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Reclaimed Wood Flooring Companies in Ontario

June 17th, 2010

My dining room table is made from reclaimed wood flooring from a 100 year old factory that was located just outside Tilsonburg, ON — until the factory was torn down, that is. Fortunately, there are salvagers all over the province who go in and see the beauty and potential of these types of architectural building materials. They will strip down an old building, buying anything they think they can resell. Our table has to be the most beautiful piece of furniture in our house. There are plenty of nicks, and gouges in the table top, and the top of it is bumpy and uneven and full of character. Best of all though, is that if my kids bang it up, the marks will just blend in with all the other nicks, gouges and scratches.

There are plenty of reclaimed wood flooring companies in Ontario. One of the reasons is the availability of old wood — not just from old factories, but also from barns that need to be torn down (old barns present not only a fire hazard, but also a safety hazard), and in some cases, underwater logs.  Reclaimed wood makes beautiful new wood floors and pieces of furniture. Old wood sourced locally supports local industry, crafsmanship and gives the wood a second life instead of it ending up in landfill or as firewood. There are several reclaimed wood companies in Ontario, here is a list of a few:

Antiquity Flooring: Offers reclaimed wood flooring in 3/4″ thickness (unless specified otherwise) which comes in random widths ranging 3-8″ from both hard and soft woods that is excellent for “new” wood floors. Antiquity Flooring will also supply reclaimed wood planks for other applications such as cabinetry, mantels, trim, etc.

Antiquity Flooring
71 Wilkes Street
Brantford, Ontario

AquaTimber: Harvests wood from Georgian Bay, the Great Lakes, and lakes and rivers across North America. These logs are then turned into hard and soft wood flooring. The company also has timber and beams for sale as well. Salvaged wood from the depths of cold lakes helps preserve it. Further, these logs are likely from trees that were between 500 and 1000 years old when they were harvested. AquaTimber verifies the age of its logs through the use of dendochronology (tree ring dating). In the old growth forests, trees grew more slowly because of the thick canopy, creating a denser tree.

Floor planks are available in random 3-8″ widths, and is available in engineered or solid flooring.


8520 Highway 93
Midland, Ontario
Canada L4R 4K4

The Barnboard Store: Located in Toronto in the Danforth area, this store sources reclaimed boards from Ontario barns that need to come down. The website has great photos and idea for barnboard including shelving, benches, headboards and accent walls. Custom headboards are also available. Lengths vary from 2-14 feet, widths: 6-12 inches, thickness 3/4-1″.

Contact information:

Phone: 416-471-9452


Century Wood: Founded in 1997 near Fergus, ON, Century Wood began by supplying reclaimed wood to the Netherlands. It has since expanded and now supplies wood for projects close to home. Century Wood makes both hard and soft wood floors, as well as architectural details such as panels, timber and beams and unfinished barnboard.

Century Wood Products Inc.
Marsville, R.R. #3
Orton, Ontario
L0N 1N0

Phone: 519-855-955

Countrywood: Uses new, salvaged, and reclaimed wood to manufacture wood plank flooring, doors and trim. Wood has been sourced from many different locations. Plank widths come in random sizes from 3-8″ and are milled as either solid or engineered flooring. Countrywood now also carries

Reclaimed wood comes from old factories, barns, and other facilities that are bein torn down.

Salvaged wood comes from the depths of  waters near Huntsville, ON where it has lain undisturbed for many years (no oxygen so it does not decay). A few years ago, many logs were discovered at the Queen Warf in Toronto when a development company was excavating for a new condo project. These logs have been buried since the early 1800s and have been preserved due to a lack of oxygen and light.

935689 Airport Road
SE Corner of Airport Road & Hwy 89
(North of Orangeville)


Logs End: A company based just outside of Ottawa, LogsEnd harvests logs from waterways that were used for shipping felled logs to the mills for processing before the railway was developed. Some of those logs sunk to the bottom of the river before they made it to the mills. They’ve been sitting on the riverbed floor for over 100 years, protected from light and oxygen by the cold, deep waters. They’re well-preserved, very dense and make excellent wood for flooring. Like the wood out of Georgian Bay area, these logs will be old growth (first generation), and can be up to 500 years old or more.

LogsEnd notes on its website that all wood is harvested from the riverbed in the most ecologically responsible manner possible.  Studies have been done and show no ill effects to the river ecosystem after harvesting.

A variety of widths are available ranging from 3 to 9 inches in lengths from 2 to 8 feet (custom orders are also available). Planks are available in engineered and solid versions, in woods ranging from pine, birch, oak, Douglas Fir and Walnut.

Location: 1520 Triole Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1B 3S9

Nadurra has a wide selection of reclaimed wood from local Ontario barns and factories. While reclaimed wood offers the “greenest” choice of wood floors, not to mention wide plank sizes because the wood was originally from first growth forests, it is more expensive, and obviously, one day this wood will also be used up. Varieties of wood are Elm, Hemlock, Noble Oak, Pine, Loyalist Maple and Birch. Available in solid or engineered. Price: $6.50-11/square foot.

