Almost every wood floor will change color throughout time due to exposure to direct or indirect sunlight. But what are the changes you should expect from your wood floors when they see the light of day? Our River-Recovered® Heart Pine wood will turn darker! Beautiful, intense deep tones start developing as wood floors age. Changes in the color of the floor occur more rapidly during the first weeks after installation. Floors will continue to change colors at a slower pace for several months to follow. Depending on how much sunlight the floors are exposed to will also depend on how much the colors will alter.
But not all wood will have as drastic color changes after installation. Depending on what type of wood is selected also depends on the appearance over time. For example, our River-Recovered® Heart Pine, rest in rivers for over a century. Since this wood has not yet seen the light of day, the color starts out much lighter and starts to develop after being freshly sawn. Light yellows transition to deep-orange/brown tones, especially with pine that is highly resinous. On the other hand, our Legacy collection of Heart Pine wood is reclaimed and has been utilized before. More times than not, this wood already shows noticeable color changes on many board faces, due to the exposure of sunlight previously endured. However, the color deepens to the same range in wood from reclaimed and virgin wood.
Furniture and rugs on freshly installed wood floors are naturally shielded from sun exposure. Ultimately, those areas will have a different intensity in color than the rest of the floor. If you decide to spruce up your area after time and change the layout of the room, it is essential to understand that the areas previously shielded from the sun will most likely be different tones than the areas exposed to sunlight.
Modern finishes can provide protection that allows your floor to maintain excellent condition for many years. Additionally, certain finishes are meant to block the effects of sunlight, slowing down the rate of color change. The type of finish ultimately chosen should be considered in the decision-making process to determine the final color of the floor. Our finishes we offer come in many colors, sheens, and tones, so you can achieve any look you desire with your wood floors. It is important to follow the finish manufacturer’s guidelines for use, care, and cleaning practices. Repairing and refinishing the floor when necessary is vital for the longevity of your floors. Proper maintenance and care will improve your floors for years to come.
You can read more here about natural color changes throughout time in wood floors:
“I am writing to offer my highest praise, and most profound gratitude to The Goodwin Company for their partnership on the creation of the floors of our new art museum. The beautiful floors of our 23,000 sq ft exhibition galleries were lovingly crafted of exquisite reclaimed heart pine, salvaged from the joists of the 1926 M. Leo Elliott designed former Sarasota High School.
As an art museum director and curator, meticulously designing every aspect of the gallery experience was paramount to the success of the project. After seeing the gorgeous raw lumber during the demo phase of the project, centuries-old, I became committed to repurposing this special wood—from an historic, aesthetic and environmental standpoint, this was unquestionably the right thing to do.
But it was not easy.
We were so fortunate to find our partners at The Goodwin Company to bring this ambitious project to fruition. The floors are beautiful in their own right, and they provide an elegant platform and framing device for the wide range of contemporary art we install there. They complement, but never compete with the art. We could not be more pleased with the results.
Goodwin understood the complexity involved in adaptive reuse, and the particular challenges involved in repurposing a 1920s era building into a high-performance building, with the necessary environmental conditions for an art museum, and the heavy foot traffic of a public space. During construction Goodwin brought the first technical director of the National Wood Floor Association to meet with the entire team and assist with the subfloor, sound attenuation and insulation requirements. Once the floor was installed, Goodwin brought the finish manufacturer’s team onsite to consult with the Museum’s curatorial and facilities team to ensure the long-term preservation of this fine art environment.
In addition to their consummate professionalism and technical expertise, the Goodwin team was a pure delight to work with, always going above and beyond to creatively problem-solve and to ensure the highest quality product possible.
If you are considering The Goodwin Company for your project, I would be delighted to share more about this journey, should you wish to discuss.
With best regards,
Anne-Marie Russell, Founding Executive Director, Sarasota Art Museum ”
For over four decades, Goodwin has connected with many highly respected wood flooring professionals.
