Antique Heart Pine Floors in Our Custom Homes

Donnie Shaffer Homes is proud to offer a unique and one-of-a-kind wood that can never be duplicated—antique heart pine floors. Many of our custom homes in Aiken, South Carolina feature antique heart pine floors as it is a favorite flooring option chosen by many of our clients. Here’s why heart pine floors are such a favorable choice for many custom homes.

Why Choose Heart Pine Floors

This flooring combines luxury with stability. Its rich colors give your home a sophisticated, elegant look without sacrificing any durability.
American colonists used to use this lumber for any building purpose—from industrial buildings to bridges—because of its strength and durability. Not to mention, it is rot-resistant and insect-resistant. In fact, the wood was so sought-after that it nearly became extinct in the early 1900’s.

Today, antique heart pine is reclaimed or recovered in a difficult and painstaking process, but such gorgeous wood is worth the trouble. Antique heart pine is a beautiful product of its history. Each floor will have nail holes, knots, cracks, splits in the boards, original saw marks, and color variation—just to name a few remnants from its past life that add to its value and charm. Each marking is unique and cannot be duplicated. Truly, heart pine is one of the most elegant, luxurious flooring options available.

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There is a rich and wonderful story behind each reclaimed or recovered heart pine floor. Our showcase home featured here showcases antique river wood heart pine floors.

In the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries, the most efficient way to transport logs was via our rivers. There was very little if any railroad track, so most sawmills would strategically locate themselves on or very near a river. That way, logs could be floated down river to their sawmill. The logs with the densest heart would often sink to the bottom of the river where they laid perfectly preserved for hundreds of years.

The historic value and recovery process only add to the wood’s rare beauty. The river wood in this beautiful home came from the bottom of the Cape Fear River near Wilmington, NC.


Do you want to build your dream home? Contact Donnie Shaffer Homes in Aiken, South Carolina by calling (803) 643-1718 or emailing lori@donnieshaffer.com. Talk with us about featuring antique heart pine floors in your custom-built home.

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