Bark House

Bark Subway Tile Wall Panels

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Overview

The styling for the textured wood wall panels was inspired by the classic subway tile that debuted in New York City in the early 1900s.  From couture centers in London and Paris to New York, the subway tile connected form and function and captured the public’s imagination, stimulating design in both residential and commercial environments.

This poplar wood tile wall covering contains muted natural hues of taupe with variations in brown and grey which has inspired visionary Designers from classic to modern to create break-out moments for their own clients. The hues of these tree bark wall tiles create a wall that pops with the essence of nature.

In keeping with the brand’s reputation, the application was strategically designed so that RAW™ (Recycled Appalachian Wood Waste) could be utilized.  This creates more opportunity in the region of the Appalachians where the material is exclusively sourced and meticulously hand-crafted.  But the genius of textured wood wall panels is in their simple, raw beauty that intrinsically connects man and nature.

These textured wood wall panels are 100% sourced and made in the US.  Bark House® invests over 50% of its income directly back into our local Appalachian economy.  See what makes us Authentically good…

Product Applications And Dimensions

Bark Species

Details

  • Kiln dried and sterile
  • No minimum order is required
  • Custom sized to fit your needs
  • Laminated to 1/2″ MDF
  • Formaldehyde free substrate may be specified if desired
  • Reclaimed Forestry Waste Product

Product Applications

  • Interior
  • Residential, commercial
  • Traditional, modern, rustic designs
  • Poplar Bark can be sanded and lacquered, painted, or stained
  • Bark House can apply a Class A fire rated spray to any raw material

Product Dimensions

  • Maximum Panel Size is Limited to 5′ in width and 12′ in height
  • Precision Squared for Ease in Installation
  • Average panel thickness is 1″
  • Average panel weight is 3.25 pounds per square foot

Product Options To Choose From 1-2-3

Bark House® Subway Tile Wall Panels are made to your specifications.  This creates a wall covering that is uniquely your own.

#1:  Decide what size you want your panel:

Bark House® Subway Tile Wall Panels are custom order and can range up to 60” x 144”.  We can fabricate your panel in a standard square or rectangular shape or make this custom fit your project.  The natural grain of the bark will be oriented to the measurement that you give us for the HEIGHT.  For a custom fit, please contact our office so that we can discuss this option with you.

Standard Shape
Custom fit
(there may be an additional fee)

#2:  Choose the size of the individual subway tiles:

Our expert team can make recommendations to guide you in choosing the size of the individual rectangular tiles used on the face of your unique wall panel.  However, you may know exactly what look you want so you have the option of specifying your own tile dimensions.

Default dimensions
Custom size
(there may be an additional fee)

#3:  Choose the Edge for your panel:

We have two edge options for the panel seams: Straight and Keyed.

The Straight edge fits against the next panel creating a visible seam.  This style is often paired with flat metal strips (see the featured image on this page), but you can use anything you prefer – or nothing at all.

Our Keyed edge consists of the sides of two panels fitting together to hide the seam.  This is generally a random staggered edge so that when one panel is mated to the next, it will produce the illusion of one single sheet across the full span of your wall.

Straight edge
Keyed edge
(additional fee)

#4:  Choose the Surface:

We can sand the face of your poplar bark shingles and tiles for interior application to reveal the swirling grain below the surface and offer a more consistent surface without the varied natural “peaks” of the product.

Natural (peaks and ridges)
Sanded 
(additional fee)

#5:  Choose the Finish of your panel:

A finish is unnecessary for this product but you may prefer to add a clear sealant.  Paint treatments add even more drama and customization options.

Natural (unfinished)
Flat 2K Poly (additional fee)
Bark House Standard Finish:  Tobacco Brown
(additional fee)
Bark House Standard Finish:  Antique White
(additional fee)
Bark House Standard Finish:  Gilded White
(additional fee)
Bark House Standard Finish:  Night Forest
(additional fee)
Custom Stain or Paint
(additional fee)

#6:  Have your shipping information ready:

Small orders may be shipped as a parcel, but most of our products will ship via LTL freight.

In order for us to get an accurate freight quote, we will need the answers to the following questions:

  • What is the complete shipping address?
  • Is this address a commercial or residential address?
  • Does the address have a loading dock?
  • Do you have a way to get the pallet(s) off of the truck?
  • Will the driver need an appointment or credentials to deliver?

#7:  Contact Us to place your order:

If at any time in this process you need to contact us, please do so by calling (828) 765-9010 or email us at [email protected].

If you’re ready to order, call us today!

