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The following are our most popular blog posts to date:
WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW WHERE YOUR RECLAIMED WOOD COMES FROM
SERENITY NOW WITH WOOD
15 GREY WOOD DESIGN IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME
VERSATILE SNOW FENCE WOOD RE-PURPOSED.

2016

Visit Wyoming for your next vacation.
12
August

WYOMING SUMMER VACATION SPOTS

Did you know that Wyoming also features stunning natural scenery? And not just in Yellowstone National Park, either! Here's a list a few of our favorite summer vacation spots here in our home state of Wyoming [...]

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Centennial Woods milling options for reclaimed wood include shiplap, tongue and groove, bevel lap, and more.
28
July

SHOU SUGI BAN RECLAIMED WOOD

This Japanese technique of charring wood beautifies and preserves it, as well as making it more fire resistant. Yes, you read that right: charring wood with fire makes it more resistant to fire! [...]

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Serenity now with wood.
16
June

WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW WHERE YOUR RECLAIMED WOOD COMES FROM

The importance of knowing where your reclaimed wood comes from isn’t just about sustainability or being eco-conscious; it’s also about your health [...]

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Serenity now with wood.
9
June

SERENITY NOW WITH WOOD

Think back on some of your favorite places whether they are homes, shops, restaurants, or business places. Chances are they have some things in common and one of those things is more than likely the use of wood in design [...]

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Illegally sourced lumber is a continuing problem.
2
June

LEED TAKES A STAND AGAINST ILLEGAL WOOD

Since its introduction in 1999, LEED has been a leader in promoting green building practices. Its goal is to reduce the impact building materials, and the building industry in general, have on the environment. Some of the global problems it was designed to protect against include pollution of potable water supplies and degradation of forests. Unfortunately, having a LEED certification does not mean that all of the wood used was harvested legally [...]

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Using thin edges of sawn reclaimed wood planks for art projects and wall accents.
26
May

RECYCLING & UPCYCLING: TRENDS IN DESIGN

Whether you are designing a new home or renovating an old one, you have to get your materials from somewhere. These days, it is more and more common for designers to use recycled products instead of virgin materials in their design [...]

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Millennials and green living.
18
May

HOW MILLENNIALS ARE MAKING THE OLD NEW AGAIN WITH GREEN LIVING

When you think of green living in regards to building homes, do you think about modern energy-efficient appliances? Or maybe the location and orientation of the house to reduce the cost of heating and cooling? Or do you think about the types of building materials? A recent [...]

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Reclaimed wood spiral staircase.
5
May

CELEBRITY HOMES EMBRACE SUSTAINABLE WOOD

The Beverly Hills home of actress and fashion entrepreneur Lauren Conrad is up for sale, and just look at the photos of her gorgeous penthouse featured in the Los Angeles Times. The 3,000-square-foot condo [...]

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Close up of a Wyoming snow fence.
14
April

THE RECLAIMED WOOD AND SAFE TRAVEL CONNECTION

With another Spring storm heading into Wyoming this weekend we’d like to review the source of our reclaimed wood. Snow fences are essential for safe travel [...]

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Reclaimed wood construction.
8
April

EMBRACING GREEN LIVING WHEN BUILDING A HOME

More and more people are considering green living. Truly embracing the concept doesn’t just mean that [...]

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Salvaged wood fireplace surround.
31
March

USE RECYCLED WOOD IN YOUR NEXT HOME PROJECT

Recently, recycled wood is being used in everything from custom home building to simple DIY projects. If you are building a custom home, recycled wood can be used for [...]

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USGBC logo.
24
March

LEED CERTIFICATION AND RECLAIMED WOOD

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important to the commercial sector. The Governance & Accountability Institute cited a mere 19 percent of S&P 500 corporations engaged in reporting on sustainability in the year 2010 [...]

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Centennial Woods reclaimed wood coffee table.
17
March

RECLAIMED WOOD FURNITURE

Reclaimed wood that comes from the snow fences in the plains and mountains of Wyoming has unique grain patterns and textures from the forces of nature. These unique patinas give warm accents [...]

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Reclaimed wood in modern design.
11
March

15 GREY WOOD DESIGN IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME

Grey is the hottest color in the design and architectural fields right now – and with good reason. Grey is the new neutral, bringing just enough interest, but still pairing beautifully with other colors and finishes inside and out. With this new trend toward grey comes a focus on things such as grey wood as [...]

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Photo of Frank Lloyd Wright.
3
March

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT: THE MODERN ARCHITECT IN NON-MODERN TIMES

From time to time Centennial Woods will be exploring architects and designers that inspire us; this is the first post in a series: Frank Lloyd Wright was beyond his time in ideologie [...]

