INSPIRATIONS – Cochran’s Lumber November Newsletter


For our November newsletter – INSPIRATIONS, Cochran’s Lumber is delighted to sit down with Erwin Opitz, President of Opitz Construction Consulting., and Andy Evans, AIA Partner for Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects. Both collaborated on a stunning home in Marshall, Virginia that featured our Live Sawn White Oak. In addition, we also feature our barn board in a dramatic Northern Virginia remodel and our Live Sawn White Oak in a charming Lake Geneva weekend retreat.

Client Spotlight:

Opitz Construction, Inc.

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Please give us an overview of Opitz Construction Inc.
Since 1999, Opitz Construction Consulting (OCC) has served Rappahannock and surrounding counties in Northern Virginia as a full-service custom homebuilder. OCC is also experienced in the restoration of historic structures that includes integration of modern technologies and systems with the architecture of the past.

Erwin Opitz began his career in construction after graduating from college in 1985 with a bachelor of science degree in construction management. For 14 years he worked for two residential luxury home builders, in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This experience gave him a strong background in all facets of homebuilding.

Opitz’s expertise in building often complex plans while integrating the most sophisticated technologies and adhering to a schedule and budget gives him an edge over the competition. His dedication to each client’s wishes and overall design vision provides the client with peace of mind.

Describe the services that Opitz offers and tell us what distinguishes Opitz Construction from other custom home builders in the Northern Virginia area.
Opitz Construction specializes in renovations, additions, equestrian facilities, property maintenance and design services. OCC welcomes the opportunity to work with architects and interior designers, and we understand the importance of making the transition from design to reality a smooth and enjoyable process.

Cochran’s Live Sawn White Oak was featured in a beautiful timber-frame home in Marshall, Virginia, including the use of a custom finish. Please tell us how our product complimented the overall feel of the home’s design and ambience. 

“This was a unique and interesting project for us as it blends traditional and modern building details and attempts to resonate with the owners European and American Heritage.  The new home occupies the site of a former barn structure that was previously renovated to become cottage and subsequently lost to fire.  Surviving elements of a fireplace were retained and the simplicity and massing of the original building form were respected but not replicated.  The building itself is quite simple in form with a large, timber framed center living space and loft with lesser flanking bedroom and sitting wings.  Building elements, including windows, doors and stairs are cleanly and simply detailed allowing the natural beauty of the wooden timberframe and flooring to carry the day.” – Andy Lewis, AIA, Partner, Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects.


Why have you selected Cochran’s for past projects? What distinguishes our flooring and millwork from other providers?

“We like using Cochran’s Lumber because we know that any job can be totally custom to meet customer and architect specifications. Cochran’s extensive line of finishes allows us to work with designers and architects to create a one-of-a-kind home for our clients. Their delivery was on-time and they stand behind their product.” – Erwin Opitz, Founder and President.



Barn Siding in Loudoun

We are in love with the transformation of this home in Northern Virginia! Homeowners Ryan and Laura immediately fell in love with the peaceful surroundings of this 1989 home but knew they wanted to update the inside. They chose our reclaimed barn board in both the dining and living rooms to give their home a rustic, cozy feel. Check out the before and after photos, the results are amazing!










Live Sawn in Wisconsin

Our Live Sawn White Oak, complete with a full band saw texture, was laid throughout this picturesque Lake Geneva home by our friends at Timeless Flooring. “This weekend lake home touts approximately 5000 square feet of this gorgeous reclaimed look. Cochran gave us exactly what we needed to achieve the design concept and stay in the client’s budget. They could not be happier with the finished flooring!” – Mindi Huebner, Timeless Flooring LLC