Product Guides And Installation

*Important Note about Single Surface Lamination* Any substrate that has a bark veneer or 3D wood attachment has the capacity to warp or cup. We do not recommend that panels “float” as in cabinet door applications without an additional back side lamination to balance it out. This may be achieved by laminating our bark treatment to both sides or by laminating a separate finish wood veneer.

There is no concern with single surface lamination when panels are affixed to studs or wall surfaces per our installation guide.

RECYCLING POPLAR BARK HOUSE® PRODUCTS

Recycling Centers are available in every county in each state across the country.  We’ll help you to identify the closest Recycling Center in your area that has Demolition and Construction Recycling Infrastructure. This decreases general landfill waste and improves the environment.

BIOLOGICAL NUTRIENT

Simply mulch untreated BARK HOUSE® POPLAR PRODUCTS and allow them to add biological nutrients back in the soil.

Bark House Recycles

Bark House has a free 1 hour AIA CEU credit course in Architectural Record

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Bark 3D Wall Panels are new to me.  What do I need to know?

What are Bark Subway Tile Wall Panels?

Bark House® Subway Tile Panels are monolithic panels that are inspired by a traditional subway tile layout.  Interior Grade Poplar Bark (Liriodendron tulipifera) is used in your design.  The diversity of the individual pieces varying in color and texture blend together to form a warm geometric pattern that is so pleasing to sight and touch. Seams between each piece of bark will be seen on each panel and between individual panels.  The seams between panels may be celebrated with various trim options you supply or it is possible to create a “keyed effect” so that seams between panels disappear.  You can also choose the dimension of your tiles to be laminated. 

How are 3D wall panels priced?

Our 3D Wall Panels are priced by the square foot. The price will depend on the type of material used and any finishes that you wish to add. Keyed edges are priced by the linear foot and finish options are priced by the square foot.

How are 3D wall panels fabricated?

Each order is custom fabricated, and every design is unique. 3D panels are secured to ½” MDF substrate, and have finish options available. Each of our 3D wall panels has unique fabrication limits, so please refer to the “Product Applications and Information” section of our product pages.

Why do the 3D veneer wall panels need to be laminated to a 1/2″ substrate?

Laminating thicker bark to only one side of a ¼” substrate can result in a warped panel over time, even if anchored to a wall.

What are keyed edges?

Our Keyed edge consists of staggered rows interlocking from panel to panel to hide the seam.  This is generally a random staggered edge so that when one panel is mated to the next, it will produce the illusion of one single sheet across the full span of your wall.

How do I install Bark Subway Tile Wall Panels?

As with all of our products, we provide detailed installation instructions.  Our Laminate Wall Covering Installation guide is found here.

Do I need a finish on the bark?

There are various finishing options that can be added to your laminates to change the sheen or color or you may choose to seal the surface with a less visible option. A fire-retardant application is available as well. We are happy to assist you in determining if any of these options are right or necessary for your project.

Will the subway tile panels look just like the sample that I received?

These products are derived from natural material, so no two will be the same. If you have been inspired by a photo, let us know, and we will do our best to help you achieve a similar look.

How are Subway Tile Laminate Panels different from the other laminate wall coverings?

Subway Tile laminate panels are made by cutting poplar bark into smaller rectangles and then laminating them to ½” MDF substrate in uniform rows. Your panel dimensions generally determine the size of the individual tiles, or you can specify the size that you’d like. Our maximum panel size is 5’ x 12’, and your subway tile panel allows you to feature a diverse selection of poplar bark in your project.

What information is needed to receive an estimate for subway tile panels?

To place an order for laminate wall coverings, our sales team will need:

  • Type of bark laminate that you wish to order
  • Substrate type
  • Panel dimensions
  • Finishes/edge details
  • Shipping address details

See the section above labeled “Product Options” which will walk you through this process.

How much will my order for bark subway tile wall panels cost to ship?

Laminates and panels are shipped in the most economical way possible for the size of your order. Most shipments will be done via Less Than Truckload (LTL) freight, and the cost will depend on your order size and shipping location.  We are happy to provide you with a quote.  

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Cost and quality are important to me.  How do Bark House® Laminate Wall Coverings save me money and supply a better-quality product?

 

What are the economic benefits I receive when purchasing from the “Original Manufacturer of Bark Wall Coverings”?

You can be sure that your investment in Bark House® Laminate Wall Coverings is an investment in a well-designed product. Years of research and development, trial and error, have paved the way for the highest quality product. The maintenance free laminates will last indefinitely, leaving you to do nothing but enjoy the natural beauty that they add to your building. Your investment in our wall coverings is an investment in the well-being of our planet, and the health of your interior space.