The article below on wood floor cupping is written by longtime Goodwin friend and colleague Howard Brickman. Howard was the first ever Technical Director of the National Wood Floor Association and he has taught several wood floor inspection classes at Goodwin.
Recently, Howard traveled to Bermuda to install 10,000 square feet of our River Recovered® Antique Heart Pine Flooring. Quite impressive as Bermuda has a climate that requires considerable expertise to install wood flooring at the correct moisture content and conditions!
Our connections with wood flooring professionals help ensure that your project is completed as smoothly as possible. We can connect you with highly respected industry experts and communicate with them over the course of your project.
Stuck on a wood flooring project… or looking to get started… Call Goodwin at 800-336-3118.
Solid wood, engineered wood, vinyl, luxury vinyl, laminate, bamboo, tile, carpet…there are now more flooring choices than ever before. And, there seems to be new flooring companies popping up every day in an effort to get a piece of this global, billion dollar industry. Goodwin employs an eco-friendly process to manufacturing our flooring that is safe for your family and pets. Our process takes extra time and careful oversight, but in the end, the health and safety of our valued customers comes first. The health benefits of our flooring speaks for itself:
- Low to Zero VOC Finishes
- No Formaldehyde
- Genuine Product Handcrafted from Nature
For more than four decades, Goodwin Company has prided ourselves on providing the most beautiful and healthy wood flooring in the world….period. We never have and never will compromise on quality or stray away from our green and healthy manufacturing processes. If you are ready to give your home or office a new look in 2021, we can help. Give our antique wood specialists a call today!
Goodwin’s Legacy Heart Pine in particular is a popular species often specified for projects in coastal areas. This new “lodge-like” home on Florida’s East Coast was designed by Marcia Hendry of Urban Cracker Design. Goodwin provided 1800 square feet of 7″ Vintage Precision Engineered (PE) and Legacy Naily Heart Pine for the project. The Vintage PE was used for flooring, and the Naily Heart Pine for paneling and cabinetry. Take a look:
The rich color and character of Legacy Heart Pine complements the metal and brick to create a distinguished yet rugged appearance. White ceramic was used to lighten the space. The walnut countertops and monkey pod wood slab table were crafted by Dan Peterson of Heritage Wood Finishing Company.
Hendry stumbled upon Goodwin while she was searching for unusual wood species.
“[Everyone at Goodwin was] wonderful to work with and always supplied samples and superb knowledge. They’re awesome, and that’s an understatement! Local, been around for a long time, and know what they’re doing: that’s what I think separates Goodwin from the rest.”
Marcia Hendry, Urban Cracker Design
Photos courtesy of Kamaran Wilson
Goodwin Company Tapped to Transform Historic Wood Assets into
Modern Engineered Heart Pine Flooring
The new Sarasota Art Museum is a remarkable story of adaptive re-use and building material recycling. Housed in the old 1926 Sarasota High School building, it is a contemporary art museum in the Kunsthalle tradition and now a premier venue for revolving shows of contemporary art.
Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® heart pine and heart cypress, was recruited to participate in this adaptive re-use project by general contractor, Willis-Smith. The focus was to transform the second and third floors of the high school building by remodeling the boxy classroom space into two open concept exhibition halls.
All of the heart pine joists from each floor were removed and replaced with steel joists. The design team envisioned recycling the beams and turning them into finished wood flooring. Willis-Smith contacted Goodwin and the rest is history.
Goodwin Company cleaned the beams of all foreign objects, re-sawed the material into 1×6 lamellas and then milled it into 23,000 square feet of Precision Engineered heart pine flooring. What resulted was a magnificent story of adaptive re-use and building material recycling.
“Goodwin Company is often specified for adaptive re-use projects because of our dedication to ensuring each and every piece of antique wood is carefully cleaned, sawn, and milled to the highest standards,” explains Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “It was important to ensure this new modern space gave a nod to the heart pine that was so much a part of the building’s rich history.”
