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Meet the Team: Gary Horvath, Owner

Did you know that our owner Gary Horvath has over 35 years of experience in the hardwood flooring business? Gary started working at the age of 15 with Anderson Flooring based in Hackensack, NJ, where he learned the basics and gained his valuable knowledge and expertise. In 1992 Gary, along with his wife Lisa, established A.T.C Hardwood Flooring, Inc.

After seeing that there was a need for proper installation of reclaimed wood flooring, Gary and Lisa opened Real Antique Wood, where we turn antique wood into flooring, furniture, and more. Gary and Lisa weren't exactly sure where this whole reclaimed wood thing would go and they are truly astonished and humbled every day at the lives we touch with our love for old wood.

Gary holds several degrees through the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) including Craftsman, Master Craftsman, and Vanguard. He is also a Bona Certified Craftsman. He is actively involved in continuing education sometimes as the student and sometimes as the teacher!

Gary's expertise ranges from:

  • Expert at installing solid wood over concrete and over radiant heat
  • Expert sub floor repair work
  • Historical renovation expert
  • Expert installation and waxing of reclaimed wood floors

If we could bottle Gary up he would be the most highly caffeinated energy drink on the market. Gary's days are never identical and he can be found at the mill, taking down a barn in Ohio, on a hardwood flooring job, or on the road looking at a barn prospect. His enthusiasm for all things unique and cool is what infuses Real Antique Wood with its drive to always keep moving forward.

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Levi's Lessons: Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

Welcome to Levi's Lessons! I'm Levi, the shop dog at Real Antique Wood, and I've been trying to get these guys to give me a job since I first got here almost two years ago. We get a lot of questions here at the mill and since I hang around here all day, I've spent a lot of time listening to the answers! I'm ready to give you the inside scoop on all things DIY and old wood. Today's lesson is all about doing a reclaimed wood accent wall since it's one of our most popular requests.


3 Easy Steps to Your Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

Step 1: Tack up 1/4″ plywood to the wall. This is also sometimes called lauan wood. It can be found at any lumberyard or home improvement store.

Step 2: Paint the plywood a dark brown or black matte. Allow it to dry completely.

Step 3: Put up your beautiful reclaimed wood!

Here's a perfect execution from one of our happy customers:

Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned for more of Levi's Lessons!

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Client Spotlight: The Coffee Box

We love when interior designers and business owners outfit their spaces with our antique wood. There's nothing like seeing our material, tables, and more in a carefully crafted restaurant or home. 

The Coffee Box in Plainfield, New Jersey perfectly captures the clean yet rustic aesthetic that we love so very much. Check out our custom made pine communal table, our antique oak flooring, and the red barn siding on the counter face. The space is absolutely beautiful — not to mention cozy and full of delicious treats! 

Best of luck to our friends at The Coffee Box. Check them out if you're ever in the area!

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100% Recycled 🌲 💚 ♻️

Did you know that we are really into recycling? It might seem obvious since we are a reclaimed wood company, but our love for recycling and repurposing has deeper roots than you realize!

Barn Wood - This one is a given, but we love what we do so much we can't stop talking about it. We dismantle barns built 100-150 years ago and bring the antique wood back to our mill where we turn it into beautiful flooring, furniture, and more. 

Wood Scraps - Our reclaimed wood is then recycled again when the scraps that we can't use wind up in our big wood dumpster. This is where we invite crafters and do-it-yourselfers to use the wood scraps from our custom flooring and furniture for their projects! Any wood that isn't used by our friends is collected and turned into mulch. 

Metal - Ever wonder what happens to all of the antique nails that we find in our barn wood? Once the wood comes back to the mill, our awesome crew removes each and every nail during our detailing process. The nails are then recycled at a local scrap yard, melted down, and used again! (Don't worry - we do save some of them for their cool factor.)

Dust - We produce a lot of sawdust. A lot. Our sawdust is collected and given to a western New Jersey horse farm that boards 150 horses. There it is used on the stall floors, collected once soiled, and put into a compost system where it turns into fertilizer. That fertilizer is then used to grow new grass on the horse farm property that the horses will one day eat and start the cycle over again!

We love being able to preserve our collective American history while also being conscious of our future! 

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Hardwood Flooring with Heart

Sometimes we are so focused on where we're going that we forget to highlight where we've been. Many of you might not know it, but before Real Antique Wood ever existed our owners Gary and Lisa were running a hardwood flooring business. Gary started working in the world of hardwood flooring at the age of 15 where he learned the basics and gained valuable knowledge and expertise. Then in 1992 he and Lisa established A.T.C. Hardwood Flooring

After 38 years of honing his craft and becoming what we like to refer to as "the godfather of hardwood floors" Gary found that there was a need for proper installation of reclaimed wood flooring. So in 2011 Gary and Lisa opened the Real Antique Wood that you know and love today where we turn reclaimed wood into flooring, furniture, and more.

Our reclaimed wood flooring is 100% reclaimed from old barns and other antiquated structures. We absolutely love installing reclaimed wood flooring into homes, restaurants, and businesses. There is something so unique about turning old barn wood into the floor that your family or customers will love and live on for years to come. Whether you're looking to put reclaimed flooring throughout your home or create a historic and eco-conscious atmosphere in your coffee shop, we'd be honored to install our reclaimed wood for you! 

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Free Scrap Wood!

Help us recycle even more! Attention crafters, wood turners, wood carvers, pen makers, toy makers, and tinkerers. The "toothpicks" are really stacking up over here and so we are offering free scrap wood for anyone who wants it. Come by the mill any time to fill up your truck or car with our happy old scraps. Watch out for splinters!

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