really old trees on property, use the wood for remodeling?
We are blessed in that our 200 year old house sits on a gorgeous piece of property (not counting the telephone poles in the front of the house!!) We have LOTS of very, very mature trees. I think a lot of the trees most likely pre-date the house. We have some huge old pine trees, I'm actually thinking they might have used some of the pine trees in constructing the house itself. Some of our pine trees are so close to the house that they overhang the roof and my insurance agent would like to see the ones nearest to the house be taken down. I posted this here because of the age of the trees, and I think it's relevant because of the age of the house. I'm thinking that perhaps instead of just calling a tree service to cut these huge old beauties down and turn them into mulch..that instead, I will have them cut down and made into lumber that we can in turn use to make repairs to the house, as well as a porch. I think it would be honoring the history of the house as well as the trees.
Here is a photo showing what we are dealing with regarding the trees. I do understand the issue from an insurance point of view. We are constantly picking up very, very large branches that are falling off these trees. Just a few days ago, a huge one came down on our driveway..luckily nobody was driving (or walking) on the driveway at the time.
Has anyone done anything like this? Is it an idea worth pursuing or does it not even make sense? And who would I call for something like this? A tree cutting service, or do I call a mill directly? The trees that I need to have removed are some sort of pine, with trunk diameters in excess of 5 feet around, and a height of between (approximately) 60feet to over 100 feet tall. We are also going to be remodeling our summer kitchen and I thought it would just be really neat to do the remodeling job with trees native to the property itself.