Remarkable Reclaimed Woods From Carlisle

By Annette Callari, Allied ASID; Chair Holder, CMG

Carlisle-Heart-Pine_300Carlisle Wide Plank Floors is headquartered in Stoddard, New Hampshire.  That’s befitting given the roots of American colonization.  The Northeast is rich in heritage and structures that resonate with American history.  Early Americans built things that were meant to last, and that they have!  Consequently, Carlisle is able to bring to market today beautifully crafted woods, steeped in history.  I think it’s especially important to note that this company is committed to responsible reclamation of these remarkable woods.  They embrace strict Forest Stewardship Council guidelines.   As a designer, that’s what drew me to them in the first place and inspired me to share this source with you

Reclaimed (antique) wood floors fascinate me.  Without a doubt, there is a story behind every one of them, which adds to the value and mystique.  Carlisle is able to offer a select variety of species:  reclaimed chestnut floors, “Grandpa’s” wood floors, reclaimed heart pine floors, reclaimed barnwood floors, reclaimed oak floors, and reclaimed original surface barnwood paneling.  The natural distressing and markings of the woods give it character and make each floor totally unique.

The word “provenance” is often associated with items of antique origin.  Without a doubt, these beautiful wood floors have a unique story (or provenance) behind them.  I love the wording Carlisle uses on their website:  “When you purchase Carlisle Reclaimed/Antique wood flooring, you’re not just a customer, you’re a custodian.” I don’t think anyone can say it better than that.

Just to give you a sampling of their work, I chose two projects from their website to feature in this article.  The first is the Hermitage Inn in West Dover, Vermont.  The floor featured is Longleaf Heart Pine and it accomplished exactly what the designer was hoping to:  a cozy, comfortable environment that quietly echoes the past.  Here are the correlating specifications:

Hermitage Inn

Location: West Dover, Vermont

Floor Number: 534

Lead Time: 4 to 8 weeks

Wood Type: Longleaf Heart Pine Floors

Historic Stain: Copper Mine

Installed Over: n/a

Handmade Surfaces: None

Plank Face Width: 5″ to 11″ random widths

Plank Thickness: 3/4″, 5/8″ or 1/2″

Plank Length: random lengths, averaging 11′ long

Milled Profile: Tongue and Groove; Stress Reliefs

Brown-Maple_300The second project featured is from the Culinary Training Center in Elk Grove, Illinois.  You would expect this to be a state-of-the-art culinary facility, and it is.  However, this is where modernity meets history to create an exquisite juxtaposition of design styles.  And, without a doubt, they complement each other beautifully.

Specifications are as follows:

Culinary Training Center

Location: Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Floor Number: 642

Lead Time: 4 to 8 weeks

Wood Type: Brown Maple Floors

Historic Stain: Carlisle Clear

Installed Over: Concrete Slab

Handmade Surfaces: None

Plank Face Width: All 5″ wide

Plank Thickness: 3/4″, 5/8″ or 1/2″

Plank Length: random lengths, averaging 7-8′ long

Milled Profile: Tongue and Groove; Stress Reliefs

In addition to the magnificent reclaimed woods, Carlisle also offers hardwoods, engineered hardwoods, pre-finished hardwoods, and custom on-site finishing.  Take a tour of their portfolio at They have showrooms in NYC, Stoddard, NH, Denver, CO, Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL and (most recently opened), Los Angeles, CA.