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Hail Cedar: 7 Houses that Make Use of Cedar Wood

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One of the most ubiquitous materials in projects featured in our pages is cedar—a tree species that's found all around the globe. Spy seven projects that deftly use wood in the following slideshow.
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  On the sandy shores of Fauntleroy Cove in Seattle, renowned firm Olson Kundig Architects crafts a subtle home with striking steel accents and a cedar facade.

    On the sandy shores of Fauntleroy Cove in Seattle, renowned firm Olson Kundig Architects crafts a subtle home with striking steel accents and a cedar facade.

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  Brooklyn's Lubrano Ciavarra Architects crafted this modern weekend house designed to frame its landscape. Architect Lea Ciavarra deployed a restrained materials palette on the exterior, which was inspired by the landscape. "Since the site is wooded and wild, we used natural materials like cedar and slate instead of synthetic siding," she says. The architect treated the facade like a piece of millwork and spent nearly six months working with the contractor to come up with the pattern of the shiplapped boards. Photo by Chris Cooper.

    Brooklyn's Lubrano Ciavarra Architects crafted this modern weekend house designed to frame its landscape. Architect Lea Ciavarra deployed a restrained materials palette on the exterior, which was inspired by the landscape. "Since the site is wooded and wild, we used natural materials like cedar and slate instead of synthetic siding," she says. The architect treated the facade like a piece of millwork and spent nearly six months working with the contractor to come up with the pattern of the shiplapped boards. Photo by Chris Cooper.

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  Finished in 2002, this Boston project is clad in western red cedar and copper, which is slowly acquiring a green patina. Named the Valentine House, for its street (which was named for the soap factory), the structure cuts a striking figure in Cambridge. Photo by Roger Davies.

    Finished in 2002, this Boston project is clad in western red cedar and copper, which is slowly acquiring a green patina. Named the Valentine House, for its street (which was named for the soap factory), the structure cuts a striking figure in Cambridge. Photo by Roger Davies.

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  In Carlsbad, California, Sebastian Mariscal designed a Japan-inspired modern house to include a charred cedar facade and interior accents. Photo by Daniel Hennessy.

    In Carlsbad, California, Sebastian Mariscal designed a Japan-inspired modern house to include a charred cedar facade and interior accents. Photo by Daniel Hennessy.

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  A cedar-lined deck outfitts this New Zealand vacation home. Photo by Stephen Oxenbury.

    A cedar-lined deck outfitts this New Zealand vacation home. Photo by Stephen Oxenbury.

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  In the shadow of Mount McKinley, amid Alaska’s meadows and icy streams, a former teacher and a four-time Iditarod winner built a modernist cabin with a charred-cedar facade as expansive as the Last Frontier. Photo by Kamil Bialous.

    In the shadow of Mount McKinley, amid Alaska’s meadows and icy streams, a former teacher and a four-time Iditarod winner built a modernist cabin with a charred-cedar facade as expansive as the Last Frontier. Photo by Kamil Bialous.

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  Richly hued cedar lines the corridor of a house on the Magdalen Islands in Quebec, Canada. Photo by Matthew Monteith.

    Richly hued cedar lines the corridor of a house on the Magdalen Islands in Quebec, Canada. Photo by Matthew Monteith.

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