Dale Lehmer, owner of Antique Woods and Colonial Restorations (AWCR), has been working with antique barns and homes all across America for about 45 years now. He started working full time taking down barns in the early 70s to sell the siding and beams that became popular for home restorations at that time.
Over the years, Dale and his company have literally dismantled over a thousand barns, log and timber-frame homes, churches, covered bridges, train stations, privies, and other assorted sheds and early structures. After several years of dismantling and studying these structures, he completed the cycle and started rebuilding them as homes, offices, stores, art galleries, mills, horse barns, and many other creative re-uses of these magnificent historical artifacts.
Today, due to his age, Dale has several independent experienced firms that do the dismantling of the frames that he then purchases and brings to his shop in Upstate NY for cleaning, repairs, adaptations, and future sales.
His firm has helped to design and rebuild scores of barn - home conversions, timber frame additions, numerous antique log homes and other colonial structures. Dale's love and knowledge of early structures and antique woods is clearly evident if you will take the time to browse through the photo section of our main web site.
AWCR knows barns and early structures. They know what can be done with them, they understand the structural components, how to rebuild them in a cost efficient manner, how to convert them to many different uses, and how to incorporate other antique lumbers into an overall theme. Not only can they help you find a truly magnificent barn frame or log house, they can help work with you on conceptual design and drawings for home conversions and other creative uses that can then be taken to your architect or engineer for refinement, review, and stamping. If you would like to look more closely into what AWCR and Dale can do for you, please visit our other web sites:
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