Tasty silk screened wallpaper manufacturer Flavor Paper recently finished their new Brooklyn lair. Complete with new manufacturing, a showroom, living space, and even a planted meadow rooftop, this newly refurbished building was awarded best new showroom by Interior Design magazine! Designed by Skylab Architecture of Portland Oregon, with obvious influences of Jon Sherman (owner and proprietor of Flavor Paper).
I met Jon about ten years ago on a job we worked on in New Orleans (Jon’s first Flavored job), and we immediately bonded on a shared design aesthetic. Over the past ten years we have met up several times where both of our products were used in common environments. I have even used Flavor Paper in my own house and so it seemed fitting Jon used The Cornerstone Floor Group’s Floors in his.
Since Flavor Paper started in New Orleans, Jon and Skylab were working with many materials that captured the feel of the jazz capital. They wanted a wood that was both beautiful and tied to Louisiana. We of course had the perfect match… our River Recovered Cypress. This particular batch was floated up by our expert recoverer Jimmy. We pulled these sinkers from tributaries on the Louisiana side of the Mississippi River. Many of these sunken treasures were over one thousand years old at the time they fell prey to natural shearing winds, lightning storms, old age, or axed men. Just the right amount of Creole to cover the living areas of Jon’s master suite of the Flavor factory.
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In 2008 Keith Summerour and associates came to us to create a custom interior gray finish using our reclaimed flooring and beams for the showhouse at The Reserve at Lake Keowee. Working with interior designers Nancy Pendergrass of Summerour Interiors and Beth Webb of Beth Webb interiors, we came up with a custom process and finish technique for the floors, paneling, and beams throughout the home.
For the floors we started with milk painted barn siding.
We then used a soy based stripper to remove the top layer of paint in order to leave the white wash pigment and the original surface of the wood. All of the 3500 ft of flooring in this home was stripped and scraped by hand.
The stripper was then neutralized and the material was kiln dried, milled and installed.Since we kept as much of the original character of the floor as possible, there was a natural uneven element we wanted to soften, so instead of sanding any of the floor we hand scraped any sharp edges prior to finishing.
The above link was just released in Garden and Gun Magazine this week. Though it does not mention our company, we enjoyed working on this project for the Bechers and are proud of the final product.
We reclaimed the White Pine wall material from joists removed from buildings in St. Louis, and the old Johnson City train depot (TN) that came down in 2008. We denailed the original two inch thick joists then split them into one inch thick sections. The widths of the material is random. We then lightly sanded the original side to clean the material prior to shipping.
The Flooring came from several buildings and barn structures from Ohio, as well as from the Johnson City train depot. It was joist material as well. We re-sawed this material, kept the original surface, and added a tongue and groove. The material was then installed, the high sections were handscraped, lightly sanded, and finished with a special mixed tung oil.
The beams were mostly supplied through a barn located by Meyer, Greeson, Paulin, and Benson architects headquartered in Charlotte North Carolina http://www.mgpba.com/, and installed by Carolina Timberworks http://www.carolinatimberworks.com/. Carolina Timberworks did an amazing job with the material. But when two 60 foot beams could not be found to complete the structure, we stepped in to procure that material. After we rejected several beams due to rot or mortise pockets, we finally found two perfect 12×12 inch beams 60 foot long in Montana. These completed the timberframing and were the two jewels of support in the main room.
More pics and updates to come.
We recently completed work in midtowns culinary hot stop. Floors, walls, paneling, tables, and shelving were all milled and manufactured exclusively for Empire State South. Located at 999 Peachtree at the corner of Peachtree and 10th, The Cornerstone Floor Group worked with designers Lisa Fiscus (www.thehawthornehouseinc.com) and Susan Hable (www.hableconstruction.com).
FROM DULUTH TO PEACHTREE
The Oldest House and First Church of Duluth, Georgia. ca 1850
When Chef Hugh Acheson and designer Lisa Fiscus and Susan Hable approached The Cornerstone Floor Group about their concept to build and ﬁnish Empire State South using only local materials and artisans, we had the perfect structure to salvage for their project, the oldest house in Duluth.
Flocked Wallpaper covered most interior walls. Carefully salvaged, block prints on the back identified the paper was manufactured on Sea Island, Georgia.
Just before The Cornerstone Floor Group’s involvement with Lisa and Hugh, we gained the rights to salvage the house in Duluth. We were excited to be able to use all the material from this one source to construct Empire State South with such an amazing local treasure. The Duluth house was built during the 1850’s by Singleton Howell as a private residence. In 1871 he allowed the Duluth Methodists to start church meetings there (thus being the 1st church of Duluth). Two years later he donated another plot of land for them to build their church where it still exists today. In the early 1900’s relative John Christian bought the house and used it as a clinic and ofﬁce for his medical practice until Katherine Willis, the great great niece of Singleton Howell, gained ownership.
Hand Planed Boards on the Ceiling.
When construction costs to restore the house was prohibitive, The Cornerstone Floor Group salvaged the structure in 2010. We deconstructed the house over the course of one month. The material was de-nailed, kiln dried, then re-milled into ﬂoors, paneling, beams and tables. All the surfaces in the restaurant made of heart pine came from this Duluth house. The remaining cypress materials were recovered from the Altamaha River near Darien Georgia.
BOARD AND BATTEN
Exterior Board and Batten of The Duluth house
Board and Batten material in the private dining room of ESS.
The Board and Batten used in the private dining room were reclaimed from the exterior of the oldest house in Duluth. The old paint was removed and the interior face of the boards were hand sanded before milk paint was hand rubbed into the grain of the wood.
Original hand planed wall paneling
The bar area ﬂoors
The Floors throughout the ESS bar and entry were reclaimed from the interior wall boards of the Duluth house. The walls were originally toungue and groove 12 inch wide material that ran the lengths of the original rooms. When this material was originally installed, carpenters hand planed the paneling in place to smooth any uneven surfaces. The private dining ﬂoor was the original ﬂoor and the main dining ﬂoor was made from other interior wall boards found throughout the house.
THE PANELING AND SHELVES
A typical swamp area of the Altamaha river
Re-milled pecky cypress
The bar shelves, columns, and pecky paneling in the bar area were constructed from sunken cypress logs we reclaimed from the Altamaha river near Darien Georgia. The material was reclaimed by ﬂoating the logs to the surface one by one. These cypress trees easily attained ages of 1500 years prior to their natural fall or axed men in the 1800’s. The color variation is due to different exposure and uptake of minerals where they sunk. The pecky cypress is caused by a naturally occuring fungus.
river recovered cypress shelving