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We provide selections of reclaimed and antique oak beams to interior and architecture projects in Europa.
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Before the introduction of steel, oak wood has been widely applied as a building material. Wonderful oak structures are still be found in old farmhouses, mansions and castles. Sadly some of these old buildings are being dismantled, but fortunately the resulting reclaimed oak beams can still be recovered quite well. Since we professionally remove the layer of dirt and the iron, we make these beams reusable, without affecting their authentic look.
These reclaimed oak beams in our collection are true works of art, each with its own unique story and unparalleled character. These beams are extremely suitable for use in restoration and renovation projects, but they certainly feel at home in new buildings as well. Some of these beams are up to a hundred years old. Because after all this time they still show no signs of decay, they can last at least as long. These antique beams are therefore not only an enhancement of your project, but also a valuable investment. Especially since oak is becoming an increasingly scarce product.
Let’s share an intriguing piece of information!
When French farmers constructed a barn or farmstead, they didn’t always have easy access to perfectly straight beams. Those were in short supply and considered valuable, often reserved for building more prestigious buildings such as chateaus or country houses.
For the more modest farm barns, the farmers were less particular; they used oak trees with natural curves or twists in the trunk. Consequently, when we receive an irregular, aged beam with a rustic appearance, we can deduce its origin as a barn or farmhouse. Conversely, if we encounter a flawlessly straight and polished antique beam, it is highly likely to come from the more prestigieus buildings.
Do these beams have still enough strength for structural purposes?
The majority of the assortment of antique beams could be used as structural timber. Our wood experts are happy to provide more information on this. However, it is always wise to have the dimensions calculated by a structural engineer.
Using reclaimed oak beams in the ceiling can bring a lot of charm to a space. Beams measuring 15×15 or 20×20 cm are often ideal for most interior projects. Along with the main beam and trusses, you can also find “braces,” which are short, angled beams that connect the uprights to the main beam. These braces serve to enhance the overall stability of the structure. Traditionally, braces have been widely used in constructions, and incorporating them into a decorative beam can be a delightful touch.
Reclaimed oak beams can also be used in the construction of a canopy, porch or veranda. When considering an extension to a house, it’s advisable to come well-prepared to the timber yard with the exact specified dimensions in mind. We are more than willing to assist with material selection.
Feel free to schedule an appointment for expert advice. This is always without obligation.
The reclaimed oak beams are hand-brushed by us, effectively removing dirt and dust. This labor-intensive method results in the most beautiful patina, bringing the beams back to life. It is a highly recommended treatment when opting for this type of wood. It is also possible for customers to brush the wood themselves.
In most cases, planing is also an option but nails and spikes can sometimes pose a challenge. In such instances, sanding is a good alternative. Planing (or sanding) the outer layer reveals the warm yellow-brown oak color.
Most of the reclaimed beams are stored in a covered area, so there is no need for artificial drying. Due to their age, the timber is already quite dry, minimizing the risk of warping. If you would like to learn more about the behavior of the wood, feel free to ask one of our staff members for expert advice.
The beams can be cut to the desired length using a chainsaw. It is advisable to do this on-site whenever possible, ensuring a perfect fit for the length. Upon special request, a beam can be doubled or one long side can be cut. This cutting method is occasionally used when a customer prefers one flat side, such as for a mezzanine floor or loft. However, not all beams are suitable for recutting, so always ask for advice from one of our wood experts regarding the risks involved.
Due to variations in processing, appearance, quality, origin, and age of reclaimed oak, the price per piece may differ. Therefore, the beams are offered in various price categories. During a visit to our timber yard and warehouses you can view the different options in our collection. Additionally, we can discuss specific preferences and create a customized quotation.
If you require a price indication before visiting, we understand and can provide an approximate price. Please request a quotation and provide details regarding the desired appearance, dimensions, and quantity. Keep in mind that longer beams are higher priced than shorter ones. For example, it is more cost-effective to select two beams of 4 meters each rather than one beam of 8 meters.
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Almost all sizes are consistently in stock. Whether you need an old oak beam with a cross-section of 15×15, 20×20, or 25×25 cm, or a beam measuring 3 meters, 4 meters, 5 meters, or 6 meters, we typically have these sizes readily available. However, it’s essential to bear in mind that old oak beams are not entirely dimensionally stable; for instance, an oak beam labeled 20×20 cm may measure approximately 19×20 cm, 20×21 cm, or 19×21 cm in reality.
Apart from the section sizes primarily intended for the main beams, we also offer options for reclaimed oak joists that are characterized with smaller section sizes like 6×6, 8×8, 10×10, or 12×12 cm. Such beams can be used as joists in a mezzanine floor or as furniture wood. For instance, beams measuring 10×10 or 12×12 cm are particularly well-suited for serving as the wooden base for an antique oak table.
We offer long oak beams in addition to the standard lengths of the beams. Our stock includes beams measuring 7 meters, 8 meters, 9 meters, and 10 meters. Once, these beams have been sourced out of exceptionally large trees, and out of respect for their magnificence, we refrain from cutting them into two pieces. Long oak beams usually have a section size of approximately 25×25, 30×30, or 35×35 cm. The largest beams reach impressive lengths of up to 11 meters and have a section of almost 40×40 cm.
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