Cochran’s Lumber June Newsletter and Client Spotlight


For this month’s Client Newsletter, Cochran’s Lumber is delighted to feature Georgetown-based Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc. For over 7 years, we have partnered with Barnes Vanze on many projects that feature our extensive line of reclaimed wood flooring and millwork.

Ankie Barnes, co-founder of Barnes Vanze, was gracious enough to tell us a little bit more about his firm and past projects that feature our lumber and millwork.

Please give us an overview of Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc

Our co-founders, Anthony “Ankie” Barnes and Stephen Vanze, established Barnes Vanze Architects in 1989. Since then, we’ve swelled to a 21-member design firm located in Georgetown, and this is the architecture that inspires us every day. 


Our architects and designers have a laser-like focus on clients’ needs—from the first sketches to the final walk-through—whether it’s a home, retail environment, university building, or church. We’ve brought old city dwellings back to their original splendor; used classical architecture to imbue new homes with rich historical references; and transformed builder-grade “Colonials” into the real thing. Each time, the style and layout responds directly to a client’s aesthetic needs and daily routines.

For that reason, our work has earned dozens of awards, including Traditional Building’s Palladio awards and the DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Awards for Excellence. We’ve been featured in more than 100 magazine articles, online publications and books, and are consistently published on lists of the best architects in the Washington region.


Photo by Anice Hoachlander of Hoachlander Davis Design

Steve Vanze and Ankie Barnes have both earned the prestigious “Fellow” ranking within the American Institute of  Architects, and they’re grooming the next generation of great architectural talents with each new commission.


What distinguishes Barnes Vanze Architects from other architecture and interior design firms. 

We design beautiful buildings and interiors that are expressly suited to our individual clients and their sites. Each one is different, yet they are united by attention to scale, proportion, quality of materials and high-performance.

Cochran’s Lumber and Millwork recently worked with Barnes Vanze and Gibson Builders on the Rustic French Villa project in DC.

Please tell us more about this project and the materials chosen from Cochran’s Lumber.

In the Rustic French Villa project our client wanted an authentically-detailed French house with an extensive use of reclaimed rustic beams. We have had personal experience with old French houses and the way old, structural beams are used, details and joined. We designed the house to have extensive old timber detailing on the interior:

  • a two-level major and minor beamed ceiling in the kitchen,
  • ceiling/rafter beams in several rooms,
  • a library with rustic ceiling framing and more refined, highly-finished bookshelves and a fireplace below them and,
  • a post and beam entry porch on the exterior.



Photo by Anice Hoachlander of Hoachlander Davis Design

We worked closely with Cochran’s Lumber from early in the project on details, attachments etc. Then Cochran’s was able to assemble reclaimed beams from several old barns and match them for size, wood species and finish to build a suite of compatible raw materials. Cochrans then drew detailed shop drawings with all the component parts, which we review with them. Lastly the old materials were cut and prepared by Cochrans’ delivered to the site and installed.


Why have you selected Cochran’s for past projects and what do you enjoy the most about Cochran’s Lumber? 

The real depth of knowledge in how to work with and finish these older, reclaimed materials and the personal attention to detail they display as project partners make them our first choice for old, reclaimed beam work of any kind.


What is your personal favorite type of hardwood flooring?

Reclaimed wide plank white oak, quarter and rift sawn.


Customers Georgia and Joe chose our reclaimed oak flooring when they recently remodeled their beautiful Brooklyn, NY Brownstone. The combination of the antique wood and the herringbone pattern are absolutely stunning!


“We get so many compliments on the floor — it’s really beautiful, a great price, and it was so easy to deal with you guys. We have been recommending you enthusiastically. Thanks so much!”

-Georgia & Joe

Designer: Urban Pioneering

Construction Services: Grant Davis Thompson Inc.

Photos: Jody Kivort



Our Live Sawn White Oak is beautifully featured at the newly opened Washington DC restaurant Kinship

The restaurant, located on the first floor of 1015 Seventh Street NW in an historic brick building dating back to 1907, features both antique and modern details that create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere. 



The white oak flooring, complete with hand scraping and wire brushing, compliments the modern materials and contrasts exquisitely against the clean look of the white brick and wainscoting.



Cochran’s Lumber and Millwork is proud to be the leading provider of spectacular floors for homes, offices, and retail spaces across America! Our newly redesigned showroom was thoughtfully designed to make the selection of flooring and finishes exciting and simple. We feature a variety of new and reclaimed flooring products and many new and unique finishes. 

We are proud to offer an inviting space where customers can come and get a clear visual of the many types of hardwood flooring options that we offer, and feel comfortable at the same time. 

Visit our showroom today in historic Berryville, VA (only 50 miles west of Washington D.C) or give us a call at 1(877) 297-8331.