Using driftwood beams in my house
My 100 year old house has some unique archticture features. It's Royal Berry Wills old summer house, and there is some history (and pictures) in one of his books. In it, the book claims that a large beam in the living room was found on the beach and used in the house construction.
He also used solid beams for stair treads, which I plan to reproduce on a new set of stairs I am adding in an addition. I was walking down the beach the other day and came across a very large 12"x12"x12' beam. I am wondering if there is a down side to grabbing the beam and re-using it for my stairs? It's not uncommon for such beams to wash ashore here in NE. I have seen beams up to 20' drift ashore! I guess my questions are will it smell like low tide once I start to dry it out, and if the salt has done anything nasty to it? I also wonder if it would need to be kiln dried and other prep I might have to do to use it. I most certainly would trim it down to the size I need, about 9"x8"x3'6".