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Active Interest Media
The comprehensive resource for professionals involved in restoring old buildings or designing and constructing new buildings in traditional styles.
The comprehensive resource for professionals involved in residential restoration and renovation, as well as the design and construction of new homes built in traditional styles.
Targeted information about service providers in the field of building restoration and renovation, both commercial and residential.
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Traditional Product Galleries
Traditional Product Galleries is a micro site showcasing—in big, colorful photography—thousands of items tailored to the requirements of restoration and renovation projects and new designs done in a period style, both residential and commercial.
Traditional Building Portfolio
Traditional Building Portfolio is a micro site containing a world of information about traditional building and design, both commercial and residential. It includes hundreds of articles on design and building projects, leading architectural firms, topics of note to working professionals, and major awards programs, along with forums and blogs bearing the opinions of leaders in the field.
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The Palladio Awards Program
is designed to honor outstanding achievement in traditional design. The program recognizes individual designers, design teams, or both whose work enhances the beauty and humane qualities of the built environment through creative interpretation or adaptation of design principles developed through 2,500 years of the Western architectural tradition.
The Traditional Building
Exhibition and Conference
World-class educational opportunities and a wide array of resources and products for professionals who work in the field of building restoration, renovation, and historically inspired new construction.
Antique Wood Flooring, Timbers & Boards
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Antique wood is superior to newly milled wood on two counts: appearance and engineering properties. Just about all antique wood available today is recycled virgin-forest slow-growth timber, which gives it a tight grain structure that is far stronger than today's fast-growth softwoods. In addition, the grain structure and patina of antique boards are far more visually pleasing in many applications than newly cut and milled wood.
Most of today's antique wood comes from two sources:
recycled beams and boards from demolished 19th-century buildings and
barns and recovered "sinker" logs that sank in America's waterways many
decades ago as they were being floated to sawmills. Thus, antique wood
has to be considered a finite resource, and diminishing, resource. Because of
superior properties, a growing demand and comparatively limited sources, antique
wood is a premium material and is priced accordingly.