Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week ending on Father’s Day Sunday, June 16. 

At Sangamon Reclaimed, we take our physical and mental health seriously. Our all-male team is encouraged to use our on-site gym and live a healthy lifestyle. You might even spot a friendly game of basketball out back every now and then. 

As well as men dying at higher rates than women in nine of the top 10 causes of death in the US, suicide rates amongst men, compared with women, are much higher and increasingly so as men get older. 

It’s important for everyone, men and women, to know that there is always someone to talk to and to listen. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline FREE on 1-800-273-8255 24 hours every day. 

Sangamon Reclaimed founder receives The Outstanding Young Persons of Illinois award


Our founder and president, Brian Frieze, received the Jaycees Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) of Illinois award during a ceremony at the Wyndham Springfield-City Center earlier this month.

The TOYP recognizes young people throughout the state that excel in their chosen fields, endeavors, and show a great commitment to their community.

Brian was recognized in the category of business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to give back to a community that I truly love," said Brian. “To be recognized by the Illinois Jaycees and be among an amazingly talented group of honorees is an outstanding honor that will continue to motivate my professional and personal efforts in the community.”

Zack Patton promoted to Director of Sales at Sangamon Reclaimed

We are very excited to announce that Zack Patton has been promoted to Sangamon Reclaimed’s Director of Sales. Zack, 30, joined our team in May last year as a woodworker. “Zack is an invaluable member of the Sangamon Reclaimed family. He has worked extremely hard to develop his word working skills, is dedicated to moving the company forward, and always goes above and beyond for our customers,” said Sangamon Reclaimed Founder and President, Brian Frieze. 


Zack worked in the banking industry for nine years before joining Sangamon Reclaimed and has a bachelor’s in political science and international studies from Illinois College. “My favorite aspect of the job is that every piece of furniture that we build, big or small, is a custom project and therefore no project is the same and each piece has a different set of challenges to overcome," said Zack. 

He is extremely passionate about continuing Sangamon Reclaimed’s success. “I hope to continue to move the company in a positive direction, I hope to exceed our sales goals and increase the quality and efficiency of the products we put out. As well as, continuing to grow as a furniture maker, I want to expand the types of products we offer our customers to in line with the ever-changing trends of custom wood furniture.”

On the weekends Zack volunteers for the Animal Protective League (APL) transporting animals to PetSmart or Pets Plus for adoption drives. He lives with his wife, Caitlin, in Springfield.

May Sip and Shop at Sangamon Reclaimed

This month’s Saturday Sip and Shop takes place on May 18th and provides an opportunity for customers to visit our store at the weekend, shop, sip on local beverages and meet the team to discuss your next project. 

Handcrafted items are available in our showroom or you are welcome to commission a customized piece. 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Texas Project -Furniture & Architectural Pieces for New Office

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In October, woodworkers TJ and Zack made the 917-mile drive to Austin, Texas to deliver a trailer loaded with furniture and architectural pieces to our client’s offices new site in Texas. 

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Among the many items was a 40inch by 10ft conference table handcrafted from word reclaimed at the Colfax Hardware Store in Colfax, Illinois. The delivery also included nine cabinets, with the cabinet boxes constructed by JC Custom Woodworking, and the cabinet doors handcrafted by our guys at Sangamon Reclaimed. JC Custom Woodworking also engraved two 9ft by 4ft front doors for the project.  

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The 19th-century building that is now home to our client in Austin, Texas has 16 beams, each 13ft, and a further 12, at 12ft, all 12 inches wide and now wrapped in materials reclaimed in, and around, Illinois. 

Our team worked on the project for three weeks and the most complex aspect of the order was the build of 35 panels. Each panel was handcrafted from reclaimed wood (from a building in Chicago), more than 100 years old, bent, twisted, settled and in need of serious attention. The panels were each 3 inches wide cut from pieces anywhere from four to 48 inches wide. Some of the panels are made of 150 pieces. We also delivered 2,500lbs of steel to hang alongside the panels. 

TJ has been a member of our team since 2016 and at 22 years old our youngest. If you’ve purchased one of our Flags for Heroes TJ will have built it for you. Zack, 30, joined us in May last year is our Director of Sales and primarily works on our popular live edge pieces. You can see our live edge tables in local Springfield businesses, such as Free Press Coffee on the MacArthur Boulevard corridor. 

Good as Gold Volunteer Award Winners


Sangamon Reclaimed has received, for the second consecutive year, a mention on Business Honor Roll for the Good as Gold Springfield Volunteer Awards for our Flags for Heroes initiative and additional work in the community. The ceremony takes at the University of Illinois Springfield on April 24th – we’re looking forward to celebrating! It goes without saying, Sangamon Reclaimed would not be where it is today were it not for the support of our customers, family, and friends – so thank you, all. 


