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This Old House: It's About to Get Older

Photographer: Peter Kelly
Photographer: Peter Kelly

Reclaimed lumber! Instead of cutting down new trees for the floors or beams of your house, you salvage material from the nation's (apparently endless) abandoned barns and factories. You have a beautiful, authentic floor, several hundred years old, the barn owner has made a killing and, to top it all off, you've made the environmentally sustainable choice.

Not quite.