The old Sarasota High School is a three-story building designed by architect Leo Elliott in the neo-gothic tradition. Behind the Sarasota Art Museum sits the modern Sarasota High School designed in 1959 by architect Paul Rudolph. Architecturally, the two buildings stand in stark contrast to one another. Several years ago, the circa 1926 building came up for sale and was under the threat of demolition. Concerned parties influenced the Sarasota School Board to lease the building to the Ringling College of Art & Design to create the new Sarasota Art Museum.
Lawson Group Architects led the adaptive reuse of the buildings, and Terence Riley of Keenan/Riley is the design architect for the project. Sarasota Art Museum’s executive director, Anne-Marie Russell, played a significant design role as well.
Look for more photos of the complete project coming soon!
Hicks Koski Tower
Tom & Sherri Koski Gallery
Photography: Ryan Gamma
Artist: Sheila Hicks Questioning Column
Goodwin Precision Engineered Heart Pine
Today’s flooring market is flooded with inferior products that simply do not withstand pets, children or heavy foot traffic. When you choose Goodwin, you can take comfort in knowing that our high quality products are not only manufactured to last your lifetime, but for generations to come.
Goodwin custom milled wood for this residence more than 21 years ago and it’s arguably even more gorgeous today than when it was first installed! Goodwin provided 4000sqft of River-Recovered® heart pine and heart cypress and sustainable wild black cherry tongue and groove for this home.
- A focal point is the feature wall and attached mantel crafted from River-Recovered heart cypress.
- River-Recovered heart pine was used for flooring, custom railings, stair treads, Newell posts and trims.
- The columns are re-sawn virgin cypress columns harvested from a church in Georgia.
- Sustainable wild black cherry was installed in the bedrooms.
- A gorgeous bed frame constructed from sustainably harvested wild black cherry can be found in the master bedroom.
All of the wood was finished with a poly finish. Since installation, the color has deepened with age. Heart pine is especially photo-reactive, revealing a gorgeous red patina when exposed to light over time.
The wood has not been touched up since it was installed 21 years ago. It has endured three generations’ worth of foot traffic, including children and dogs, and is still in pristine condition. If needed, heart pine can be sanded and refinished multiple times, lasting centuries with proper care.
Many historic homes were constructed using original virgin growth pine flooring. Goodwin works with both homeowners and building design professionals to custom mill River-Recovered® and reclaimed heart pine floor parts to replace damaged areas. This allows the homeowner to keep as much of the original historic floor as possible and while still maintaining the status […]
The sweet smell of pies baking in the oven. Homemade soup slowly simmering on the stove. Tantalizing aromas in warm surroundings. The kitchen is the cornerstone of every home.
Goodwin’s antique heart pine and heart cypress give the kitchen space a warm, inviting glow without compromising contemporary styles. Goodwin’s wood has been specified for many kitchen floors, counters, islands, and dining rooms. Each blend seamlessly with all styles of cabinets and accents.
We are often asked if antique wood is suitable for kitchens, and the answer is “YES!” In fact, many people who install antique wood in their kitchen say they will never go back to any other type of flooring, period.
We understand the apprehension you may have about installing wood flooring in your kitchen, but cleaning is easy if performed on a regular basis.
Here are some tips for taking care of your heart pine kitchen floor:
- Clean spills right away
- Sweep often to rid the floor of stray crumbs
- Consider a hard finish to preserve the floor from higher traffic. Goodwin’s environmentally-friendly finishes formulated exclusively for resinous reclaimed and River-Recovered® antique wood are perfect for wood floors in your kitchen. Their unique hardness makes flooring suitable for high traffic areas, kids and pets.
Take a look at some of our favorite kitchen projects:
Children’s book author, poet and songwriter Shel Silverstein lived in Key West for many years. While he passed away in 1999, his legacy lives on through some of his most popular works including Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic and The Giving Tree.
In 2017, Hurricane Irma blew over two trees in the front of the home that Silverstein lived in for years. They crushed the front of the house and the home was condemned.
