East Tennessee salvagers give new life to old homes and barns

East Tennessee salvagers give new life to old homes and barns

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Vintage Lumber was able to carefully remove by hand floor boards, ladders, barn doors, and even some unique horse windows from this old barn. Vintage Lumber was able to carefully remove by hand floor boards, ladders, barn doors, and even some unique horse windows from this old barn.
Andrew Edens (left) and Bryce Caldwell Andrew Edens (left) and Bryce Caldwell

By KRISTIN FARLEY
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - You've likely heard the phrase, one man's trash is another man's treasure. For one local company that salvages crumbling structures, it really does appear to be the truth. 

6 News caught up with Bryce Caldwell and Andrew Edens of Smoky Mountain Vintage Lumber as they were sifting through the finds from one of their biggest salvage jobs.  

"We reclaim barns that have served their useful life and we give the barns second life," said Caldwell.

Their latest find was a massive red, dilapidated barn in the Jefferson City area. 

Vintage Lumber was able to carefully remove by hand floor boards, ladders, barn doors, and even some unique horse windows. 

"I think we got almost eight of them," Caldwell said looking at the windows. "I think these will make some really unique pieces."

On their website, there are ideas of what a commercial or residential buyer might do with some of this lumber. They also make small items like barnwood frames. 

Edens say the possibilities are endless.

"Our lumber can serve multiple purposes after we reclaim. It can be flooring, paneling, frames, furniture," he said.

The two young entrepreneurs have even been tasked with building a display wall with some of their vintage lumber for local furniture store Braden's.

The wall is the backdrop for HGTV's new furniture line, possibly re-enforcing the renewed interest in reusing materials in design and architecture. 

Caldwell says it best: "Every structure that we have has its own story." 

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