Hopefully we will be getting Salvagefaire up and running in the next couple of months or less. Here are some shots of the progress on our truly state of the ART salvage market and town of Salvage, Texas. As yet unincorporated, it has a bright future ahead that will be followed around the world and draw visitors from everywhere who have a love for the pieces of the past, sustainable living, prepping for simpler lifestyles, and downsizing to fit into the new world ahead. Hope you like the pictures and consider joining me in forming this incredible market for a generation who believes that sustainable living is not only possible, it is the only choice we will have in the future.
Yes, a Mega-door-yay ceiling built from giant pocket doors that come from as far away as Buffalo, New York, Chicago, and St. Louis where they once occupied mansions.
After the salvaged and somewhat ugly doors go up onto the ceiling, I hand rubbed the Walnut Oil and a bit of Dark Pure Tung Oil to see how each would look on the light wood, but just used the Walnut Oil on the dark doors and Black Walnut beams. Even the damaged area looks much better on the beams with oil applied, even just the first coat. That is some work though reaching overhead with the rags the whole time to work the oil into the crevices. Better to do it in advance while standing above them, but I was glad to get the carpentry done when we did and we were not sure until the last minute, which were the final doors we would use. It is worth it to do it now.
The Megadoorah Ceiling for Salvagefaire is a test run for a Tiny Texas House built totally using doors for the interior skins. This would cut the cost and speed up the building process for many people. Likewise for use in houses, doors are the best bang for the buck you can get. Here is a $20,000 ceiling if you had it made from scratch, maybe more with the Black Walnut, faux painted panels, and solid lumber antique pocket doors. Even the massive crown was salvaged and nearly the size we needed. Several types of wood, from Oak, Pine, Cypress, Black Walnut, and Butternut are mixed into the manifestation from imagination and a big collection of doors.
Using Salvage you can build such a ceiling for less than $10,000 in materials, if you paid retail for all of the doors, crown, and beams to build this ceiling with such classic woods. Labor was two or three days with two guys. What would it be from scratch to make that many raised panels from antique vintage flawless lumber? Several times that at least in labor and the cost of some of the lumber will amaze you at over $12 per square foot, the entire ceiling is nearly two inches thick so the cost for the wood would exceed $5,000 if you could find it, and before you milled it into the parts and put them together. Such skilled labor as this requires can not be found for under $25 an hour to make such doors, more for the faux painter of that quality as to do the panels on the interior doors to look like Black Walnut.
Truly a great way to create the most incredible paneled ceilings out of woods you will seldom see in such form otherwise. These doors are from 1 3/4″ thick to 2 1//4″ and run from 8’6″ tall to 9’6″ tall. Some weigh a good 100 lbs too, and the depth of the panels which are made from single slabs of wood, give it a great look.
The beams are Black Walnut and came from a mansion in Terrill Hills which is a gentrification neighborhood in San Antonio, Tx. where they tear down 1 million dollar houses to build 5-10 million dollar houses instead.
So much to put into stuff sitting in stock and just waiting for the right person and chance to be reformed into something incredible that will last for another century or two. This restaurant ceiling is part of an entire structure built inside of a storage building using 95% Pure Salvage Materials, and making it one of the most unique places on IH 10 to visit on the trip across country. Soon we will offer music venues for concerts, events like bike and car rallies, and much more with the market for all things organic, salvaged, crafted, and never freshly imported on its way to the land fill crap.