25. Salvage old wood when possible
We've consistently seen in TOH projects that old-growth woods perform better than new. Their growth rings are much tighter than today's plantation-raised species, making them more stable, rot-resistant, and hard-wearing. That's why we always try to recondition original wood windows, lay down recycled-wood floors, and celebrate the beauty of old wood beams whenever we encounter them. The entryway at the 2006 Cambridge house lined in recycled wine barrels showed how beautiful old wood can be.