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BRExpo Atlanta 2016.
25
Feb

VISIT CENTENNIAL WOODS AT BREXPO 2016

Centennial Woods is excited to announce our participation in the upcoming Builder Remodeler Expo on March 8-9 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA [...]

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Reclaimed wood in contemporary design.
22
Feb

CONTEMPORARY USES FOR RECLAIMED WOOD

A lot of people tend to overlook reclaimed wood as a contemporary style piece, thinking of it instead as just a rustic application product. We’re happy to see, though, that more and more people and designers are using reclaimed wood in a contemporary space to add some personality and warmth. If you’re interested in adding [...]

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Recycled wood on a home.
15
Feb

RECYCLING AND UPCYCLING: RECLAIMED WOOD AND RUSTY STEEL IN HOME DESIGN

Using recycled and upcycled building materials may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re renovating or in the construction planning phase of your home or business. However, it may actually be the perfect choice. Unique and extremely eco-friendly, recycled wood and steel can add interesting, one-of-a-kind qualities to your project [...]

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Pinterest reclaimed wood photos.
12
Feb

3 PINTEREST PROJECTS TO DO WITH RECLAIMED WOOD WORKING

Reclaimed Wood & Reclaimed wood working is great for a few reasons. First, you are doing the environment a favor, by upcycling something that might otherwise end up in a land fill. Who doesn’t feel good about that? But you also end up with unique projects you are excited to show your friends. Centennial Woods sells [...]

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NAHB logo
5
Feb

A DISCOVERY OF THE BUILDING UNIVERSE: THE 2016 INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS’ SHOW

“Discover the Building Universe” was the theme of the National Association of Home Builders-2016 International Builders’ Show. Held January 19-21 in Las Vegas Nevada, this is the most important trade show of the year for the home building industry. The show participants were building industry professionals from around the world who displayed an expansive array [...]

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Recycle graphic image.
27
Jan

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE: HOW SUSTAINABLE WOOD FITS THE BILL

More than ever, American’s are thinking “green.” With the recent resolutions at this year’s Climate Change Summit in Paris, it’s clear that this is a global initiative and not just a sitting trend. But how can something as simple as sustainable wood play into the three “R”s of the environment? Reduce Arguably the most important [...]

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Reclaimed wood floors.
25
Jan

SUSTAINABLE WOOD FLOORING BENEFITS AND CARE

Wood has been a popular flooring for centuries because of its high durability and easy maintenance. Wyoming reclaimed snow fence flooring is a wood floor that lives and breathes history. Each piece of wood used to construct the flooring is unique and no two are truly identical which gives the floor its own character. The [...]

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Reclaimed wood infographic.
19
Jan

RECLAIMED LUMBER: VERSATILE SNOW FENCE WOOD RE-PURPOSED

In this day and age, the preservation and conservation of our natural resources has become an even more important aspect of our lives. As many of us—individuals and companies alike—strive for a more earth-friendly approach to building furniture, homes, and establishments, the popularity of reclaimed lumber has skyrocketed. One such type of reclaimed lumber is [...]

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LEED v4 graphic image.
13
Jan

USGBC MEMBERS FINALLY APPROVED LEED V4 AND WE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER!

As a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified business, Centennial Woods is committed to offering our customers reclaimed wood that is sustainable sourced. So when we heard that the US Green Building Council (USGBC) had finally approved LEED v4, we were elated. It’s been a long, slow process trying to get this program approved: three years, six comment [...]

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Winter storm approaching a Wyoming snow fence.
11
Jan

SAVE A TREE – USE SUSTAINABLE RECLAIMED WOOD FROM THE PLAINS OF WYOMING

The wind blows hard through the Wyoming plains. From the tundra of the Canadian arctic it is a straight shot to the cowboy state. In the winter, blizzards blow through, obliterating visibility and burying the roads. It was in response to this that, the settlers of Wyoming built their snow fences, to protect their homes [...]

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Snow fence in a wind turbine farm in Wyoming.
8
Jan

SUSTAINABILITY AND ECO-FRIENDLY HABITS CAN HELP GROW YOUR BUSINESS – HERE’S HOW

The secret is out – sustainability and eco-friendly habits can help grow your business in many different ways, from cost savings to attracting new customers. The basic idea is to reduce the negative footprint your business has on the environment, which is easier to do than you may think and many times has the extra added benefit [...]

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Pile of salvaged wood.
5
Jan

HOW DOES THE WASTE FACTOR IMPACT THE PRICING OF RECLAIMED WOOD?

