Adams Toyota: Setting The Standards With Reclaimed Wood
This past December Crossland Construction was awarded the opportunity to remodel one of the most well known car dealerships in and around Kansas City- Adam’s Toyota. Being a family owned business for over 40 years and always putting customer satisfaction first, Adams Toyota decided to take a progressive approach in the remodeling of their service center to give their customers a unique historical experience while they were at the dealership. What that experience is- is choosing to use reclaimed wood for the walls.
What is so special about that you might ask? In a day and age that is lead by technology or fancy LED signs, and smartphones, people completely over look the craftsmanship that went in to many classical barns that were built in and around the Kansas City area and the intricacy of the craftsmanship it took to build them. Every board portrays a story of the farming culture that built up the Midwestern USA, and if not for that wood to be reclaimed and reused, those stories would eventually be lost to the times. They are in fact a piece of our heritage, and its businesses like Adams Toyota, Crossland Construction, and Jim Drew LLC who keep their stories alive.
In choosing to find the right fit, Crossland Construction decided to use the insight from Jim Drew LLC in regards to selecting the proper reclaimed wood for the project. Jim Drew, who is a local Kansas City native specializes in reclaimed wood projects. Some of his projects include custom hand made furniture, wood floors, and wood wall remodels. In all of his projects, every piece of wood is inspected and refurbished personally by him. For the Adams Toyota Project, Drew decided to use reclaimed wood sourced from old barns found locally in Cladwell County,MO. The two main types of wood that will be used are Oak and Walnut-which are some of the most highly sought after wood types in the market and are ones that Drew feels will be a perfect fit.
Aside from the excitement of the project, it is really about the heritage and the intricacy that reclaimed wood is about:
“Every board is unique and intricate in its own way and tells its own story -there are never two exactly alike. For the most part, all the wood we work with comes from barns where boards were fabricated by individual hands. There is such a sense of beauty associated with a hand hewn boards that tends to get lost today in our search for perfection” – Jim Drew
The project is currently a few months in and looks to be completed by the end of the March. It is refreshing to see businesses like Adams Toyota, Crossland Construction, and Jim Drew LLC incorporating pieces of history into projects like this and showing how unique they can truly be.
More updates to come of the Adams Toyota Project as they become available.