In Practice: Reclaimed Wood Offers Rustic Touch to Urban Distillery

The centerpiece of the Westland Distillery in downtown Seattle isn’t just the single-malt whiskey, it’s the gleaming, colossal copper and stainless steel stills. Unfortunately, local regulations requiring a two-hour fire enclosure didn’t permit the owners to showcase the equipment front and center in the tasting room like it so richly deserves.

The architects at Urbanadd created a two-hour enclosure using metal studs, drywall, wood sheathing, and randomly interspersed panels of two-hour fire-resistant glass, thereby meeting the dueling needs of both safety and spectacle.

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To ensure the enclosure itself didn’t look out of place nor take away from the vibe of the space, an early 1900s warehouse that thoughtfully melds both wood and industrial steel elements, the choice of façade material was also vital. The team opted for reclaimed timber, which they acquired from the teardown of an old Boise Cascade mill in nearby Yakima, Wash.

A local woodworker cut the 6-inch-by-12-inch beams in half, sanding down the cut side while leaving the raw side untouched to create a unique patchwork of smooth and worn. The robust timbers and rugged edges are the ideal complement to the hefty wood beams throughout the building as well as to the reception desk in front, which is crafted of a massive steel beam with a wood top.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Hardware Everywhere Edition

New products from the National Hardware Show, burning appliance questions, jaw-dropping showers, and more product news from the past week.

Triton• 9 cool tools from the Hardware Show, including a snazzy folding utility knife and several burly demo bars.

• The Money Pit hosts also offered up their favorite finds from the show, including a smarter sump pump and a DIY-friendly laser distance meter.

• 7 products to please (and warm and relax) the mom of the house.

• Germaphobes rejoice! Kohler unveils a touch-free toilet that flushes with the wave of a hand.

• Norwegian project sets out to become the world’s tallest timber building at 14 stories.

• 11 natural boundaries that offer an alternative to fences.

• 10 walk-in showers that will make you forget about the bathtub.

• Does expensive really mean better? How high should the range hood be? A professional cook answers homeowners’ burning appliance questions.

• From single bowls to high-tech faucets, here’s a look at the latest trends in kitchen water stations.

• Tech startup Chui is upping the home-security ante with a doorbell unit with built-in facial recognition.


Buzz: Product News Roundup, Bridging the Gap Edition

Bay Bridge-turned-bungalow, manly walk-in closets, dramatic light fixtures, and other product news from around the Web this week.

Bay_Bridge_House_Design_front1-805x525• The old San Francisco Bay Bridge lives on: I-beams, concrete, girders, trusses, and roadways from the bridge, which was recently replaced, will be used to build a three-story house.

• Batting zero? A New Zealand study found that 100% of batt insulation installations have failures.

• Men need a place for their clothes too. Here are 30 ideas for walk-in closets with masculine appeal.

• The U.S. government is throwing its muscle behind tall wood buildings.

• 15 ways to create drama with light fixtures.

• That giant tarp? You’re folding it wrong.

• 10 tips to help your clients choose the right windows.

• Scientists are developing “microstructural lightweight construction materials” that have a stability relative to their weight that exceeds materials such as steel.

New: Products of the Week, 11.4.13

Whimsical pendants, modern bath furniture, and three other products that caught our attention this week.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Keeping It at Bay Edition

Bay windows go modern, barn doors slide into homes, tall wood buildings capture more attention, and other product news from the past week. 

• Throw out your assumptions about bay windows. These six houses bring the traditional-home fixture into the modern aesthetic.

• Barn doors have moved from the farm to the home, Read the rest of this entry »

Buzz: Product News Roundup, On the Fence Edition

Modern fences, cork insulation, the CFL-UV connection, FSC wood enters Olympic spotlight, and other product news from the past week.

• Think fences are all white pickets and chain link? Think again. Read the rest of this entry »

Buzz: Product News Roundup, Tall Order Edition

The world’s tallest wood building, domestically grown bamboo, finds from PCBC, and other product news from around the web last week.

• Plans are underway to build the world’s tallest wood building in Norway. The 16-story Barents building will house Read the rest of this entry »