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.