The Bucktown Hot Tub Retreat provides a serene space to relax amid the active city. The space features a new roof deck with Ipe decking, concrete counters, cedar pergola, tempered glass panels and fire pit.
“The holidays are such an expensive time of the year in general, I wanted to come up with a beautiful, affordable tablescape,” says Fotini Roman of Farmhouse Chic Blog. By incorporating her collection of mercury-glass votive holders with a fragrant cedar garland and mini silver ornaments, Roman created a warm, inviting and elegant holiday table.
For a classic, masculine spin, wooden taxidermy was made for the boys' room by tracing shapes to two-inch-thick cedar planks with a pencil, then cutting them out with a jigsaw, sanding and then adding a whitewashed finish for a clean look. Picture hanging wire is attached to the back for easy, level installation.
A concrete walkway features built-in lighting to help guide the way at night. Untreated cedar siding lines one side of the walkway, which perfectly complements the more industrial elements of the home.
Meet the national tree of Japan. Cryptomeria handles pruning well and can be easily maintained to a just-right size for your space. Plants grow rapidly, reaching a mature height of 5-10 feet tall and 4-8 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 6 to 9. Botanical name: Cryptomeria japonica ‘PIICJ-I’
Beautiful blue needles make this columnar cedar a real head-turner. It has a narrow spread that makes it well-suited to smaller spaces. Plants grow up to 1 foot per year, reaching 12-15 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide in 10 years. Final mature size is 40 feet high and 25 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 6 to 9. Botanical name: Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Fastigiata’
Western red cedar is often used for saunas, including those built by Glenn Auerbach in Minnesota. He says in Scandinavia, many saunas are paneled with white spruce. Auerbach advises staying way from pine and if you need to save money, look for recycled cedar to use in an outdoor sauna.
A steel-and-cedar pergola was constructed as a shady respite in the back of the yard, and a dining table added for outdoor entertaining. Nearby, a fountain made from an oversized planter bowl makes meditative background music.