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Five ways to create a defined outdoor space

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Turn a blasé backyard into a sanctuary

  1. Pergola shade canopy

In addition to protecting from the elements, a Western Red Cedar pergola is a highly functional and attractive way to mark a stand-alone space. There are a multitude of design options to choose from (round, square, L-shaped, etc.), but whichever route you go, classically beautiful Western Red Cedar is the best material to build with.

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More than simply a grill, a cedar outdoor kitchen means you can prep and cook in the great outdoors. No more running back and forth from the kitchen to the yard – the counter space you need to chop veggies and prepare steaks is right at your fingertips with a barbecue that’s just within arm’s reach. Plus, an outdoor kitchen is a conversation piece that’s sure to be the envy of the neighbourhood. width=

  1. Modern built-in seating

Durable, long-lasting, beautifully aromatic and easy to maintain with annual spring cleaning, outdoor cedar furniture stands up to the elements and can be smartly customized to fit your space perfectly. Throw in a few decorative pillows on that Western Red Cedar sectional or built-in bench for added color, texture and comfort, and you have a second living room.

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  1. Outdoor shower

Water- and rot-resistant, Western Red Cedar is nature’s best choice for building an outdoor shower. Plus, as an added bonus, you have its natural aromatic properties to enjoy while the cool water pours down under the hot sun. Outdoor summer living doesn’t get more refreshing than this. (Pic above, Berkshire Pool House by Crisp Architects. Photographer: Rob Karosis.) width=

  1. Slatted horizontal fencing

Contemporary and private, slatted horizontal Cedar fencing is a modern take on a classic cedar fence. There are more than a few reasons cedar is the go-to option for fencing (as well as decking and siding), it’s durable, rot-resistant, lasts forever and requires little maintenance. Also worth noting, horizontal fencing also creates a more spacious feel.

Whatever design you choose to help define an outside space, Western Red Cedar is the natural choice for enduring beauty and quality in any outdoor room.