Antique Heart Pine to the Rescue!

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 of “100% virgin growth pine” flooring.

Our good friend Bill Conway in Potomac, Maryland needed to repair some parts of his pine flooring due to termite damage. We milled 2-1/4″ River-Recovered® vertical heart pine to replace the bad sections of floor. Conway also built a trapdoor using River-Recovered heart pine vertical to access the space beneath his house.

Take a look:

Other projects we were proud to work on involved milling replacement heart pine for the historic St. Clair Whitman home in Cedar Key, Florida and Edson Keith Mansion in Sarasota, Florida. Pictures of the Edson Keith flooring were taken prior to sanding and finishing. Notice the difference in patina and the way the new floorboards match up with the old ones:

Antique River-Recovered and reclaimed heart pine feature the same tight graining and resinous heartwood as the original virgin growth heart pine flooring that was often used in the construction of historic buildings. The color of the wood will not immediately match, but exposure to light will darken the patina over time. Eventually, the woods become nearly indistinguishable.

Do you have a historic home or building that has virgin growth pine that needs replaced? If so, we can help.  Give us a call to learn more today!

Did You Say Kitchens?

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:

A New Chapter Begins Where the Sidewalk Ends…

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:

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The Timeless Beauty of Old Growth Longleaf

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 in the Home

Legacy Character Heartpine flooring

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!

Re-visiting an Old Favorite

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:

 

A Closer Look at Precision Engineered Wood Flooring

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.

I’m Building a New Custom Home. When Should I Select My Flooring?

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.

Acclimation

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!

Goodwin’s Passion for Historical Restoration

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 Supervisor for the City of Sarasota, 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!

Antique Legacy ™ Heart Pine Flooring & Stairs

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:

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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.

 

Heavy Roast and Heartpine

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:

Working hard!

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!

Antique Curly Heart Pine – The Rarest of Rare

Antique Curly Heart Pine is derived from antique River-Recovered® longleaf pine.  This elusive wood is so rare that it is typically found in only one out of every 400 or so logs we mill.  Curly Heart Pine is often a highly sought-after species for those with an artistic eye.  It features extremely curly burled grain, luminous vibrant color and appears both holographic and topographic when milled.

Antique Curly Heart Pine is often used for paneling, accents, cabinetry and projects that exemplify the highly desirable characteristics of this unique wood.  It is milled much slower than traditional antique Heart Pine to ensure the burled grain remains intact.

Sit back, relax and enjoy a front row seat as we carefully mill some of this rarest of rare antique wood.

Taking on a DIY Project? Let Goodwin Help!

Not all of our clients are building design professionals or installers.  We have several clients who take on do-it-yourself (DIY) projects such as installing antique wood flooring and feature walls.  The technical experts at Goodwin are always happy to provide guidance to our DIY clients.  Take a look at this gorgeous River-Recovered® Heart Pine Character flooring Mr. and Mrs. Nate Sutrick installed in their century old home in Milton, Florida:

According to the Sutrick’s, the home originally had a heart pine floor.  When they purchased it, the flooring consisted of plywood nailed to joists.  They searched the United States to find just the right flooring to install into their dream home.  They ended up sourcing their wood flooring from Goodwin after visiting the showroom and experiencing the wood up close.  They ordered 1001sf of 3-1/4″ River-Recovered® Heart Pine Character tongue and groove flooring along with reducers and “T” moldings. The Sutrick’s installed, sanded and finished the flooring themselves knowing that their friends at Goodwin were just a phone call away.

Coincidentally, Milton, Florida is just 2.5 miles from the town of Bagdad, Florida.  Back in 1900, the Bagdad Mill was the single largest economic interest in the state of Florida.  More longleaf lumber left Pensacola Bay for export and domestic sale than any other port in the country.  Today, the site of the Bagdad Mill is a public park.

We enjoy providing guidance to our DIY clients. Special thank you to the Sutrick’s for their very kind words:

“My wife and I purchased a 1920’s house that was in need of some serious TLC. We searched many flooring companies all over the country for flooring that would match the era of our house. On a trip to South Florida we visited the Goodwin Company facility and instantly found the flooring we wanted. The staff at Goodwin Company worked with us to find the flooring that fit our house and our budget – River-Recovered® Heart Pine Character. With the help of the staff at Goodwin Company we were able to install and finish the flooring ourselves. This was our first attempt at installing hard wood flooring and their insight and guidance was second to none. We could not have finished this project without their help.”

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.”

Sprucing Up Your Wood Floors for the Holidays

Sprucing Up Your Wood Floors for the Holidays

December is upon us!  We can already smell the cookies baking and hear the laughter of children playing.  If you are among those who will invite family and friends over this holiday season, you are probably in the process of cleaning and sprucing up your home.

Goodwin wants to help ensure your wood floors will look fresh and rejuvenated for the holidays.  Below are some cleaning and maintenance tips to help your floors look as new as the day they were installed.

Step 1:  Clean Surface

  • Using a soft bristle head, vacuum any loose dirt on the floor.
  • If needed, spot clean by hand with WOCA Natural Soap Spray, the recommended cleaner for all of Goodwin’s factory finishes. Other mild wood floor cleaners from reputable manufacturers may also work, however, avoid any harsh cleaners and solutions that must be combined with water.

Step 2:  Mop Floor

  • Clean any remaining dirt off the surface using a quality cotton yarn twist mop and ‘soft’ water.
  • Fill a bucket with natural soap solution or another mild cleaner
  • Fill a second bucket with pure water to rinse the mop. Change the water in this bucket as needed to avoid a grayish haze caused by dirty water.
  • Wring out the mop vigorously, then mop in the direction of the grain. If you see water on your floor, your mop is probably too wet.

Step 3:  Deep Cleaning (if needed)

  • Spray one section of the floor at a time with natural soap spray or another quality hardwood floor cleaner. Be sure to avoid excess moisture from too much cleaner.
  • Take a flat mop head and use multiple terry cloth covers which can be reversed to collect more dirt and later machine washed.

Step 4:  Maintenance Refresher

  • Consider a quality maintenance refresher (can also be applied on occasion between cleanings). We prefer the WOCA Refresher, which can be mopped like the natural soap. Other products require applying and then using an orbital buffer.
  • Different products have different set times so follow the manufacturer’s directions closely.

Have questions?  Give us a call.  We’re here to help!

Antique Heart Pine and Adaptive Re-use

Antique Heart Pine and Adaptive Re-use

The 1830s era Pennsylvania barn remodel project continues to receive publicity, praise and accolades.  In addition to milling the heart pine stair treads, Goodwin provided 2200sf of River-Recovered® Heart Pine Character and Old Florida for this adaptive re-use project.

Take a look at this in-depth post detailing the remodel:

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Are you working on a remodel or adaptive re-use project?  If so, give us a call. Our antique wood experts will be happy to help you creatively incorporate River-Recovered and/or reclaimed heart pine and/or heart cypress into your design.

Photos by: Dan Williams Photography

Not All Heart Pine is Created Equal

Check out this article discussing the different features and aspects of River-Recovered® and reclaimed heart pine:

Special thanks to David Schiff and Woodcraft Magazine for this very thorough and informative article.  Goodwin’s resident historian, Jeffrey Forbes, contributed to the piece.  Goodwin also provided some of the photos of the wood samples.

Give it a read and let us know your thoughts!

River-Recovered® Heart Pine and Heart Cypress Add Contemporary Grace and Elegance to High End Home

Our good friend Mark Jefferson of Jefferson Woodworking sent us a sneak peek of a high end residential project he is in the process of completing for a client.

Mark used Goodwin’s River-Recovered Heart Pine Vertical Clear to face the stair treads and the central stringer (spine) in this very contemporary floating staircase:

River-Recovered Heart Cypress Vertical Clear and Pecky Cypress make up the feature wall and gorgeous ceiling.

The side angle close-up shows how the pecky alone is raised, thus giving a depth and three-dimensional aspect to the surface:

Why does Mark choose Goodwin wood for high end projects? “It makes a difference for discerning clients – the look plus a story,”  explains Mark.

Goodwin enjoys working with talented craftsmen like Mark who are as passionate about delivering an excellent product as we are!

Stay tuned for more photos once the project is complete.

“It makes a difference for discerning clients – the look plus a story.” – Mark Jefferson of Jefferson Woodworking

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

Historic Home Renovation Featuring Reclaimed Wood

We’ve featured photos of the gorgeous home in the Old Northeast Neighborhood of St. Petersburg, Florida owned by our good friend Maureen Stafford.  A previous article featured her reclaimed wood kitchen floor.

Maureen is restoring another historic home in St. Petersburg. She used 400 square feet of Goodwin’s Legacy building reclaimed heart pine select and vertical heart pine in the closets (which she made) and to fill in where she took out the floor vents. The replacement wood was a critical improvement to the new floor reclamation square footage.

Enjoy this video of the home.  Great job, Maureen!

Makes you want to move to St. Pete, huh…

Video courtesy of Jeff Royer, Distinctive Focus Photography

Read more about Maureen’s reclaimed wood kitchen floors