Holly Springs resident Mark Whitlock used his over 30 years of experience in the salvaging business to construct a building from mostly recycled materials.
This structure is also the first to be built inside the Holly Springs’ Town Center district.
The building, which Whitlock said he started working on over a year ago, serves as both his house, as well as a small office, which is located to the right of the house portion of the structure. Whitlock said he knew that this property could be in a great area given how the city was starting progress.
“I purchased this property three years ago based on what was going on with Holly Springs at that time, as well as what would be going on in the city in the future,” Whitlock said. “Everywhere you look there is something that has been repurposed. It’s not your cookie cutter project that most people are used to seeing.”
Whitlock is the owner of the salvaging business Interior Design Salvage, where he repurposes items and materials that go unwanted, and he uses them for various projects. He said that many of these materials were used to construct his house, with material coming from many different states and locations.
“All of the floor has been reclaimed out of a building in Pennsylvania, which used to be a part of an old school house,” Whitlock said. “A building in Kentucky was taken down by a fire, so I salvaged about six tractor trailer loads of it and turned it into furniture. I also brought back 13 tractor trailer loads of lights and light fixtures from Texas to use to create my own light fixtures. Every light fixture in the house was made from these materials and the ones I didn’t use for the light fixtures in my house I sold.”
Whitlock said that the house maintains a copper theme throughout, with all the doors consisting of a copper and mahogany makeup. The roof was also created with repurposed materials, namely copper. Like other parts of the house, the materials that make up the roof came from out of state. Whitlock said that he found these materials from a house in Chattanooga that he reroofed.
Aside from copper, mahogany is also a popular material used throughout the house. Whitlock said that all of the mahogany used in his house came from a warehouse in Holly Springs.
“A gentleman who owned a door company didn’t have enough space to store the lumber that he had and he was going to dump it, so I took it instead and used it for the ceilings, walls, and the outside fence,” Whitlock said.
Other interesting aspects of the house include the crackle paint walls, an end table made from a cedar tree, a “man cave” consisting of a nautical themed flooring to resemble flooring on a ship, a mini sauna, and a staircase made from old door parts.
Whitlock has also manufactured furniture for over 25 years through his company, Windsor Pine. He said that the company is now managed by his two sons and that all of the furniture that was built for the house came from Windsor Pine. Some of the furniture that was made includes the solid teak chairs that sit outside by the pool. Whitlock said that a client in Atlanta had put the materials on the curb to throw away, so he asked if he could use the materials instead.
Once Whitlock was finished working on the house, he said he called Pacita Wilson of the design and decorating company Pineapple Park to add the finishing touches to the home.
“Mark had a couple of art pieces commissioned to celebrate he and his wife’s 40th wedding anniversary, along with additional art pieces that he had created himself, so we started with the art pieces and then pretty much started fresh from there,” Wilson said. “This was certainly a unique project to work on given how the majority of the house was built. Mark was so easy to work with though and he allowed us to come in and bring the house to life, which was a treat for us because he has done several things for us over the years.”