Sangamon Reclaimed is now the local supplier of Leatherneck Hardware

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We are very excited to announce that we are now local supplier for Leatherneck Hardware. If you’re looking to add a custom-built reclaimed barn wood door to your home or business, you won’t find anything better than Leatherneck Hardware because we only use the best.

Hanger styles are available in steel or quiet steel. The steel wheels are precisely machined and feature sealed ball bearings that are lifetime lubricated. Finishes include black, brushed nickel, antique bronze, and clear coat to name a few. Ask us for more information. 


The Springfield Area Home Builders Association (SAHBA) Home Expo Best in Show Award

You may have already heard, but we were super excited to receive the Best in Show Award for the 2019 Home Expo. This award is selected by attendees, which makes it all the more special. So, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that attended and voted for us! 

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Designer profile Jamie Llosa is a designer, Don Smith Paint Company

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Jamie Llosa is a designer, as well as the front manager, for Don Smith Paint Company in Springfield, Illinois. She is also currently enrolled in the New York Institute of Art for her accreditation as an interior designer. 

In terms of current design trends, Jamie says she’s seeing a few elements from the past making a comeback. “Wallpaper is hot right now as are gold fixtures.’ 

She loves to recycle wood in her designs as it adds warmth and character, as well as preserving her passion for history. “I love originality! The beauty and character of reclaimed wood bring this element into any space, commercial or residential.’

Pictured is a home built by Brooklynn Homes, for which Jamie is a designer. The beam is a Sangamon Reclaimed piece rescued from an old, unique, Illinois barn. “I believe it really showcases the charm of the beautifully aged history.” 

When it comes to her favorite public building in Springfield, Jamie says it has to be Illinois State Capitol. “I have been very fortunate to be a part of the design team there. I love learning about the history of the building’s decor from the past to the present. The Capitol is my magical place!” 

Jamie loves to shop locally. “On each project, I try to speak to each client’s interests, travels, and lifestyle. I pride myself on incorporating the quality and love for local artists and craftspeople, such as Sangamon Reclaimed in all my designs.”  

Being from a large Italian family, Jamie enjoys cooking and perfecting the perfect pasta dish. Here she is pictured in Florence, Italy last year when she was able to meet some of my relatives for the very first time. 

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New Construction home by Brooklynn Homes -Reclaimed wood by Sangamon Reclaimed. Designed by Jamie Llosa, Don Smith Paint Company


VanSandt Custom Bar

We designed and built this beautiful custom bar using reclaimed wood for the VanSandt family from the Colfax Hardware Store. 

The customer wanted to use the tabletop for the shelves and for the second counter top. The cabinets will hold the family’s liquor. Below the counter top there is also plenty of room for a mini fridge and a trash can. We loved working on this project, which also incorporated corrugated iron. 

Eric was the lead carpenter on this project and did a great job. 


Designer Spotlight -Mallory O’Brien, Project Manager at Resource One

What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your profession/industry?

I love helping people and solving problems. I think that design is this perfect marriage of aesthetics and math and you have to love both in order to design well.


In your opinion what are the trends going to be in 2019 - or what trends are you already seeing? 

In commercial design, we’re seeing a lot of “resi-mmercial” design, meaning residential making its way into commercial spaces. We’re seeing a lot of influence from what makes a home comforting and translating that into commercial spaces, whether it’s a lobby, an office, or break room. The new office is looking to hire and retain talent and those looking for jobs, in Springfield, Chicago, or anywhere, want to make sure that a place where they spend most of their time, will be a comfortable environment.


Where do you like to use reclaimed wood in a home or commercial space? And why? 

I’ve used Sangamon Reclaimed in a variety of spaces, most recently my mother-in-law’s bathroom for just some simple shelving. I’ve also collaborated with them on a 12’L table for a break room. I think whether it’s a small space or a large one, having something unique and custom really makes a space interesting and they’ve always helped me achieve that.


You worked with SR to deliver a table for Dot Foods - why was buying locally so important in this case? 

This is a great story! One of my favorite clients, Dot Foods, wanted a custom table for their break room, but not just any table. So I reached out to Sangamon Reclaimed and they found some reclaimed wood from a schoolhouse in Brown County. Dot Foods is in Mt. Sterling, IL, and most of their employees are from that area. Having something locally made and sourced for their employees was just a lovely way to bring in their community into the space.


Favorite public building in Springfield?

