Distinguished Boards and Beams is one of North America's premier providers of reclaimed barn wood siding, flooring, and timbers. We're dedicated to making our customers happy by always delivering the highest quality reclaimed wood products in North America, on time and within budget.
Established in 2005, Distinguished Boards and Beams (DBB) is located in the middle of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With a rich family history in Western Colorado, President Robbie Williams has considerable hands-on experience with every aspect of building with reclaimed wood. After studying architecture at the University of Colorado, Boulder and subsequently working as a project manager overseeing large custom home builds, Mr. Williams began exclusively sourcing reclaimed wood at the start of the millennium, a process that occurred organically.
Distinguished Boards and Beams’ first project included the dismantling of an antique hand hewn barn built in New Hampshire during the 1780’s. From there, DBB went on to dismantle old barns and structures throughout the United States and Canada. Operations quickly grew into milling and kiln drying reclaimed wood with a large full-time staff. In 2005, Distinguished Boards and Beams moved into their current location in downtown Carbondale, Colorado, just 30 miles north of Aspen. The Carbondale headquarters has a very large inventory of reclaimed lumber.
Distinguished Boards and Beams is headquartered in the nostalgic Mid-Continent Mine Service Building, constructed during the 1950s to service massive coal mining equipment, a building as rich in history as the lumber DBB procures. DBB started operating from this downtown Carbondale location only five years after its inception. DBB has expanded operations to now include office space with a full time administrative staff overseeing client orders, a full time sales team, and a full time production staff operating the vast lumberyard, state-of-the-art mills, and two large kiln drying units. With considerable indoor storage, there is still plenty of room for the significant growth we anticipate over the next decade. The view of Mount Sopris, Carbondale’s 12,965-foot peak located at the northwest end of the Elk Mountain Range, towers in the background offering outstanding views while shopping.
With an abundant inventory supply that we continually grow and change, DBB prides itself on its ability to service unique building projects of any scope, from the large commercial build-outs to massive high end custom homes or even the smallest home repair. Our experience allows us to assist homeowners, architects, and contractors through each step of the process, from choosing colors and surface textures to finding reputable installers.
Our commercial clients include multi-national corporations like Ralph Lauren, Whole Foods, Patagonia, and The Gap, as well as public entities, architectural firms, and small local businesses. Individual clients range from Fortune 500 CEOs to local artists.
Growing naturally from a solid foundation and all the while keeping customer service as good as it’s ever been, Distinguished Boards and Beams maintains its good energy, employees and expertise in the reclaimed wood industry by only expecting and accepting true excellence. “We’ve been around a long time,” Mr. Williams says. “We have long-term employees because we recruit people who are the best in their fields; people come to us through personal and professional relationships. And we source wood the same way.” Mr. Williams continues, “We only allow for the very best, and we know what the best is from many years of extensive and diverse experience in the reclaimed lumber field.”
The Best Product & the Best Service
Distinguished Boards and Beams believes that exceptional service and product are symbiotic in the reclaimed wood business. “You can’t deliver one without the other in our line of work; we’re in a niche trade that’s currently building significant momentum, so we don’t have any room to be mediocre. Our products and services are personalized to meet the individual needs of every client, no matter how big or small, simple or complex. Making the customer happy is our #1 goal, and we will do whatever it takes to make that happen.”
We welcome you to visit our expansive lumberyard if you’d like to hand-pick your own reclaimed wood or view one of our complete structures, such as The Old Hill Place reclaimed hand hewn log cabins. Traveling to our location in Carbondale, Colorado can serve as a fun and relaxing trip, too!
A vibrant village located in the middle of the Roaring Fork Valley, Carbondale shares its central highway with Aspen, Basalt and Glenwood Springs, and sits at the confluence of the Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers. Community-oriented, family-friendly, and progressive, Carbondale is also home to the Thunder River Theatre Company, winner of the Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2012 Henry Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre; the Third Street Center, a non-profit and performing arts center (PAC3), refurbished from the old elementary school; as well as to a branch of Colorado Mountain College, which now grants Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration and in their cutting-edge Sustainable Studies program.
Our restaurants are world class, including Town, owned by celebrated chef Mark Fisher with his wife Lari Goode. Having recently closed the immensely popular and renowned Six89 Kitchen and Wine Bar in Carbondale, this winning team owns and operates three other outstanding Colorado restaurants: Phat Thai (Carbondale), Phat Thai (Cherry Creek North, Denver), and The Pullman (Glenwood Springs). Mark is also a leader in the Slow Food Movement, which Carbondale embraces whole-heartedly with its many locally-owned-and-run farms and ranches, including Crystal River Meats and Sustainable Settings.
The population of Carbondale has grown considerably over the past ten years as people discover the kind of high quality, meaningful and active lifestyle they can have here with their families, surrounded by people who hail from all over the country and world. To top it off, the surrounding area offers some of the very best skiing, fly-fishing, climbing, mountain biking/hiking trails, and camping spots on Earth.
Just 18 miles down the Crystal River from Carbondale sits the historic mining town of Redstone, home of the Redstone Castle, the Redstone Inn, the Redstone Company Store, Redstone Art Center and the Redstone General Store. And don’t forget to check out the Avalanche Ranch Cabins and Hot Springs on your way there!
For more information about Carbondale, Colorado, please refer to our Chamber of Commerce: