Gallery: We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Bu...


What type of materials do you reclaim? Is there a most common type of wood that you use?

Tracen Gardner: What we find and use most is long leaf pine. It's the interior wall, it would be where the drywall or sheetrock would be. It’s six inches wide and however many linear feet we can get together. What we prefer is anything that’s over 70 to 80 years old. They quit using long leaf after about the '30s into the '60s, and building techniques have changed, so there’s a lot fewer materials that we can get. The other material that we use a lot of is exterior barn wood, and we find that galvanized tin is readily available, you just have to go and look for it or ask around for it. But when we do find the tin, we can find it in big increments.

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  1. refp12 November 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    hey first time on here but my family lost everthing in katrina now still on the fight after all this time , a wounderfull man owner finaced a 13acr for us but no water, septic nothin but clear land well we both on disability now we have taken apart an old home and now tryin to do another my husband is real ill do u have any sugg on how i might be able to get help with well septic
    i just want him to have a real home again we had all the insurance did it all right but still no home ,for once I want to prove to him its still possible thanks

  2. Niki at myscandinavianh... October 16, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Thank you for sharing this interesting post. I live in a carbon neutral area in Sweden and am fascinated by this type of work. Best of luck!

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