I’d have to say the Dana Thomas House, and not just in Springfield, but probably of all of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. He was a visionary and I love that building and what it means to have one of Wright’s greatest works just down the street!


What impact do you think Sangamon Reclaimed has made on the furniture business in Springfield - and has it been an asset to the industry locally? 

I’ve known Brian since high school and to see the impact he’s made on this community is just beautiful. I love how he’s decided to make his passion project work for our community and to see how they’ve grown in such a short amount of time. They’ve really invested in people and creativity there and I think it shows how innovative they are.


What’s the most important question a person should ask before purchasing a piece of furniture? 

“What’s the investment I’m putting into this?” With the Amazon and Staples era of furniture ordering, we see some of our clients making fast, cheap choices on furniture for speed of delivery. Unfortunately, that means you’ll see that piece not only deteriorate quickly, but that it could be made with harmful chemicals that can have a lasting effect. Furniture can take time and money, but by doing more research, I think clients can educate themselves on what they’re getting, not just how quickly they’re getting it.


Favorite project in 2018? 

Now that I’m a project manager, I help manage projects from beginning to end. That includes Dot Foods, where we are renovating their existing building. It’s one of my favorite projects because of how they treat their employees and in one large aspect, that’s the space where they spend their time.

Mallory O’Brien, Project Manager at Resource One

Phone 217-753-5742


The Gallery of Springfield

"Brian at Sangamon Reclaimed was so easy to work with! He understood our needs for creating the perfect new reception desk & easels/stations. The craftsmanship is amazing!!” 

-Vicki Korte, co-owner, The Gallery of Springfield 

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Interior Designer Spotlight Kristy Cameron

Kristy Cameron Interior Decorator/Owner of Kristy Cameron Design, LLC.

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Design trends for 2019/2020? 

While there are many new design concepts to consider in 2019 and heading into 2020, I wanted to highlight my favorite, which is focused on "less is more" and bringing nature's beautiful backdrop into our homes. With today's baby boomers no longer needing a large number of bedrooms, coupled with a renewed emphasis on earth preservation, home design trends are lending themselves toward smaller more divine spaces highlighted with warmer tones. 


What is the most enjoyable aspect of your profession?

As much as I love decorating, I love people. Interior decorating is a very personal business so I am always honored when someone invites me in to tour his or her home. My job as an Interior Decorator is to help their home be that soft place to land, that place where they can truly let their guard down ... their happy place and I am grateful to help bring that to life for my clients.


Where do you like to use reclaimed barn wood in a home? 

Upon moving from Chicago a couple of years ago, I quickly found myself immersed in a large new build, supported by Springfield's finest contractors, Sangamon Reclaimed being one of them. I have since had the pleasure of working with Sangamon Reclaimed on quite a few homes here in the greater Springfield area. We are often found collaborating on jobs large and small, with some of my favorites being a custom 20' wrap around mantle, a custom chevron feature wall and of course the amazing barn doors for which they are known. I must say however that the front-runner for me was a wow factor 16' bar featuring a reclaimed front with wrapped columns mixed with an exotic black knight granite - simply divine. Considering the many advantages of reclaimed wood: beauty, history, stability and durability, it's obvious the advantages that it has over new wood. Character and I are big friends so I'm often mixing old and new in design presentations for my clients as it brings a beautiful juxtaposition to the project. There's nothing quite like two opposing elements working together in perfect harmony. Lastly, I am very excited to propose Sangamon Reclaimed’s new wallboard options in some upcoming client presentations. I have admittedly been working with similar products for years, but now having a local trusted resource that values the history and story of the wood is a dream come true. 


What was your favorite project of 2018?

2018 was an exciting year for me with regard to design in Springfield. I find that every project brings its own uniqueness and flair, so while it's somewhat difficult to name a favorite for 2018, I must say that my very first project here being completed, after having spanned almost two years, takes the cake. We spent the first half of the year on the details and furnishing the many outdoor living spaces. Working with this special family was an incredible journey, to say the least. Not only did I end up feeling like family, but also the sheer scale of this project afforded me the opportunity to continue to learn and grow in my field throughout the length of the project. 


What is your favorite public building in Springfield? 

Living in a historic century-old home myself, I immediately fell in love with one of the oldest homes in Springfield, Edwards Place. What great significance it brings to Springfield, as the Lincoln's were frequent guests there. Not only do I appreciate the extensive restoration done to highlight its original integrity, but their attention to detail including the displayed artifacts and period style dressed volunteers truly takes a visitor back in time. Make sure not to miss the annual Fine Art Fair in the fall.

