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Plantation Reclaimed

Incorporating the Beauty and Sustainability of Reclaimed Wood into Your Story

Dedicated to the preservation of our remaining old growth forests, Plantation Reclaimed reclaims the unique species of wood discovered in centuries-old tobacco barns, old abandoned barns, and warehouses that might otherwise deteriorate to an un-useful state. In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are excited to feature Plantation Reclaimed founders and owners, and daughter and father team, Jenny and Jim Blalock. You’ll learn how this antique wood can be incorporated into both new and existing homes in a variety of applications, including flooring, siding, mantels, and beams, just to name a few. The sheer beauty and rich patina from these reclaimed pieces of history simply cannot be replicated.

Jenny has also successfully combined the entrepreneurial skills she developed early in her life while working alongside her father in his plumbing supply business with both her skills as a general contractor and her talents as an interior designer. She is the founder and owner of the highly recognized and award-winning new home construction company, Luxe Homes & Design, which has earned a reputation for designing and creating homes that not only meet the existing needs of each and every member of your family member, but anticipates their future needs as well.

EK: Describe how you successfully create an authentic sense of style using reclaimed antique wood in homes and offices that is difficult to achieve using modern building materials.

Jenny: Reclaimed antique wood is unrivaled in terms of its ageless beauty and charm and is unparalleled in its architectural quality and character. Using authentic reclaimed wood in your home or office adds great character that you cannot duplicate using newly sawn wood alternatives.

EK: You describe reclaimed wood as pieces of living history. Explain that for our readers.

Jenny: The barns of yesterday are pieces of a living history. They have a story to tell. Some will tell of hard times during drought or floods, disease, and war. They may also tell a happier story of hardworking families brought together and succeeding. By incorporating reclaimed wood into your home or office, you are restoring a part of history. As we like to say, “Reclaiming history one floor at a time.”

EK: You also describe salvaging antique lumber as environmentally responsible. Why?

Jenny: We are dedicated to the preservation of our old growth forests, protecting them as a legacy to future generations.  Our unique, antique wood comes from tobacco and abandoned barns and warehouses and other structures as much as 200 years old! Not only is it environmentally responsible to recycle antique lumber, but the character and unique patina of each piece of reclaimed wood, which occurs naturally over decades and centuries, just can’t be replicated.

EK: Why is the use of reclaimed wood important for home and business owners wishing to create that one-of-a-kind appearance?

Jenny: Using reclaimed wood in your home or office offers you that one-of-a-kind look that cannot be duplicated. Therefore, each floor, accent wall, or beam will never appear alike. That is the natural beauty inherent in every reclaimed antique board that you just won’t find using today’s manufactured products – it’s the real antique deal.

EK: How affordable is the use of reclaimed lumber?

Jenny: There is a great deal of labor involved in reclaiming antique lumber. From disassembling old barns and warehouses to the finished products we sell, there are a great many steps. Reclaimed wood must first be removed, transported, sorted, de-nailed, and kiln dried before being milled into the finished product. During the process, each piece of wood must be handled dozens of times before it’s finally installed in your home or office. We strive, however, to ensure that our pricing is as affordable and competitive as possible.

EK: Describe some of the creative uses for reclaimed wood at home or at the office.

Jenny: With the wide variety of hardwoods we mill that are available to be used for flooring and siding, we have the perfect opportunity to really get creative. By combining our talents with our clients’ desires, we create our one-of-a-kind masterpieces. We can customize any flooring or siding to have rounded edge beveling to provide more of a plank look. We can even custom mill any species of un-reclaimed wood. We take pride in being a custom mill shop dedicated to creating the finished look you want. We are also very proud of our custom designed barn doors, shutters, tables, and countertops, which offer you that extraordinary, one-of-a-kind look you’ve been searching for.

EK: Tell our readers about the different types and species of reclaimed lumber available for them to select from.

Jenny: Some of the most popular items you will discover on our website include our Highlands Hit, Skip Oak, and Tennessee Tavern hardwoods. We also sell of large quantities of our Original Face Barn Siding for accent walls and ceilings and hand hewn or rough sawn beams for ceilings or mantels. Also, our black walnut flooring is one of our most popular items in our old growth series of flooring. From oak to pine, Plantation Reclaimed can custom mill just about any type of wood. If there is something else that you are interested in, contact us and we will try to make it a reality.

EK: Where is your antique wood sourced from, and where is it milled into the different types of products Plantation Reclaimed offers?

Jenny: We are committed to buying locally and supporting small area businesses. Although we ship our products nationwide, our products are all sourced locally and are milled right here in Knoxville.

EK: How do you feel that reclaimed wood enhances your home or office’s value?

Jenny: When purchasing any of our products, whether it’s flooring, siding, beams, or doors, we believe it adds a truly unique and intrinsic value to your home, and you’ve added something of historic significance to your home that cannot be duplicated. No antique wooden floor, accent wall, or barn door will ever be alike. Reclaimed wood adds that one-of-a-kind appearance, character, and warmth to your home or office that is unavailable with any other building material.

EK: Describe your customer care experience.

Jenny: Plantation Reclaimed is dedicated to providing you with the very best customer care experience possible. We want each of our clients to love their finished products as much as we do. You can depend on us to provide you with quality products that add value to your home or office. We stand behind it. That’s our commitment from my family to yours.

EK: You have a spectacular gallery that can be found at www.plantationreclaimed.com, which can serve as inspiration for home or business owners open to the idea of using reclaimed antique lumber in a future building or remodeling project. For our readers who might wish to learn more about either Plantation Reclaimed or Luxe Homes & Design, what is the best way to reach you?

Jenny: Thank you for recommending our website as a resource for our clients. We are very proud of the reclaimed wood products produced by Plantation Reclaimed and enjoy sharing our clients’ photos in our online gallery. They really have served as an inspiration for new clients. For your readers wishing to contact me, the best way to reach me is either by email at jenny@plantationreclaimed.com or by phone at 865-243-4604. I’ve discovered that most people prefer to email.

EK: In closing, is there anything you would like to add?

Jenny: First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our many customers for both their support and encouragement since first launching Plantation Reclaimed and Luxe Homes & Design. I would also like to thank my dad, who works so hard alongside me every day. I’ve had the honor of working with him for 20 years now. Many people have told me throughout the years that they could never work with their parents, but despite the inevitable ups and downs of self-employment, these challenges have actually strengthened our relationship. Whether building homes for people like you or milling antique reclaimed flooring for your home, my dad shares my passion for quality craftsmanship and personal integrity. We absolutely love what we do and feel blessed to be able to serve our customers each and every day. 

Plantation Reclaimed
865.243.4604
www.plantationreclaimed.com
jenny@plantationreclaimed.com

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