With its legendary beauty and natural durability, cypress has long been a staple on beach homes along the Atlantic seaboard and throughout the Southern United States. Because cypress generates its own preservative oil, called cypressene, it’s an ideal wood for coastal locations with constant heat, humidity, and torrential rains. More recently, the use of cypress has spread from Maine to Southern California as the wood is increasingly being used in place of other wood species, such as cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated wood. Cypress is a wood of choice for exterior applications where longevity and good looks really count.
In addition to siding and decking, cypress serves a myriad of applications, including shingles and shakes, exterior trim, shutters, fencing and fence posts, window boxes, furniture, landscape design elements, and other outdoor essentials. Although cypress is well-regarded for its strength and durability, the wood is generally not recommended for ground contact applications.
Creating your Outdoor Oasis
Whether entertaining friends or simply relaxing with family, homeowners are enjoying vacation vibes in their own backyards. Serene porches and oasis-like patios are all the rage these days, and design pros—aiming to pair comfort and functionality—are crafting these stylish spaces with natural materials like cypress.
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A Lake House in Michigan
American hardwoods often play an outsize role in projects by Desai Chia Architecture, a New York firm led by the husband-and-wife team of Arjun Desai and Katherine Chia. A lakeside vacation retreat in Leelanau County, Michigan, designed in collaboration with Environment Architects (AOR) in 2016, is a good example of their masterly use of hardwood—in this case, cypress and ash.
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Outdoor Spaces Offer Comfort and Style
If you enjoy relaxing and entertaining on your porch or patio, you are not alone. Today’s homeowners love being outdoors, and design professionals are being tasked with creating extravagant outdoor living areas with all the creature comforts that are typically found indoors.
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Cypress Siding: It’s What the Pros Choose
If current design trends are any indication, wood siding is back. Design professionals are recommending one species in particular: cypress. What’s behind this revival of cypress siding?
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Cypress, the Natural Choice for Siding
Known for its honey-like hues and ability to withstand the elements, cypress is fast becoming the go-to-product for siding and a host of other outdoor applications. There’s no denying it, cypress is a natural beauty. And with proper care and maintenance, it’s a product that will provide a lifetime of good looks and lasting performance.
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