Free Press Coffee House, MacArthur Blvd. live edge table

A year on, our live edge bar height table at Free Press Coffee House on MacArthur Blvd. in Springfield is looking as good as the day it was delivered. 

The owner, Jane Ann Petty, discovered us after we worked with her sister-in-law Sarah Petty. “She and her husband built a new studio for their architecture and photography business and had a beautiful island crafted by the team at Sangamon Reclaimed,” said Jane Ann who also owns Free Press Coffee House in Pittsfield and the William Watson Hotel in Pittsfield, Illinois. 

“I chose the live edge design because when Brian showed me the piece he explained how beautiful it would be.” 

The table takes center stage at the coffee house. The caramel, coffee, and chocolate tones of the smooth top and steel legs contrast the industrial concrete floor and surrounding interior, which includes stained glass windows, floral wallpaper, and white marble countertop. 

“I wanted something that would be a bit more organic: when you walk in and see the table it really warms the space.” 

We pride ourselves on our customer service and enjoy getting to know our clients, which include taking the time to explain the full range of products on offer and show them around our workshop. 

“The guys took me into the workshop to look at other pieces and we talked about different legs; walking me through every option. They made sure we had something that matched with the rest of the space. They are just great.

“I love the fact that Sangamon Reclaimed is locally owned and operated. I also love the fact Brian and his team support veterans and first responders through Flags for Heroes.

“Some people may assume it’s going to be very expensive to purchase items at Sangamon Reclaimed, but if you compare the cost of furniture in a regular store it is very reasonable. This is a piece of furniture you are going to buy once and keep forever. At Sangamon Reclaimed they stand behind what they do.”

Sangamon Reclaimed featured on the DIY Network

If you haven’t already caught us on the DIY Network’s 'Building Off the Grid' show don’t worry because there’s plenty of opportunity in the coming weeks. 

It features a local project in rural Sangamon County. Our team of craftsmen helped build a tiny home off the grid, along with our friends at JC Custom Woodwork. 

Here’s the programming schedule: 

Illinois Environmental Council reclaimed wood tables reflect values of the organization

We loved working with the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) to furnish its new downtown office in Springfield, Illinois.

Director, Jen Walling, and her team are transforming the IEC’s new home at 520 E. Capitol Ave. into an environmental community center. 

Our tables were handcrafted using 2x12 antique heart pine floor joists salvaged from the Colfax Hardware Store circa 1893 (Colfax, IL). 

“The Illinois Environmental Council bought its first building in Springfield after 45 years of renting in the community. This opportunity was so special for us and we wanted furniture that matched our values of sustainability. We were so excited to find Sangamon Reclaimed. Sangamon Reclaimed came into the building and proposed tables for our common area made out of reclaimed wood that fit into our budget. The tables are gorgeous and functional and are the exact centerpiece that we needed to celebrate the space and our commitment to sustainability,” said Jennifer. 

Sangamon Reclaimed Will be at the Home Builders Expo 2019

We are excited for this year’s Home Expo at the Bank of Springfield Center next month. If you’re working on a project, or want a beautifully handcrafted piece of reclaimed barn wood furniture for your home, make sure you stop by our booth. 

Doors open on Friday, February 22 at 2pm and tickets are $6 at the door. Children under 12 are free. On Friday seniors receive $1 off admission. On Saturday firefighters, police, and military receive $1 off admission. On Sunday educators receive $1 off admission.

Designer Spotlight -Paula Ryan

What are the trends going to be in 2019?  

I think the farmhouse look is still quite popular, but with a cleaner look to it, less gray and more white and black finishes.  

What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your profession?  

I love meeting and working with different people; learning their stories; what makes them tick and then try to incorporate that into their house. I also love the finished product; seeing a remodel or new home complete and looking back on the before photos still astounds me sometimes. 

Where do you like to use reclaimed wood in a home or commercial space? 

I love using natural elements in a home to warm up a space. My favorite is live edged anything!   

What was your favorite project in 2018?  

We remodeled a home that once belonged to a very dear childhood friend of mine. The family had to move their mom to Chicago and they had no family in town, so I helped them figure out what to do with all of her "stuff" Then I helped find the new buyer, who was a daughter of a family friend of ours. After that I completely renovated and updated the home for this young family. It was so fun to see this old home that I had spent a lot of time as a child transform and now this young family will enjoy it for many years to come. 

What is your favorite public building in Springfield?

The restored Governor's Mansion; I've been on the tour twice already. The molding and attention to detail is amazing. 

You can find Paula Ryan Designs and Ryan Homes and Development at 3149 Hedley Rd, Springfield, Illinois 62704 and she can be contacted at (217) 341-4501.