A bit of history about Ohio Valley Barn Salvage
Randy Smith is the owner of Ohio Valley Barn Salvage. The story behind Randy’s passion for barn salvage is a long and unique one.
In 1998, on a motorcycle ride to Morgan county, Randy happened across the vacant Stockport Mill entirely by chance. Two years and a lot of hard work later, the Mill was completely restored into a bed and breakfast, the Stockport Mill Inn. It is still operating today, and subconsciously jump-started the events that encouraged Randy into a new career.
Before entering the barn salvage business full-time, Randy owned a commercial roofing company for 25 years. From 2004 until 2013, Randy was Vice President of a large commercial roofing company in Columbus, Ohio. On weekends, Randy spent his time taking down barns.
In 2004 on Randy’s first date with his now-wife Jeanne, Randy asked his ‘top five questions’ that would hopefully lead to a second date. One question was what Jeanne’s dream home would be. Her answer was an old barn, perhaps with horses underneath it. That comment got her to a second date. In 2005 they dismantled a 1906, 36’x48’ barn outside Butler Ohio. They moved it to Mt. Gilead in 2006 and reassembled it. Jeanne got her barn home, minus the horses below them.
In 2005, Randy and Jeanne found an old barn in Butler, Ohio, and it was now Randy’s job to convince her that they could make a great home out of it. Once the frame was up, they found they needed more reclaimed wood to complete Jeanne’s dream home.
At first, it was a necessity to find old barns to complete the home. Somewhere along the line, it became more than a necessity. It turned into a passion, and now a career. As Randy says, “Who thought it would be in my job description that I’m a professional ‘de-nailer?’”
Since starting full-time in 2011, the Ohio Valley Barn Salvage crew have dismantled over 150 barns and log cabins in central Ohio. We have many satisfied clients. Let Ohio Valley Barn Salvage carefully dismantle, reclaim, and re-purpose your family heirloom!