The Bark House Difference  

Why are Bark House® Laminates better than other types of wall coverings?

Why not cover the interior of your home with what Mother Nature covers her trees? Our durable laminate wall coverings offer a natural beauty in an indoor space that other wall covering solutions cannot match. These Bark House products break the mold of traditional building practices by giving you a unique design that is created just for you.

Does Bark House offer a trade or volume discount?

Bark House® Laminate Wall Coverings and Panels are custom fabricated for each individual client. We are unable to offer discounts on these products due to the level of craftsmanship that is required for every order. 

Sample Kits Available

 

I am creating a one-of-a-kind space.  How can Bark House support my vision?

 

What makes the bark subway tiles distinctly mine?

No two pieces of harvested bark are the same, which means that no two of our products will ever be exactly the same. Bark House® Laminate Wall Coverings and Panels are hand crafted with materials that meet our rigorous selection standards. From the start of manufacturing to the final installation, you can be sure that the product is made specifically for you.

We work with architects and designers all over the globe to create unique product applications that have contributed to award winning designs. We welcome the opportunity to do so with you.

Can Bark House customize my project?

Product Options makes your fit and customization finish unique.  The product page for each laminate or panel product will detail the available options that are available. The different barks and materials that we use in our fabrication process lend themselves to unique options for customization.

Can I recreate a design that I’ve seen on your website or in a publication?

If you have been inspired by a design that we’ve done in the past, we can use that as a reference for your custom project. While it will not be exactly the same, we can use our previous work as a guide for your vision.

I’ve got a unique design concept and I’m not sure if your products will work for it. How can I be sure?

We are no strangers to high levels of customization and unique installations. If you’re wondering if it can be done, it probably can be. Reach out to our expert staff to discuss the details of your project!

Can Bark House help me to share my unique project with others?

Projects with Bark House® products have been featured in over 250 well-positioned media outlets.  We want to celebrate the completion of your unique project.

Share your project with us

 

I am interested in regenerative manufacturing practices.  What benefits do Bark House processes create for Appalachian forests, families, and climate-change remediation?

 

How does Regenerative Development benefit communities?

“When a practitioner of Regenerative Development works in a project or community, the result should be increasing ableness for that community. People should become better able to evolve and pursue the aspirations they hold for healthy and meaningful lives. Water and air should be increasingly able to maintain their quality, and forests to support enlarged diversity of life. These are the indicators that real value has been delivered to stakeholders.” www.Regenerat.es

Podcast with The Carol Sanford Institute:  Regenerative Work

What is green, sustainable or regenerative manufacturing?

The single skilled craftsman encompassed the earliest form of making products.  Training was personal and the tradesmen took pride in their work and the benefits it produced.  A post-industrial world saw the use of machinery, increased scale and a trend toward practices that were Extractive to people and planet.  Recognizing a need for change and making a choice to do better, manufacturers improved their processes and identified themselves as “GREEN companies”.  With an aim to do “less bad”, and quantify what better should look like with agreed measurements, companies were certified through third-party groups as SUSTAINABLE.  Companies with a REGENERATIVE aim were either founded with this mission, or made conscious choices to work to create new and fitting potential for the places they operate and the sectors they disrupt.  Regenerative design opens a new level of exploration.  It begins a process of wholistic, collaborative development.  This occurs in tandem with the natural world and the inhabitants of the places they work. 

“What if consumers became healers of the world?” – Chris McCurry speaks on environmental issues at the Leadership NC Conference in Asheville.

What are the green or regenerative benefits I receive when purchasing from the “Original Manufacturer of Bark Wall Coverings”?

We offer a thirty-year track record with over 250 well placed publications sharing our regenerative philosophy that is now and has always been the core-business for this company.  The co-founders designed the original products and processes, inspired by nature.  The products you purchase reach their highest achievement when supporting your regenerative projects.  Read more about the benefits below.  Feel free to contact us at [email protected] to ask questions or share your project details with us.      

MATERIAL SOURCING

Where is the wood sourced?

Bark House sources only Reclaimed Appalachian Wood Waste, (RAW™) from small 10-acre tracts owned and stewarded by local families over generations.

What benefit do you create when you only source materials from the Appalachian region?

The Bark House manufacturing facility is located within the five states across the Appalachian region in which our raw materials are sourced.  The co-founders were born here and understanding “Appalachia” as a place has been their life’s work.  Because this is our neighborhood, we take our impacts very personally.  The proximity means that our neighbors can let us know what we’re doing well and where we need to improve.  The benefits we are most proud of is helping to keep family farms intact and providing right-fit, nature-based jobs in this economically distressed area.  The legacy of US Forestry practices began in our back yard.  We aim to honor the philosophy of those practices by exceeding them.

