White Blackbird Company. , WA


Ron and his fatherDesigner and builder Ron Malzon, M.S,. a self-professed Anglophile and amateur gardener, is the founder of White Blackbird Company. The name comes from the French phrase le merle blanc, and means a rare bird or a very special thing. A first-generation American, Ron learned his trade from his father Robert. Robert was trained as a master wood carpenter in Germany and then emigrated with his family to the United States in 1956.

Ron was heavily influenced in thinking and design by his time spent traveling and living in Europe. He formally launched White Blackbird Company in 1993, upon returning to the U.S. from a business venture in Vienna. It was in Austria that Ron's belief in the importance of using non-toxic and eco-friendly building materials in one's living spaces was formed, e.g., natural oil-finished floors, formaldehyde-free insulation and low-voc paint. White Blackbird has built over two dozen new homes over the past 15 years, incorporating these principles.

White Blackbird Company specializes in the design and construction of new homes built from reclaimed architectural salvage. With traditional design and the use of authentic building materials, these new structures have character as well as beauty, a timeless quality that sets them apart.

Example of reclaimed salvageLumber

Some of the materials that have been used in past projects include:

: hand-hewn tulip timbers reclaimed from a fallen 1856 homestead barn in
: salvaged teak windows and French doors from a former British colonial governor's mansion
: iron and woodwork from mainland China
: rebuilt light fixtures from France, Belgium, and the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC
Here's a table made from part of the Empress Hotel's old flooring

Ron sums it up this way:

The challenge of finding and using reclaimed materials to make something new from something old, is wonderfully exciting to me. I also enjoy the process of working with clients to create their own personalized home, a place built to possess its own unique feeling—something that will last for generations.

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