A cedar tree is the focal point of this kitchen, with lighting fixtures hanging between the upper branches near the ceiling. But even more impressive are the things you don't see. Electrical outlets and an exhaust panel are hidden within the granite and pop up at the push of a button. A built-in cutting board, wine storage area, Wolf double-stacked convection ovens and an incredible lake view add to the state-of-the-art kitchen.
This urban roof deck cleverly incorporates structural details, like pipes and vents, into its overall design. Here, tall exhaust pipes were wrapped in aluminum frames and cedar boards. The resulting look mimics the city's skyscrapers.
An stained cedar board-on-board fence has an organic design that fits with the outdoor setting. The fence, by Topiarius, a full-service landscape design, build and maintenance firm in Chicago, is made using applied decorative panels.
Sauna builder Glenn Auerbach typically uses western red cedar for the walls of his outdoor saunas. Around the sauna stove, he suggests using Durock, a cement board, to meet code requirements. He applies Durock over the studs and vapor barrier, and he says you can tile over the board.
This bungalow combines cedar shakes with board and batten siding to create a distinctive looking modern twist on an old theme. Lots of windows keep things bright inside and the pediment over the entrance is a unique focal point.
Using a window can reduce some of your materials cost in a sauna. You're not only using less wood and adding to the design of the outdoor sauna, but you will use shorter boards around the window. That means you have flexibility when using recycled wood, such as cedar, because you can cut out any bad or warped spots and still use the quality material, according to Glenn Auerbach of SaunaTimes.com.