Design Details: Wood Exteriors

Ipe’ mediates between the brick façade and the outside plantings of this modernist house, located in an Austin subdivision. Location: Austin, Texas; Architect: Alterstudio Architects

Mixed-grain fir on the underside of roof overhangs helps reinforce this open, casual home’s strong connection to the outdoors. Location: Big Sky, Mont.; Architect: Balance Associates

Walls clad in tight-knot cedar channel siding provide privacy and link the house to surrounding trees. Location: Snohomish, Wash.; Architect: David Vandervort Architects

LEED platinum certified, this San Diego remodel gets a touch of warmth from grade A red cedar siding. Location: Encinitas, Calif.; Architect: Smyer Architecture

Eastern White Cedar treated with a light stain adds warmth and texture to stucco and pewter-gray brick on the exterior of this modern house. Location: West Orange, N.J.; Architect: Deborah Berke and Partners

Reclaimed wood from the original 1923 Arizona Ice and Cold Storage building (here, converted to lofts) contrasts with the corrugated steel skin of the building, and gives shade from the western sun at the entry door. Location: Tucson, Ariz.; Architect: Rob Paulus

The stained cedar soffit for this home’s roof truss is a warm contrast to the glass façade, and its upturned shape makes the roof appear to float above the house. Location: West Plains, Missouri; Architect: Core10 Architecture

Wood helps this home, titled Äkta Linjen (Swedish for “Authentic Lines”), meld with the trees that shade it. Location: Siloam Springs, Ark.; Architect: Matthias Pearson

Located on a coastal dune, this home’s wood exterior evokes the piers of Provincetown Harbor, as well as Cape Cod’s history of boat-making, fishing, and whaling. Location: Provincetown, Mass.; Architect: Michael Winstanley

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