This East Texas Log Cabin was originally built in 1836 in Burton, Texas, and is now restored in the same town in which it was built. The barn dimensions are 31 feet by 47 feet, for a total of 1,457 square feet. The barn was restored by builders and architects from Heritage Restorations. The following are just some of the features and barn details you will find from Heritage Restorations.
Antique Beams. In the age before the Industrial Revolution and the advent of the sawmill that would forever change the lumber industry, beams for barns, homes, and other structures were hewn by hand. Giant, virgin-growth timbers were felled by axes. Once on the ground, the hewing process began as craftsmen squared up the logs using different types of axes.
Classic Sliding Barn Doors. Sliding Barn Doors are an attractive and functional option for several different design scenarios. At Heritage Restorations, they can design and fabricate sliding doors from a variety of different building materials, including reclaimed or new lumber.
Handmade Custom Doors. Over the years Heritage Restorations has had the opportunity to work with several clients in designing custom doors out of antique lumber. Stable, and with the unmatched character of years of weather and wear, reclaimed lumber is a wonderful choice for creating the feel and look of your home’s entryway. All doors are constructed of premium-grade reclaimed lumber and, when appropriate, we use traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery or splines are used. All hardware used is commercial grade. As with our other doors, feel free to submit sketches or pictures of proposed door styles. The following are the Aged Color Options.
Threshing Floor. This is the central floor area in a barn where the process of threshing grain is carried out. It is made of thick floorboards that can stand the beating of a flail or treading of the ox.
Crackled Red. Everyone knows that the traditional color of barns is red, but no one is sure exactly why. The beauty of worn red paint on pine boards can only be achieved through a long aging process which includes exposing the barn pine siding boards to the sun and elements to achieve this unique combination of wear and weather.
Classic Brown. The deep brown patina of this wood is not chemically reproducible, and can only be achieved over many decades of exposure to the right combination of sunlight and air.
Weathered Grey. Pine boards left to weather in just the right direct sunlight achieve this beautiful color. There is no chemical process that can reproduce it. Uniformity is essential, so we carefully select these boards for color and consistency.
Rustic Roof. Whereas the exterior siding of a barn may have been replaced several times throughout the life of a barn, these roof boards to which multiple generations of wood shingles were nailed, often date back to the original construction of the barn and so are centuries old. Their color and patina can only be achieved by long-term exposure in the loft of the barn.
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