After a devasting fire, Bingham Lumber opens new Brookline showroom
Walls of windows, salvaged from a Virginia factory, separate the new showroom at Bingham Lumber from the warehouse where reclaimed wood is sold. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER PHOTO)
The company's 28 employees have worked tirelessly to keep the business afloat, moving the offices into one of the warehouses, and building a woodworking shop in another while construction progressed on the main building.
"We're so grateful to them," Bingham said. "They came, they crawled over the mess to find what they were looking for, and they were so patient."
The Binghams have become known for their reclaimed lumber — siding and beams taken from old barns, dragged up from rivers, or salvaged from historic buildings. Their siding can be seen in Life is Good stores and at the local Starbuck's coffee shop, and their paneling was featured on "This Old House." Their custom furniture, made from the recycled timbers, has also drawn national attention.The fire, which was devastating, has led to some important changes, Bingham said. An extensive fire suppression system has been installed in the new building and will be expanded to some of the other buildings on the property. There is also a new alarm system.
Separating the showroom from the warehouse is a wall of windows, taken from an old factory in Virginia, and on the second floor of the building, each of the administrative offices is decorated with different samples of the wood sold at Bingham.
"We've been selling wood out of here for a few weeks, but it will be another month or so before we're totally finished. We'll have an open house in September," he said.
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