company is the cover story of the April issue of Fine Homebuilding, an upscale, glossy publication. At the other end of the spectrum, the wood and its romantic history hit page 50 in the May 30, 1994, issue of U.S. News and World Report.

There’s a good reason for all this interest … Goodwin Heart Pine is the only company in America, as far as they can tell, to retrieve from Southern riverbeds, wood that was cut down at least a hundred years ago by loggers. The wood is virtually extinct today because high demand for the hard heart pine in the 1800s and early 1900s caused loggers to clear-cut 500 acres throughout the South.

“The loggers would float the cut logs down river to the mills. Some of them would roll off the log raft and sink to the bottom,” said George Goodwin, president. “We put on wet suits and carefully retrieve these logs by hand because the wood is like new and is stunning when milled.”

It is not the first time this specialty company has garnered national attention. More than five million viewers watched Goodwin and his crew locate lost heart pine logs a couple of years ago when Norm Abrams spotlighted him on The New Yankee Workshop.

Goodwin Heart Pine can be found from Catalina Island to Martha’s Vineyard, and graces numerous homes and businesses, including the homes of several celebrities, such as the well-known TV acting couple featured in the current Fine Homebuilding. The couple, who asked to remain nameless, selected Goodwin Heart Pint for their kitchen cabinets.

“This wood is nothing like the yellow pine logged today,” Goodwin said. “Our logs, many of them 400 and 500 years old when they were cut down a century ago, are preserved by the cool river water and lack of oxygen. The heavy, dense heart remains in perfect condition, unspoiled by saws and nails.”

The changing ecological balance and clear-cutting of original growth forests have caused the Longleaf Pine, which Heart Pine comes from, to pass into extinction. It is available in limited quantities either by salvaging timbers from old buildings, cutting down the few trees left, or like the Goodwins do it … pulling them from riverbeds.