Brooklyn Reclaimed: Restoring History in your Home

Brooklyn Reclaimed uses its unique talent and well-earned reputation to remake pieces of history into functional art for your home's interior design.

By Stephanie Hell
With inspiration from Brooklyn Reclaimed

 

Whether it’s flooring, shelves, or beams supporting an elevated ceiling, few things are better than the feel and atmosphere created by real wood in your home. But that doesn’t mean there’s no room for improvement. Enter Brooklyn Reclaimed.

 

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Reclaimed wood is even better than pre-fab lumber mill wood because it comes with organic and touchable history. That’s why Brooklyn Reclaimed uses reclaimed wood from the New York area to build one-of-kind marvels for its customers.

 

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Artfully crafted with more than 20 years of master carpenter experience behind it, each design is made possible by M. Fine Lumber company. The 80-year-old company gathers raw and rare lumber materials from the New York area’s rich and diverse history. Brooklyn Reclaimed restores woodworks from pre-demolished homes and structures as well as famous homegrown architecture, such as the old Domino Sugar Refinery built in 1882 on Brooklyn’s waterfront.

 

Tim Spence of Brooklyn Reclaimed is passionate about making old things new again through the legacy of his home city. He serves customers both locally and nationally.

 

“We work with architects, designers, contractors, bar owners, and homeowners,” says Tim.

 

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His work never gets dull, he says.

 

“The requests I get are always interesting and new.”

 

He especially likes to handle projects for customers looking for anything from furniture and panels to mantels made from a sturdy piece of reclaimed wood.

 

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“Some of our favorite projects are when clients come in with a concept or image for their particular piece to fill a space — whether that be in a living room, kitchen, bedroom, or office,” he says. “They have an idea for a custom piece to complement a space. This gives us a great start to working with the customer to come up with a one-of-a-kind piece that they had a part in creating.”

 

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It’s easy to see the quality of the wood Brooklyn Reclaimed uses. Back in the day, lumber wasn’t processed or milled, yet it still stands the test of time.

 

Tim’s group takes a huge amount of pride in what they do.

 

“I love seeing something beautiful being created out of raw chunks of material,” says Tim. “It's extremely satisfying. Even more so when you create it out of material that some would consider construction waste or more simply, ‘garbage.’”

 

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“It’s great to see a raw piece that's been supporting a building somewhere in Brooklyn for 80 years be turned into a beautiful table.”

 

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When you consider using a piece of the old Riegelmann Boardwalk (aka Coney Island Boardwalk) or honest-to-goodness hardwood remnants of a 19th-century church in your home as a bench or kitchen table, you are bringing in decades of craftsmanship — both old and new.

 

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It should also be no surprise that Brooklyn Reclaimed has grown from a business of walk-in customers to a long list returning clients.

 

Brooklyn Reclaimed’s pricing depends a great deal on how distinctive a design is, and the amount of work needed to make sure it’s exactly what the customer wants.

 

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From a small table to a yards-long mahogany bar, Tim Spence and Brooklyn Reclaimed’s master woodworkers use their unique talent and well-earned pride to remake pieces of history into meaningful parts of your home. Just like the past, its meaning will never fade.

 

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