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Old lumber is a trend for some of the best new homes

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Reclaimed lumber is among the most environmentally friendly building materials because, as any 12-year-old can explain, recycling is good for us and the planet.

The wood is beautiful. A floor of salvaged antique heart pine glows with the patina of decades, even centuries. Every piece of barn siding is uniquely weathered, which gives a one-of-a-kind appeal to walls and furniture.

And, say Paul Atkinson of Southend Reclaimed and Jonathan Kauffman of Kauffman and Co., buyers appreciate the…

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