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Ways to Use Ipe Wood

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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!

A maple tree grows through an ipe deck in the garden that Mary Barensfeld designed for a family in Berkeley, California.
An enclosed courtyard, bordred by ipe, is arguably the most distinctive feature of the house that the Phil Kean Design...
Ipe makes another appearance in the living room, creating a strong indoor-outdoor connection.
Birdsall and Atticus are seated on an ipe bench designed by Anna Boeschenstein; the stucco exterior cladding was...
An ipe deck slopes sharply skyward behind Amy Persin’s house in Menlo Park, California, creating a secluded backyard...
The shower offers a multisensory experience: the architect described how clients can take hot showers in the rain or...
Above the front patio, the de-signers created a trellis of Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood.
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