Three Cedar Projects in Three Days with Colin & Justin

It was an ambitious building plan for design duo and TV hosts Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan – three projects in just three days. A two-car timber-frame carport, space-defining pergola and circular outdoor sauna were the trio of projects put together at Colin and Justin’s cabin at Drag Lake in Haliburton, Ont. Thanks to Western Red Cedar and a team of building pros, the projects went off – mostly – without a hitch. Continue reading “Three Cedar Projects in Three Days with Colin & Justin”

Urban sanctuary framed by Western Red Cedar

 

Location: San Francisco, California
Architect: Terremoto.LA
Photo: Bruce Damonte

Take a slender, rectangular urban backyard and turn it into a multifaceted outdoor living space that flows seamlessly from the interior to the exterior. Innovative landscape design firm Terremoto.LA rose to the challenge beautifully with its Randall project in San Francisco.

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Trends to Watch – Why You Should Be Using Knotty Cedar

Knotty Cedar is worth a second look

Knotty Western Red Cedar is quietly growing in popularity, and for all the right reasons. The green, sustainable characteristics of Western Red Cedar are well-known, but here are seven top reasons why you may want to stock up on Knotty Western Red Cedar decking or siding.

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Wood Innovation and Design Centre – Beginning of the Timber Age

“Wood is the only building material grown by the sun with low energy requirements to extract and process,” says award-winning architect Michael Green in an interview for Cedar Book VIII.

Location: Prince George, BC
Architect: MGA
Photo: Ema Peter

Move over steel and concrete. The world’s most innovative architects are turning to wood as their material of choice for tall or mid-rise buildings. Dubbed the “beginning of the timber age,” this carbon-sequestering period in architecture is all about re-envisioning nature’s most enduring and versatile material. At the forefront of this movement is Michael Green. His firm, MGA, not only celebrates the beauty of woods such as Western Red Cedar, but also their structural possibilities in green construction. Continue reading “Wood Innovation and Design Centre – Beginning of the Timber Age”

Project of the Week – Sea Bright House

 

Location: Sea Bright, New Jersey

Architect: Jeff Jordan Architects

Photo: Gregory Maka

Set in a classic Jersey Shore town with a collection of quirky shops and restaurants to compliment an even quirkier collection of houses, the area surrounding this modern retreat has no shortage of charm. It also has no shortage of iconic vistas. Continue reading “Project of the Week – Sea Bright House”

Project of the Week – Trefoil House

Location: Stowe, Vermont
Architect: J.Roc Design
Photo: James Leng

Despite the challenges of building on a steep mountainside, the Trefoil Glass House was a true labor of love for architect Jeremy Jih. That’s because he designed this stunning home for his long-time partner, who’s an avid skier with an affinity for the Stowe town ski area. Continue reading “Project of the Week – Trefoil House”

Thinking of Cedar siding? Here’s what to consider

Ready to invest in timeless style?

Eternally stylish, classically beautiful and structurally strong, Western Red Cedar is the cashmere of wood siding. Whether it’s a clear or knotty grade, Western Red Cedar siding equals better protection, increased value for your home, and timeless style. For those who are ready to invest in the long-term beauty of Real Cedar siding, here are three tips to consider before you build. Continue reading “Thinking of Cedar siding? Here’s what to consider”

Why We Only Build With Western Red Cedar

Cedar pergola

‘There is no classic when you use plastic’

For those who love the look of exceptionally built Western Red Cedar pergolas, it’s hard not to get swept away by the Instagram feed of a Midwest builder. Each post is better than the last with Minnesota Pergolas, a company that always crafts their rock-solid pergolas with Western Red Cedar. It’s the optimal material for pergolas because it’s rot resistant, has rich character and a gorgeous natural aroma, says Minnesota Pergolas owner Kregg Weispfenning. Continue reading “Why We Only Build With Western Red Cedar”

How to build an elevated Cedar lookout bench

Cedar lookout bench
The shape of the lookout bench might seem familiar because the design uses the same details found on most picnic tables. Photos by Roger Yip.

The perfect seat for the perfect view

By Paul Lewis

The end of a perfect summer day in cottage country is an event worth planning for. As the sun sets over rippled water, shimmering against darkening silhouettes of rocks and trees, the only thing you can add is a place to sit comfortably and take in the beauty. This bench, simple to make from Western Red Cedar lumber, can help you maximize the view. It requires a few angled cuts and butt and lap joints, held together with galvanized carriage bolts and deck screws. The shape of this bench might seem familiar because the design uses the same details found on most cedar picnic tables: horizontal supports bolted to angled vertical legs, with 2x6s offering a place to sit and support your feet. Although all project parts could easily be cut with a handsaw or handheld circular saw, a mitre saw makes it easier and quicker to do the necessary slicing. Continue reading “How to build an elevated Cedar lookout bench”

Free plans for a stylish dockside storage bench

Dock box storage
This basket bench has a design that is just the right length to fit a standard water noodle, and a slatted bottom to allow water to drain and air to circulate. Photos by Roger Yip

dockside doesn’t have to look like a garage sale

By Paul Lewis

Many of my projects are designed to store stuff neatly – and this one is no exception. Pool noodles (those ubiquitous foam tubes that multiply wherever there is water and kids) defy tidy storage. They are unruly, generally soggy and seemingly made to resist organization – until now. This basket bench has a design that is just the right length to fit a standard noodle, and a slatted bottom to allow water to drain and air to circulate. Guck doesn’t gather in the corners, either, because there are none. But this Western Red Cedar dock storage bench project is not just for noodles: paddles, life jackets, skis and tow ropes are just some of the water-related stuff that find a welcome home here. To top it all off, this project is also a comfortable bench, perfect for pausing and storage beside the pool or lake. Continue reading “Free plans for a stylish dockside storage bench”