Nadurra Wood Corp.
157 Bentworth Avenue Unit A
Toronto, Ontario
M6A 1P6

T: 647.345.8414  F 647.342.0818

Nostalgic Wood: Located in Mt Forest, ON, this company remills wood collected from barnboard around the province. Varieties include hemlock, oak, pine, elm, etc. Available as solid “antique” wood in 3/4″ thickness, or “engineered antique wood flooring (3/8″ wood on 3/8” birch plywood).

565 Perth Street North, Mount Forest, Ontario  N0G 2L0

Phone: 519-323-0175

Timeless Materials: A store that has a large supply of reclaimed wood flooring, including maple, douglas fir, yellow pine, barnboard and more. All wood is from reclaimed sources such as old factories, barns, and other buildings slated for demolition. It also contains other architectural salvage pieces from beautiful antique windows, to mouldings, trim, antique bathtubs, sinks, lamps, etc. All items comes from buildings about to be renovated or torn down.

305 Northfield Dr. E.
Waterloo, Ontario
N2V 2N4


Phone: 519-883-8683
Toll Free: 1-800-609-9633
Fax: 519-883-4016

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Greentea Design: kitchen cabinetry made from reclaimed wood

March 12th, 2010
Loft Kitchen by Greentea Design

Loft Kitchen by Greentea Design

I had read about Greentea Design a few years ago when an American supermodel cum eco-fashionista was espousing the virtues of the company. Wow, I thoughtlooking at the pictures, that’s pretty beautiful stuff! Imagine my delight when I saw that the company is based right here in Toronto. Hooray! Fieldtrip! (much more fun than staring at a computer all day).

I dropped by the fantastic warehouse space where Greentea resides on Carlaw, and Dale Storer took time out of his schedule to talk to me about his kitchen cabinetry business.

The kitchen and furniture making side of things grew out of Dale’s Asian antique import business. All the kitchen cabinetry is manufactured in Korea and shipped back here. “So, could you please enlighten me as to why your kitchen cabinets are considered ‘green?'” I asked him, staring at the most exquisite and intricate kitchen cupboards I have ever seen.

One of the designers had already told me that the kitchen cabinets are made from two kinds of wood (gingko or elm) and six different stains. Unlike Dutch elm disease which wiped out the majority of the elm trees here in Toronto in the 1970s, the Chinese elms weren’t affected. At any rate it wouldn’t have mattered because as it turns out, not a single tree is felled in the manufacture of these cabinets. All the wood used is salvaged from Korean homes or buildings that are about to be torn down. This waste wood would either be burned or end up in landfill, so it gets a second life as it’s transformed into beautiful cabinetry or furniture. Further, because it’s already been “seasoned” it is heavy, hard and very durable.

I know what you’re thinking: “But it’s not sourced locally. It all comes from Asia. How green is that?” And I’d say that you have a point. But the furniture is made with minimal waste and is less energy intensive because the milling has already been done. Further, to minimize packing waste, each cabinet is wrapped in packing blankets that the new owner keeps and can resuse. There is, of course a transportation carbon footprint, and it has recently been revealed by a study by the United Nations Environment Programme that shipping by boat isn’t as energy efficient as originally thought.

The one area Dale said they’re working on is minimizing the VOC (volatile organic compound) output, or off-gassing of chemicals, from the stains and adhesives used in the cabinetry manufacturing. “We’re not quite there yet, but we’re getting there.”

Chalet Chic

The kitchen cabinets themselves are works of art and probably unlike anything you’ve ever seen. While they have a decidedly Asian influence to them, they would fit in with North American homes, particularly those homes where a dark, rich stained wood would complement decor. One of the more intriguing and eye-catching aspects of the cabinets is the number of small compartments and drawers as well as the latticed or decorative woodwork on the cabinet doors. There is also the ability to design the entire kitchen around freestanding units, which means that pieces could, theoretically be moved into other rooms or out of the house completely if you have to move. You can watch a great video about a freestanding kitchen remodel here.

Greentea design provides an excellent interactive website, complete with the various cabinet sizes (stock or custom are available), kitchen layout opportunities and pricing so you can figure out just how much your cabinetry will cost. In fact, Dale told me that 60% of Greentea’s business comes from the US as telephone or internet orders. “Canadians are more hesitant about ordering straight off a website without having seen live examples of something first. We don’t have the same catalogue habits that Americans do.” I have to admit, I too am a bit of a touchy, feely kind of person and fit in to that category.

Combining this cabinetry with countertops made of IceStone or PaperStone, and perhaps a reclaimed wood floor or cork floor and some Energy Star appliances, would produce one eye-catching, timeless and green kitchen, that proving yet again that “green” doesn’t have to conjure up visions of “hippy treehuggers” — as my 13 year old son likes to refer to me.

Greentea Design: 388 Carlaw Ave., Suite 200, Toronto ON, M4M 2T4

phone: 416-462-1459.


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