In the third picture the bathroom appears to be an accident waiting to happen. Splinters from worn boards and tetanus shots for all. But this is an illusion as the wood is all sanded smooth, and the reclaimed metal is buffed and lacquered. Better yet, the $3000 saved by not installing imported tile can now be spent on more important things like a deep soaker tub with roman faucets.
Lighting is supplied by aged industrial exterior fixtures. Distressed steel pipe and fittings acts as towel racks, curtain rods and grab bars throughout the home.
Method to the madness.
The initial cost of using profiled Pine planks is higher than drywall until you factor in the overall savings achieved by eliminating all the finishing trim and mouldings associated with drywall. Once you do that, planks are less than half the cost. Other benefits include the added shear strength of planks vs drywall. Unfortunately the exterior walls of this home were only 2x4 studs sheathed in 3/8 plywood. The new interior planks will help this home survive a decent earthquake. And as an added bonus, you can install a shelf anywhere you want, and without those silly drywall anchors or stud finders.
Read more on the renovations page.