Antique Woods and Colonial Restorations
Antique Woods and Colonial Restoration

What we do:

  • Design and architectural drawings
     
  • Provide and erect exceptional antique barn frames and log homes
     
  • Custom build log homes and barn frames out of Vintage lumbers
     
  • Colonial Home Restorations
     
  • Design, fabricate, and install ceiling and beam systems
     
  • Supply Antique building materials
     
  • Farm House furnishings - custom built furniture from Vintage barn woods
     
  • Consultations
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“Dale Lehmer... is one of the founding fathers of the barn-saving movement.”
AmericanProfile.com 08/24/03

We specialize in:

~ Barn Home Designs ~ Vintage Lumbers ~ Antique Flooring ~

~ Barn Home Conversions ~ Barn Frames ~

~ Colonial Home & Barn Restorations ~ Barn Consultations ~

~ Custom Stair & Balcony Fabrication ~

~ Custom Timber Trusses & Beam Systems~

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Our Crew

About Us

In talking "About Us" we are really talking about the entire process of dismantling early historical structures, particularly historic barns, for repurposed uses and recycling the many and varied additional antique building materials that are gleaned from this kind of endeavor.

Recycling and repurposing these wonderful historical structures, antique barns, and building materials is not only an environmentally sound concept, it is also practical. The majority of our barn frames and other vintage  lumbers, including wide plank flooring and paneling, is reclaimed from  structures that are 100-200 plus years old. These woods feature deep,  beautiful colors and a rich patina that can only be bestowed by time.

Very old woods like this used in early construction were harvested many  times from first growth trees in America. The construction woods these  large first growth trees produced generally provided a tighter, denser  grain which means harder, stronger and more durable woods. Our beautiful honey brown colored white pine, also known as pumpkin pine, is much  heavier and harder than the new, paler white pine that is available  today.  

During the dismantling process, each barn frame or structure is marked, photographed, and a scaled drawing is created before dismantling begins. This helps greatly with the barn home design and overall barn plans. The roof, siding, rafters, and flooring are removed by hand to be reused. To prevent breaking or damaging the fine joinery, the wooden pins that  hold the mortise and tenon joinery together are driven out or drilled. A crane is brought in at this point to remove small sections of the barn frame or log home (in reverse order of how it was put up) and lay them on the ground for final dismantling.

Over the past 4 plus decades, we have managed the dismantling of well over a 1000 barn frames, of which we have helped develop barn plans and barn home designs and rebuilt over several hundred into barns, barn home conversions, or  post-and-beam additions to existing houses. We have also done numerous  antique log houses and other interesting structures including a covered  bridge and several churches and train stations.

Mixed in with all this work we also managed to do complete restorations of  many early colonial homes, using many of the vintage lumbers we gained  in our deconstruction work including wide plank flooring and hand planed and beaded wall boards that were used as room dividers in many of these very early houses. White and Red Oak, Native American Chestnut (now  extinct), White and Yellow Pine, Heart Pine (Long Leaf Yellow Pine),  Poplar, Elm, Beech, Cedar and Maple are some of the woods we regularly  come into contact with and have in stock. If we don't have it, I usually know where to get it as we have also developed a large network of other antique barn suppliers and dealers all over the country that I am on a first name basis with.

Over the years we have also developed a network of other folks in the barndismantling business in Canada, and we now currently import many of our barn frames and antique lumbers already professionally dismantled. We then bring these barn frames to  our shop to do any repairs, cleaning and final tune up before shipping  to its new owner. We find the barn frames in Canada to generally be  superior than most American frames (that are available) due to the very  large sized timbers they tended to use there. Perhaps they had more  large timber stands or perhaps they built barns stronger due to snow  loads, but generally speaking, the frames from Canada are better suited  for rebuilding, particularly for barn-home conversions. If you are going to go to the expense and work of building a barn-home conversion, you  might as well do it with a spectacular barn frame. Larger timbers are a  big part of what makes a barn frame spectacular. During the whole process we can be helping with the barn home designs and barn plans.

"About Us" also includes that we have some very experienced (Our Barn  Raising All-Stars)  crews to come to your site to help reconstruct these barn frames. Among them you would very likely meet:

My Forman, Rick Haller--30 years of experience working full time with  barns.

My Son, Kelly Lehmer--35 years of experience

Sheldon Martin-- 20 years of experience

Dan McCuskey--  15  years experience

Sophie Lehmer-- My Wife and Designer/Draftsperson and Accounting

Dale Lehmer-President and Owner--

We also have other experienced "barn people" that have worked with us  over the years that come to help with our barn home projects from time  to time, and of course me, Dale Lehmer, with 44 years of intense full  time experience. I try to make it to all our barn raisings. I don't climb much anymore due to my age but I do a lot of ground work and  watch very intently to make sure that first and foremost the crew is  safe and no one gets hurt, and then to assure that everything gets done  to the highest possible standards of this kind of work.

Combined, we have close to 150 years of experience working with antique barns, barn home conversions, antique log homes and other historic structures. We have done our 10,000 hrs and then some as they say. I will put our  crew up with any in the country in terms of experience, knowledge,  safety and skill, and also just being nice guys with great work ethics.  This is one of the reasons I would recommend that you give us good look when deciding on who you would like to work with in your quest for a  barn home or other project using re-purposed structures and materials.Barn Homes are our specialty. 

Today, Antique Woods specializes in locating spectacular antique barn frames and historic structures and then working with clients such as yourselves on a step by step basis in the barn home design and management of these projects.

 

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We can also help you develop barn home floor plans and do architectural drawings to almost any level you want with the exception of mechanicals.

We are not a large company and can only do a limited number of jobs at one time, and that is the way we like it. I pride myself in giving very  close personal involvement with all our clients to help to assist you to design and build the barn home you envision. This personal attention to our potential and active clients is one of the other main reasons I recommend you give us a good  look when picking a barn frame company. 

We also try to keep our pricing affordable and cost effective. Our vast experience with barn homes, barn home designs and other colonial work gives us the firsthand knowledge necessary to do  this at a very high level, and do it affordably and cost effectively,  and this is the third reason to give us a look. Nothing teaches like  experience! As you browse our web sites don't miss our link called "cost saving measures"

Please take the time to ready through all of our web sites. I have spent a lot of time writing about the entire barn-to-home process and  re-purposed structures and materials. If you have gotten this far I am  sure you would find it helpful and at least interesting.

www.vintagewoods.com

www.smallbarnhomes.com

www.barnhomedesigns.com 

Many references upon request.

 

Antique Woods & Colonial Restoration

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