At a preppy and modern Nantucket home filled with recovered and reused materials, the driftwood mantle in the living room stands out. The homeowners found this reclaimed bit of walnut by a river log from the Mississippi River. The timber has been cleaned using compressed air and a soft brush to remove any cobwebs or sand.
Then 3 custom 3/8″ metal plates were welded to some 3/4″ steel dowel. The plates were screwed into the wall stud and covered with Venetian plaster, leaving the dowels sticking out. Three matching holes were drilled into the driftwood, and a silicon insert has been used to attach the driftwood to the dowels. As a result, the mantle seems to float off of the wall.
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While the construction demands some ability, finding a bit of timber that would fit in this field was just as much of a challenge. “Finding the proper size and shape of the timber was somewhat difficult,” states Chris Komenda of Woodmeister Master Builders. “But for us, that is part of the pleasure of reusing something unique and reclaimed.”
Another favourite part about the room in this National Green Building Standard Gold-certified home: The magnificent fireplace surround created from bits of petrified wood. Woodmeister Master Builders acquired this amazing piece through Cumar Marble and Granite in Everett, Mass..
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