The current owners engaged Scott Hutton of Kanga Construction to completely demolish the home and then rebuild an exact replica. Goodwin milled 1800sf of building reclaimed Legacy Heart Pine Vertical 3-1/4″ flooring for the restoration of the home. We also produced the stair treads. Take a look:
We will be posting more photos of this exciting project as we receive them. In the meantime, enjoy this very well-articulated story of how this re-build transpired:
Chinsegut Hill is a historic home constructed entirely out of old growth longleaf pine. The longleaf harvested for the construction likely came from the property it was built on. The entire floor on the ground level needed to be replaced and the Friends of Chinsegut Hill turned to Goodwin to provide replacement flooring. Goodwin milled nearly 2000sf of 3-1/4″ building reclaimed Legacy Vertical Heart Pine for the project.
The original Chinsegut Hill home was built in 1847 by Bird Pearson. By 1852 he had sold the plantation to the Edgerton Family who built the first center section of the home we know today. Chinsegut sits upon what is reported to be the second highest point of land on the peninsula of Florida behind Iron Mountain, home of Bok Tower. Its history is interesting and extensive.
Interestingly, the Legacy Vertical Heart Pine beams that were reclaimed and resawn to mill the floor came from the demolition of the Avondale Mill in Sylacauga, Alabama. The Avondale Mill was a textile manufacturing facility that operated from the 1890s until the 1980s. In 2011, the massive structure was hit by lightning and burned. As the wings of the building were dismantled, Goodwin purchased the structural heart pine members from the site for re-purposing into flooring.
The floors were installed but never sanded and finished. The Friends of Chinsegut Hill operated the site as a wedding retreat and conference facility but have since ceased operations. Today, the site is being managed by the Tampa Bay History Center and is expected to open to the public for tours by late spring 2020.
Our Marketing Coordinator Jeffrey Forbes recently visited Chinsegut Hill and took photos of the home as it stands now. We hope to get additional photos once the floor is sanded and finished and Chinsegut Hill is opened to the public.
Heartpine is not only gorgeous, but it makes a house feel like a home. Two of our favorite residential projects incorporated heartpine flooring as part of a renovation.
The first is a home in Winter Garden, Florida. The homeowners renovated their home and offered these kind words about their new Legacy Character Heartpine flooring:
“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.”
This short video offers a closer look:
Next, take a look at the gorgeous River-Recovered® Heartpine Character and Antique Longleaf Heartpine that was used to replace flooring that was damaged during flooding that occurred as a result of Hurricane Matthew.
These beautiful and historic condos took on five inches of water from nearby Lake Sanchez. Goodwin was able to provide material to replace the original heartpine flooring. The building dates back to the late 1800s and was originally referred to as the “Ponce de Leon Barracks”. The structure was converted into luxury condominiums in 2004.
Would you like to restore an old floor? Or, are you considering incorporating wood flooring into your home? If so, heartpine is a beautiful option to consider. Give your friends at Goodwin a call today!
This 1830s era Pennsylvania barn remodel continues to be one of our favorite adaptive re-use projects. We milled more than 2200sf of River-Recovered® Heart Pine Character and Old Florida for the flooring, ceilings and stair treads. This gorgeous project earned much accolades and was even featured in County Lines Magazine.
Do you own a residential or commercial historic building? Or, are you a building design professional that works on these types of projects? If so, give us a call to learn more about how adaptive re-use can revive and breathe new life into an old building.
Please enjoy this short video:
Precision Engineered wood flooring is crafted from the same wood used in our solid wood flooring options. Take a look at this familiar residential project that incorporates Goodwin’s Vintage Heart Pine Precision Engineered wood flooring throughout the home:
The original flooring was white tile. The homeowners wanted to update their home with a timeless look. Since the classic look of antique wood never goes out of style, Goodwin crafted the Vintage Heart Pine Precision Engineered wood flooring you see throughout this home from reclaimed heartpine beams.
Precision Engineered wood flooring is an attractive option because it is often more affordable than solid wood flooring and can be easily glued directly on to a concrete slab. While most engineered products cannot be sanded and refinished, Goodwin’s Precision Engineered wood flooring features a thick 4mm wear layer, allowing it to be refinished multiple times.