What benefits are created from small-tract harvesting?

Whether select (most often) or clear-cutting, smaller tracts sparsely spaced throughout many Appalachian states means that the impact of harvesting is less disruptive to the living eco-system. Loggers provide materials from forty-five counties across five Appalachian states.

What benefits do smaller eco-logging crews offer?

Smaller 2-3 person crews with lighter equipment disturbs the soil less, so regrowth occurs faster.  Carefully felling and removing trees and following Forestry Best Management Practices protects the trees from scarring and invaders.  These practices are less disruptive to the living eco-system.

How does the Bark House® process impact local watersheds?

  • The company’s material procurement model utilizes small logging crews, with less equipment on small tracts and has a lighter impact on the environment
  • Loggers are trained in water stewardship and have state governed logger certifications
  • No water is used in direct manufacturing
  • Bark House participates in water stewardship initiatives, stream bank restoration and stream protection initiatives to improve water quality in the Appalachian Region
  • We advocate for and educate about clean water
  • We monitor Government Reporting on watersheds where our materials are sourced

What else is Bark House involved in to improve Appalachian forests and impact climate change remediation?

You can read about all our engagements over thirty years in real-time accounts published in the EmBark Blog and over 250 acclaimed publications. Right now, we are working to support a Regenerative Source Guild of the Blue Ridge.

MANUFACTURING

How does your investment in Solar Panels impact your Carbon Footprint?

Solar panels replace our electricity as one important component in the total carbon equation to manufacture a low carbon product.

How does Bark House’s unique kilns impact your Carbon Footprint?

High efficiency kilns designed by co-founder Marty McCurry exclusively for the complex process of drying bark are the first and only kilns of their kind.  They received the NC Governor’s Green Innovation Award and are one important component in the total carbon equation to manufacture a low carbon product.

Do poplar bark panel wall coverings qualify for LEED building practices?

Bark House veneer wall coverings may qualify for LEED points based on locally or regionally sourced product.

SOCIAL BENEFITS

What financial benefits does Bark House create for Appalachian families?

At a minimum, 50% of annual company income is invested directly in to the local community.  As a comparison, big box stores invest 12% in the local communities where they operate.  Products are 100% sourced and made in the Appalachians.  We purchase wood-waste products from land owners that are not acceptable in the standardized industry because of figure, curl or massive size.  Employees are paid a living wage as a starting point.  Importantly, a new income stream for this economically challenged area means that family farms can remain intact.

How does Bark House support the culture of the Appalachian region?

Bark House supports cultural diversity, equity and inclusion.  These attributes can be traced in Appalachian culture before European settlement began and as it occurred.  Cultural diversity is inspired by the region’s vast bio-diversity of flora and fauna.  One thing this culture of independent people agree on is an appreciation for nature.  Bark House work supports people to retain this close relationship with nature.  Our volunteer work and community contributions center on further developing this relationship.

What verification can you offer that supports your social benefits?

Bark House believes in shared prosperity and we can back up our claim of social benefits with the certifications and awards that we’ve received:

What social benefits do bark panels offer beyond the Appalachian region?

Bark House views the development of a relationship that honors nature as critically important, especially in view of a disrupted climate.  Our wall coverings go into the space where people spend most of their time (indoors) and provide a gentle invitation to remember those healing, invigorating moments outdoors – in a forest.

Can Bark House help me to share the benefits that my project creates with others?

Projects with Bark House products have been featured in over 250 well-positioned media outlets as well as being featured in our blogWe want to celebrate the benefits your project is creating for people or the environment.

Share your project with us

If you have further questions for us, please reach out to [email protected].

We look forward to working with you!

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REGENERATIVE PRODUCT AWARD

Awarded at the regenerative Business Summit led by Carol Sanford.  Carol is on a mission to create a better world, and she believes that business can and will play a major role in accomplishing that.

ROOT CAUSE AWARD

Root Cause recognizes local businesses doing good in forestry that also support and strengthen communities in Western North Carolina.

Manufacturing Bark House Poplar Bark Subway Tiles Wall Panels
““This architectural product added a natural, organic texture that is the feature in this powder room.  Modern and rustic on the water at the foothills of the Adirondacks.   The homeowners are so happy with the outcome of the powder room, they love the room, especially the bark.””
Joanne M Vadney,  NY  CID
Owner, Spatial Solutions LLC
Troy, NY

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