DIY plans for a modern outdoor sectional


Build this showstopper in a single weekend

Creating an outdoor room is all the rage right now. And with good reason – who doesn’t want to make the most of every inch of the deck and the surrounding beauty of nature? This gorgeous outdoor Western Red Cedar sectional is sure to be the star of your patio all year long. Smart, functional and easy-to-build with the video and free downloadable plans, this could be our most sought-after DIY cedar project yet.

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Project of the Week – Newberg Residence

“Western Red Cedar was used as a siding material and left unfinished so as to weather with age, allowing the home to blend into it’s woodland environment.” – Cutler Anderson Architects.

Location: Newberg, Oregon
Architect: Design Architect – James Cutler, FAIA; Project Architect – Meghan Griswold
Photography: Jeremy Bittermann

Bridging over a large pond and nestled in a deep forest, the Newberg Residence sets a new architectural standard in integrating house and habitat. That’s because from the beginning, architects James Cutler and Meghan Griswold approached the project as if house and pond were a single entity, in which the owners can enjoy the wild creatures that come to the water on both regular and varied schedules. With large vertical-lift windows, the homeowners can dive right into the water from their living room or they can just sit back and watch the show. Continue reading “Project of the Week – Newberg Residence”

Five Reasons to Choose Cedar Siding Over Composites

Why choose cedar siding over composites
Seadrift Residence by CCS Architecture

What makes cedar siding so superior to plastic?

There’s no question Western Red Cedar is one of the world’s most beautiful building materials, but it also surpasses plastic imitators as the wise choice when it comes to environmental sustainability, durability and long-term value. Here’s why:

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Five Reasons Cedar Makes Sense in the Snow

winter cabin made of cedar

The Quiet beauty of a Cedar Cabin in Snow

Why is Western Red Cedar siding seen on cabins in every ski haven from Stowe to Aspen, and beyond? We’ve got five reasons Cedar is the material of choice when it comes to building a durable and beautiful home in snowy ski towns everywhere. Continue reading “Five Reasons Cedar Makes Sense in the Snow”

How To Use Western Red Cedar Inside Your Home

Take Western Red Cedar Inside

Most people understand the benefits of using Real Cedar for outdoor projects, like fencing, decking and siding. They know its durability, how it stands up to the elements, how it’s naturally resistant to rot and decay, and how timelessly stylish it is. But once the season changes and the chill of fall sets in and we all go indoors, it’s a good time to remember just how gorgeous Western Red Cedar looks – and smells – on the inside. Continue reading “How To Use Western Red Cedar Inside Your Home”

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”