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modern design prefab deck red cedar siding sculpture

Thanks to a prefab in-law unit, 
an octogenarian modernist lives 
independently on a peaceful, 
verdant site in Northern California. The deck offers views and a quiet spot for outdoor dining. The Western red cedar vertical siding is naturally resistant to rot and decay, making it a hardy choice for the exterior. The bronze wolf sculpture is by Sharon Loper.

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Originally appeared in This Modern Prefab is Perfect for Mom
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church renovation connecticut

Santiago Suarez purchased this church and renovated it, transforming the strcuture into a home for himself and his family. The undulating white-cedar door is a replica of one Santiago admired at a sushi bar in Japan.

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Law professor Carole Goldberg and sociology professor Duane Champagne both teach at the University of California, Los Angeles. Both have a love of books and cooking, and since marrying in 2003, they now share six kids and eight grandchildren as well. To design the couple’s green, family-centric beach getaway in Oxnard, California, architectural designer Daniel Garness—who has offices in Los Angeles and New Orleans—had a lot more to consider than how high to make the twin sinks. Goldberg tells us why the couple’s home is very nearly its castle. Cedar louvers increase privacy and shade on the second-floor deck, where Carole and Duane relax with granddaughters Natalie and Allison and their friend Katherine.

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Several sets of aluminum-and-glass French doors open from the bunkroom onto the screen porch. Panton and his team made the dining table and benches on-site; the tongue-and-groove benches and table legs are locally milled cedar, and the top is Brazilian Ti

A film writer and director asked Austin, Texas–based architect Henry Panton to build a bunkhouse with a huge screen porch for family and guests on his 40-acre property in Bastrop, Texas, about 30 miles outside Austin. Situated over a dry creek bed and carefully crafted around the existing loblolly pine trees, the bunkhouse “is sort of like a bridge into the woods,” says Panton, who adds that the 1,400-square-foot structure, which can comfortably accommodate well over a dozen people, is used often by the director, his wife and three children, and their extended family and friends. “They have a lot of sleepovers,” says the architect. Several sets of aluminum-and-glass French doors open from the bunkroom onto the screen porch. Panton and his team made the dining table and benches on-site; the tongue-and-groove benches and table legs are locally milled cedar, and the top is Brazilian Tigerwood.

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modern house clad in zinc and cedar

Tasked with creating a hybrid residence and art gallery, architect Jeff Dolezal of Omaha, Nebraska, firm Tack Architects called upon mid-century influences to create a showpiece of modern design in the city's Regency neighborhood. "The most challenging aspect of the project was the client’s directive to 'design an art gallery we can live in,'" says architect Jeff Dolezal of Tack Architects. Though the house is quite large—over 10,000 square feet—it was constructed with green design principals in mind. It features low-VOC paints and interior finishes, locally sourced materials, blown in soy-based spray foam exterior insulation, skylights and solatubes for natural daylighting, and FSC certified lumber, and LED light fixtures. The exterior is clad in zinc and cedar.

 

Originally appeared in An Art-Inspired Modern House in Nebraska
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Portland renovated warehouse cedar boxes.

In Portland, Oregon, a renovated warehouse fuses engineering and artistry, much like its owners. Architects William Neburka and Carrie Strickland set off some spaces with white walls but most rooms are enclosed in cedar boxes.

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Originally appeared in This Light-Filled Industrial Renovation Plays Host to Live Music
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The cedar weatherboard ceiling in the living pavilion features triangular recesses for lightbulbs.

In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and build their perfectly proportioned family home. The cedar weatherboard ceiling in the living pavilion features triangular recesses for lightbulbs.

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Originally appeared in The Great Compression
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venice home indoor outdoor garden

A house designed to be part of the landscape is at home among the trees in Venice, California. The knotty cedar cladding from Crenshaw Lumber was pretreated with an ebony stain from Timber Pro UV—twice on both sides—prior to being brought to the site, where it was left for eight weeks so that it could adjust to the moist seaside air before installation. “Cedar siding swells or shrinks when it gains or loses moisture while it reaches equilibrium with the content of the surrounding air,” says the resident. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.

 

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Coral von Zumwalt
Originally appeared in New Bungalow, Old Neighborhood
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modern design prefab deck red cedar siding sculpture

Thanks to a prefab in-law unit, 
an octogenarian modernist lives 
independently on a peaceful, 
verdant site in Northern California. The deck offers views and a quiet spot for outdoor dining. The Western red cedar vertical siding is naturally resistant to rot and decay, making it a hardy choice for the exterior. The bronze wolf sculpture is by Sharon Loper.

Photo by Joe Fletcher .

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