When you buy reclaimed wood, you’re paying for more than just the wood you see. The amount of waste also plays a part in how much that wood costs. The waste factor is the amount of unusable wood that has to be trimmed away before the wood can be reused. But, how does the waste [...]

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2015

NWF logo.
23
Dec

THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION TAKES SUSTAINABLE WOOD PRODUCTS SERIOUSLY

All educated people know how essential forests are to ecosystems, people, the environment, and to the health and well-being of the planet. Many consumers are looking for wood products that are Eco-friendly and do not deplete or diminish old-growth forests. Sustainable wood products are an innovative lumber choice because they reuse previously harvested wood for [...]

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Reclaimed wood is popular with tiny home builders.
15
Dec

GOING GREEN: 16 TOP BUILDERS AND ARCHITECTS WHO CHOSE TO GO ECO-FRIENDLY

Being eco-friendly is an issue that Centennial Woods considers one of its top priorities, so for this post we rounded-up some of the most influential people in the home building industry and asked them, “Why are you passionate about building green homes?” The answers we received are absolutely inspiring: “Since the beginning of our company [...]

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Old, distressed barnwood siding.
14
Dec

RECYCLED WOOD: A SUSTAINABLE, UNIQUE & STYLISH ADDITION TO ANY PROJECT

Utilizing recycled wood is an elegant way to add sophistication and style to a home or commercial establishment. Uses of reclaimed timber range from small statement pieces to entire walls paneled with reclaimed wood panels. Distinguished residences and businesses feature floors, ceilings, exterior walls, doors, and roofing crafted from reclaimed lumber. These tasteful details add ambiance [...]

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Greenbuild Editor's choice 2015.
5
Nov

CENTENNIAL WOODS™ ANNOUNCED AS GREENBUILD EDITOR’S CHOICE HONOREE FOR 2015

Centennial Woods™ recently returned from the first Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Verona, Italy. After that amazing and inspirational journey, we’ve now found out that we’ve been selected as a Greenbuild Editor’s Choice Honoree for 2015. This honor means we’ll be showcased in the Greenbuild Special Edition 2015, in conjunction with the next Greenbuild [...]

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Shiplap milled reclaimed wood.
3
Nov

SHIPLAP: WHAT IS IT AND WHY SHOULD I WANT IT?

Working with reclaimed wood is not just good for the planet, it also provides consumers with the opportunity to rediscover and reuse forgotten materials in a variety of unique ways. Shiplapping is one popular milling technique that can bring a smooth, seamless finish to your reclaimed wood design. In fact, shiplap is a favorite material [...]

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Greenbuild 2015 Expo logo.
21
Oct

GREENBUILD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND EXPO – A WYOMING PERSPECTIVE

The first-ever Greenbuild International Conference and Expo just took place in Verona, Italy. Building professionals from around the world, including Wyoming’s own Centennial Woods™, participated in the three-day event designed to increase knowledge and spread the word about sustainable building and its benefits. Those who made the trip had the opportunity to attend educational sessions taught by experts in their [...]

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Centennial Woods weave pattern for reclaimed wood tables.
9
Oct

RECLAIMED WOODWORKING: BREATHING LIFE INTO A PIECE OF HISTORY

Reclaimed woodworking is a unique process that breathes new life into a piece of history. Each piece of reclaimed wood tells a story about the life it has lived and has its own distinguishing characteristics. Reclaimed wood boasts swirls and colored patterns on its surface that have been etched by the hands of time and [...]

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Salvaged wood used in new home construction for added character.
15
Feb

HOW TO INCORPORATE RUSTIC DESIGN INTO (OFTEN CHARACTERLESS) NEW CONSTRUCTION

Buyers seeking to purchase a new home are often faced with a conundrum: they want character but are leery of the challenges that can accompany an older home. From unstable foundations to outdated and sometimes dangerous electrical systems to faulty plumbing the risks can be high. Consider utilizing reclaimed wood in a new build. While it’s easy for [...]

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Quality reclaimed wood
25
Sept

4 WAYS TO KNOW YOU’RE GETTING HIGH-QUALITY RECLAIMED WOOD

When you choose reclaimed wood for a project, you’ll receive a number of advantages. It’s eco-friendly and it offers a unique aesthetic to your project. Part of using reclaimed wood, however, is understanding how to know you’re getting high-quality reclaimed wood. Make sure that the wood is dry and free from rot. Depending on where it was [...]

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Finish options for recycled wood.
18
Sept

WHY CHOOSING THE RIGHT FINISH FOR YOUR RECLAIMED WOOD MATTERS

Why Choosing the Right Finish for Your Reclaimed Wood Matters Using reclaimed wood in your home is a beautiful way to add depth and character to any space. Not only is it an eco-friendly material, but reclaimed wood’s versatility also allows it to be incorporated into many different styles of design, from clean and contemporary [...]