Would you like to learn more about how Goodwin’s Precision Engineered wood flooring can transform your home or office? If so, give our antique wood specialists a call today.
When should you select flooring for your new custom home? Ideally, this process will begin while your architect is designing your home. Too often, people wait until their home is under construction to begin seriously considering flooring options. This can lead to significant pitfalls. Below is a summary of the main reasons why wood flooring should be specified during the design process.
Flooring Affects Numerous Aspects of the Home
Certain aspects of a home are affected by the type and height of the proposed flooring. For instance, the baseboards for solid wood flooring need to be set differently than baseboards for an engineered product. Subfloor is also a consideration. Whether your home will be slab-on-grade and/or over a joist system defines whether you should use solid plank or engineered flooring. Knowing the exact flooring you plan to incorporate into your new home will help ensure various aspects of the construction process are smooth and seamless.
Lead Time for Production
Depending on the type of wood flooring you are considering the production lead time could be a major factor. It takes much more time to manufacture wood flooring from newly recovered logs than it does to custom craft a floor from on-hand inventory.
Wood flooring should not be installed immediately upon delivery as it needs to be properly acclimated before installation. Certain factors such as humidity, subflooring and change of season can affect acclimation time. You want to make sure your flooring is delivered to your home site in time for it to be properly acclimated to the room(s) where it will be installed.
If you are working with a building design professional to develop plans for a new custom home, be sure to connect with us during this process. Our wood flooring specialists will work alongside you and your design team to help select the best wood flooring to meet your needs. We’re here to help!
We are excited to be part of another historical restoration project. This time, it’s the repair and restoration of a 1916 farmhouse at the Edson Keith Estate in Sarasota, Florida. We custom milled a 2-9/16″ River-Recovered® Heart Pine Select and Vertical antique wood floor to match the original.
The farmhouse was originally built to serve as a center of operations during the construction of a large estate mansion. The Italian Renaissance estate home was built in 1916 as a year round working farm. Today, the estate is part of the Phillippi Estate Park. It is used for daily tours and can be booked for special events.
Goodwin partnered with Greg Best, Compliance Maintenance Specialist for Sarasota County, and installer Mick Behr of the Behr Snyder Group on this historic restoration project.
Floor Under Construction
Look for a follow-up feature with final project photos coming soon!
Sam Carroll Construction in Savannah, Georgia utilized Goodwin’s Antique Legacy™ Heart Pine to custom craft new flooring and a unique set of stairs for the The Vernon River Estate. The project was part of a full interior and exterior renovation. Take a look:
Goodwin provided 4″x11″x4′ LEGACY grade solid stair treads which were stained and routed on-site for LED light strips. We also provided LEGACY ship lap siding for the exterior of the staircases:
The new stairs perfectly complement the 2810sf of 3-1/4″, 5-1/4″ & 9″ tongue and groove LEGACY flooring.
Antique Legacy is popular in both traditional and modern designs. Give us a call to learn more about our beautiful Antique Legacy products.
The Opus Coffee House #7 – located in the Gainesville, Florida Innovation Square district near the University of Florida – has a new look just in time for the start of the school year. Students and patrons of Opus Coffee House #7 can now enjoy their java in a warm, relaxing atmosphere adorned with beautiful antique longleaf heartpine.
The project designer, Nancey Jones of LEVEL Architecture + Interiors, specified Goodwin’s antique longleaf heartpine for a gorgeous feature wall and bar front. The bar front is blue sap stain and then hand-stained mocha brown by Heritage Wood Finish Company. Both perfectly complement the subtle polished concrete floors.
Nancey Jones was kind enough to provide us with the renderings and photos of the project which allows us to showcase the remodel from start to finish. Take a look:
Professional renderings of the proposed space:
The finished product:
Want to learn more about how antique longleaf can transform any space in your home or office? If so, give Goodwin’s antique wood experts a call today!