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7 Ways to Use Ipe Wood

Durable and dense—so dense it doesn't float—ipe is an excellent material for outdoor settings. But how to use it? Patio decking is the most common application but just one of many. While ipe's oils and tannins make it difficult to paint, a well-maintained ipe construction can last 25 years for more. If properly dried, the wood can be used within interiors as well. Lastly, while ipe is a tropical hardwood, it's now typically farmed instead of being harvested from the wild. If you're buying ipe, make sure it's been properly certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or other watchdog organizations. Here are seven ways to use ipe that aren't plain old decking!
September 14, 2015
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A Renovation Reconnects a House to its Louisiana Landscape

A modern makeover puts a Baton Rouge home in touch with its picturesque surroundings.
March 1, 2015
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Vacation Home in the California Desert is a Modernist Oasis

A Canadian family’s getaway in the California desert.
February 22, 2015
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A Modern Home for a Design-Savvy Family in Florida

A design-build firm with a flair for modernism creates a stylish indoor-outdoor living space in Winter Park.
October 31, 2014
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10 Impressive Backyard Renovations

A renovation shouldn’t be confined to the interior of a house. Landscape design is just as important to the modernization of a home.
July 17, 2014
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Indoor-Outdoor Bungalow in Redondo Beach

A gut renovation and a landscaping makeover help a couple reconnect with the outdoors.
July 15, 2014
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Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway

An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
March 26, 2014
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8 Modern Fences

They say that good fences make good neighbors, but it's equally true that good fences make for good design. Here, from Dwell's archives, are eight examples of fences that enhance the aesthetic value of their properties.
January 6, 2014
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Building Modern Pavilions

A free-standing pavilion can accent a building, provide temporary shelter and function as a pleasurable home away from home. Here are four very different examples of the modern pavilion, accompanied by the architects' original blueprints for the designs.
December 21, 2013