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Wyoming Autumn scene.
11
Sept

FALL HOME PROJECTS: CHANGING WITH THE WEATHER

The temperatures are cooling, leaves are turning to vibrant hues of red, orange and yellow, and you can just smell the campfire smoke, dusty hay bales, and pumpkin spice hanging in the air. Like a nesting instinct spun on by our senses, we begin packing away our summer clothes and pulling out our sweaters [...]

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Modern reclaimed wood siding.
4
Sept

EXTERIOR RECLAIMED WOOD ACCENTS HIGHLIGHT SUSTAINABLE RESOURCEFULNESS

Wood has and always will be a resource for building. Finding ways to repurpose this resource is important to its sustainability, hence, reclaimed wood’s importance in modern design. Reclaimed wood is a beautiful alternative for accenting the exterior of any home and is the perfect way to highlight your resourcefulness. When considering using reclaimed wood [...]

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Sustainable wood designs.
26
Aug

RECLAIMED WOOD SETS THE PACE FOR SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

Contemporary home design is vast in its styles. Some of the most common elements incorporate clean lines, open floor plans, asymmetry, and the use of natural materials. This differs drastically from the throw-away styles of the past, when the epitome of a modern home was bright, shiny, new everything. In response, homeowners are now beginning [...]

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Green building graphic image.
21
Aug

GREEN BUILDING TRENDS/PRACTICES TO LOOK FOR IN 2015 & BEYOND!

Green building trends and practices are not just buzzwords — as more and more homeowners become conscious about their carbon footprint (and as more homeowners become aware of the various savings that “going green” brings), green building is becoming an every day part of construction. Here, then, are some trends to look for in 2015 [...]

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Exterior reclaimed wood wall.
13
Aug

TELL A STORY WITH RECYCLED WOOD

For the creative soul, modern dwellings can feel dull and lifeless. It seems like everywhere you look, you’re faced with the same lackluster building materials as every other home in your neighborhood. Well, if you’re a dreamer who longs for a home with more character, incorporating recycled wood into your next remodeling project is the [...]

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Outdoor living space with reclaimed wood.
31
Jul

TRANSFORM OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES BY INCORPORATING WEATHERED WOOD

Both home and commercial settings benefit from outdoor living spaces. Homeowners take a break from their humdrum daily activities to experience the beauty of nature and enjoy the companionship of friends and family. Similarly, workers escape the drudgery of their occupational lives to enjoy a serene moment or convene for special activities. The recreational nature of outdoor living [...]

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Reclaimed wood used in high end project.
23
Jul

RECLAIMED WOOD FOR HIGH END PROJECTS

Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing home, you’ve probably heard of the idea of using reclaimed wood for flooring, cabinetry, feature walls, furniture etc… You may have rejected the idea with the thought that reclaimed wood is too “weathered” for use in a high-end project such as yours. You may have [...]

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Greenbuild graphic image.
16
Jul

CENTENNIAL WOODS™ NAMED GREENBUILD’S EDITOR’S CHOICE FOR 2015

Centennial Woods™ is honored to be named Greenbuild’s Editor’s Choice in the 2015US Builders Review. The International Greenbuild Conference and Expo is the largest conference in the world dedicated to green building. Each year the magazine recognizes standout businesses from among the participants that are dedicated to sustainable environmental practices in their daily operation. We are proud to [...]

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FSC logo.
13
Jul

THE STORY BEHIND FSC® RECYCLED WOOD

The concept of recycling forest products goes back quite a while. The reclaimed wood industry got its start as early as the 1970s, using wood from barns, snow fences and corrals, among other sources. For anyone concerned about conserving forests and preserving our natural heritage, using recycled wood is a good step – but it [...]

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Big business using reclaimed wood.
2
Jul

RECLAIMED WOOD ENTICES MAJOR BRANDS FOR BUILDING PROJECTS

Reclaimed wood has advanced from concept to use in almost every field that wood could be used in. Major branded companies have decided to include reclaimed wood in their corporate culture. Starbucks to Amazon, Google, and Shake Shack have all brought the beauty and utility of reclaimed wood into their point of sales locations and corporate [...]

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Recycle image.
30
Jun

RECLAIMED WOOD: THE GREENER WAY TO BUILD

There’s nothing like authentic wood for creating a warm and inviting feel in your home or business. If you’re considering adding a wood feature to your space, however, you also know there are environmental concerns when it comes to using fresh lumber. Ecologically conscious builders may try to avoid using new wood in an attempt [...]

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