I am trying to locate a source for reclaimed lumber in the LA area. So far, my attempts have turned up nil. I would like to use reclaimed wood for a sofa table/office combo that my husband and I are building for our new place. I love the character that old wood has, and think it would be perfect for this application. My question to you is: Where do I find this elusive wood? Is it an inexpensive option, or would I be better off buying "new" wood from the local lumber yard? -JulieLeanne
JulieLeanne, there are a couple of sources you can check out online and in person for reclaimed lumber in Los Angeles. First, there's Resource Conservation Group, a company that offers a great selection and detail of their stock of old lumber, including Douglas Fir, White & Red Oak, Beech, Hickory, Poplar, and Elm. They're the company that supplied eco-retailer Visonary Boutique on Melrose with their beautiful reclaimed Doug Fir display tables/shelving shown above.
There's also Santa Fe Salvage, which carries period lighting fixtures, doors, appliances, mantels, columns, pillars, posts, fencing and reclaimed wood features in their 50,000 sq. ft yard and warehouse.
And for those of you who happen to be out in Austin, be sure to check Adrienne's post about Vintage Material Supply Company's reclaimed wood materials.