Wood Slabs in Exterior Projects | Buffalo, NY | Timberkrete
While we certainly have crafted our share of wood slab tables, live edge counters and the like, we are now getting more and more calls for using solid wood slabs in exterior projects. Many aren’t sure if wood slabs can in fact be used outdoors. Questions regarding durability and integrity of the wood frequently pop up. Truthfully though, we have worked on a number of exterior wood-based projects for our Buffalo (and western NY) area clients. The sawn wood used really does lend a unique and sophisticated feeling to any outdoor creation. Using wood slabs in exterior projects really is pretty exciting—most definitely it is for us. So here we thought we would list out some of our favorite ways in which to use wood slabs for a variety of outdoor projects!
Pergolas: Buffalo Loves Their Outdoor Spaces
And why wouldn’t people love to congregate outdoors. Particularly given what we’ve all just been through, this shift to a “new normal,” outdoor gatherings are becoming standard now for so many. Creating the ideal space in which to host such gatherings begins with envisioning exactly how you see your backyard accommodating guests. We’ve worked with many in this western NY region to craft the perfect pergola for example constructed of solid wood. The effect can be elegant, it can be rustic, it can be sleek and modern, it can be anything you want it to be.
Porch Posts: Solid Wood = Integrity
We have certainly overhauled our fair share of porches. Look at your current porch? Does it stand out, does it make a statement? Or is it just dated and tired looking. The porch is the house’s calling card if you will. It is likely the first thing people see upon approaching your Buffalo, New York home. There is an increased call for chunky and consequential porch posts. Wrap the base in stone and you create a truly stunning overall effect. Starting from the actual log, you can choose your wood species, choose your exact tree even and then stand back as we make some incredible wood slab inspired porch posts.
It’s a Great Time for A New Picnic Table
Again, many are finding that they are hosting their gatherings outdoors now. Do you have an amazing picnic table and/or outdoor table with which to accommodate your guests? When treated correctly, wood slabs can be used in many such outdoor applications. In fact, we have created countless tables to be used in an outdoor setting. What welcomes your guests better than a table crafted from solid wood?
Outdoor Wood Benches: The Ultimate Seating
You don’t have to settle for the same old same old for your Buffalo area home. Really bring your backyard to life and install some wood slab benches. Be it from red oak, walnut, birch, poplar, you name it, we can create a bench or built-in bench system even that will take your outdoor seating to a whole new level. And you can get as creative as you want with your bench design; in fact, we thrive on creativity.
Kitchen for the Backyard: That’s What We’re Talking About
Many of our western NY clients are all about making their outdoor spaces as sophisticated and as useful as they can be. What’s more useful than having a kitchen completely outdoors. We work with you to design the optimal kitchen layout. From live edge countertops, to solid wood cabinetry, to a custom made island even, we can make your kitchen any style, as elegant or as contemporary as you want it to be. Why should the inside of your home get all the kitchen love. According to recent surveys, the outdoor kitchen is fast becoming among the most popular installations across the country.
Garden Tables Gaining in Popularity
Again, given the lockdown situation we all just faced, one of the fastest growing hobbies over the past couple of months: gardening. From just giving us something to do whilst there is otherwise a lack of activities, to allowing us the benefit of growing our own food and thereby having to make one less trip to the store, gardening has seemingly taken the nation by storm—and Buffalo is no exception. That said, we’ve had a few requests for rustic gardening tables crafted from solid wood slabs. They are completely unique and they really are quite practical.
Timberframe Elements for Porches and Decks
Beyond just solid wood porch posts, you might want to consider sprucing up either that front porch or even back deck for that matter with solid wood slab elements that harken the look and feel of timberframe. Most understand that timberframe elements are those that lend themselves to rusticity, to the hand hewn aura of old. Between brackets and exposed style beams, in using wood slabs from a variety of different species we can give you that authentic timberframe look.
Exterior Furniture Crafted from Solid Wood
As far as using wood slabs in exterior projects, furnishings have come a long way over just the past decade even. People have everything from elaborate dining sets, to the afore mentioned kitchens, to even outdoor bedroom sets. There is literally a place for everything and anything wood outdoors. We sit down with our Buffalo area clients and really take the time to understand their vision for their yard. What sort of space do they really want to create? What kind of entertaining will they be doing? It’s a thorough process—but a very worthwhile one.
If you have an idea in mind when it comes to using wood slabs in exterior projects, we would certainly love to discuss it with you. Perhaps you’re thinking of something other than what we’ve mentioned here. And that is the beauty of working with wood and live edge wood slabs. You’re not relegated to any sort of cookie cutter design or premanufactured template. You can literally start the process by coming to the mill and choosing the actual log/species that you want your furniture, bar top, or pergola to be crafted from. Our guarantee: no one will ever have anything remotely like your finished wood slab project. That is the other great part about what we do. Every single piece is completely unique, because every single wood slab is completely unique. From the movement in the slab itself, to the richness and color of the wood, to the finishing you may choose, you have a blank canvas on which you are painting your one of a kind work.
We truly enjoy working with clients across the western New York region. In the end, we know that the pieces we create whether indoor wood tables and counters, or wood slabs in exterior projects, that our clients end up falling in love with them. Plus, they really will last you a lifetime.