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Reclaimed Wood

Every Stove should find it's Niche

~Chapter Three: Romancing the Stove~

One of the challenges in designing this kitchen was finding the space to add a center island and additional counter space with stools for casual dining.  The existing kitchen and laundry room were to remain as two separate rooms.  Since we were not building an addition to the kitchen, we had to figure out a way to accommodate these design goals.  After extensive consultation with an engineer and approval by the Preservation Board, it was decided to remove the chimney which enabled us to move the stove two feet. This gave us enough room to create the center island.  We needed to leave some wall to the left and right of the stove.  The original pantry is located behind and to the left and the chase which feeds plumbing and wiring to the second floor is on the right.

What you see in these photos (clockwise from top left) is: 1) the stove against the chimney wall in the original kitchen, 2) the chimney dismantled looking from the kitchen into the laundry room, 3) the new space for the stove as seen from the dining area and 4) the fabrication of the new arched entry into the kitchen from the pantry adjacent to the arched stove niche. Reclaimed hickory flooring being installed is from Pioneer Millworks in Farmington, NY

See the finished kitchen in the Photo Gallery at

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Love That Wood

by Robin Muto on August 12, 2009

in Green Design,Reclaimed Wood

Me at the fine woodworking division of New Energy Works

Me at the fine woodworking division of New Energy Works

Sometimes you meet someone or visit someplace and you immediately feel right at home.  That’s how I felt on my recent visit to New Energy Works Timberframers, and Pioneer Millworks located in Farmington NY.  I was given a most delightful and informative tour of the entire facility by Jennifer Young their staff marketing person.  They have been building some of the most elegant timberframe homes for over 20 years and the Pioneer Millworks division has been making flooring from reclaimed and recycled wood for over 15 years.  If this wasn’t enough, about a 10 minute car ride from the main facility is New WOODWORKS in Shortsville, NY which specializes in bespoke furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, stairs and anything else related to what they refer to as “house jewelry”.  They create these pieces using the resources from Pioneer Millworks and they will also use new wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

One of our lively topics of conversation commented on the fact that we notice most people tend to “typecast” reclaimed flooring as something that is only appropriate for restorations in older homes or in rustic style settings.  But the fact is that reclaimed flooring looks spectacular juxtaposed against modern furnishings and translates beautifully into Asian inspired designs.  The beauty and the character of this wood adds warmth and distinction unmatched by contemporary flooring products.

One thing that does not change throughout the various divisions is the high level of craftsmanship which is exhibited through their attention to detail and their commitment to sustainable design.  This is not a “green” fad with this company but the very basis of their core philosophy.

The founder of this New Energy Works is currently building a home for his family in Oregon, incorporating reclaimed and natural materials, energy efficiency, cutting edge technologies and craft intensive applications.  You can get a behind the scenes look at this fascinating project on their blog: The Vermont Street Project

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