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Best of Chicago Design: New floors from old trees

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

Founded 44 years ago by a historic preservationist frustrated with the sterile monotony of modern wood flooring, Carlisle has longstanding relationships with sawmills that give the firm first pick of old-growth timber from sustainable forests. “We’ll find the widest boards with the tightest grain possible,” says product management director Scott Jones, who explains that Carlisle mills every floor to order, one painstakingly bespoke board at a time. They’ll even hand-scrape planks to give you that authentic 200-year-old farmhouse look.

445 N. WELLS ST., 800-595-9663, CHICAGO.WIDEPLANKFLOORING.COM

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