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Wood: a natural connection.

It is early morning; the air still cool and clear. A breeze moves the leaves in the trees and makes the flowers dance. Among these high, hard places, this space of green, growing things is special in its ability to renew and refresh the spirit.

From ancient cliff dwellings to modern high-rise cities, it is the ability to soften the environment of the "high, hard places" that makes them habitable. Wood elements are a key in that process. A simple wooden container can change a space from harsh to welcoming by allowing the addition of unexpected greenery. A wooden seat; gracefully weathered, subtly textured, and comfortably shaped invites a moment's pause, or an afternoon with a favorite book or friend. Wood decking's natural resiliency underfoot is a welcome change from the more common hard surfaces.

Wood is often the first choice for our furnishings, and particular wood species are well suited to the task of outdoor use. These woods, such as Clear Allheart Redwood, Western Yellow Cedar, Mahogany, and Teak, are naturally resistant to decay; able to be shaped into the required forms; weather gracefully; wear well in use and have textures that delight the eye with a play of light and shadow unmatched by other materials.

Wood is a natural insulator, loosing and gaining heat slowly, and so buffering temperature changes. A wood seat is more comfortable in winter because the body suffers less heat loss to wood then it does to many other materials. In summer, a wood seat absorbs heat from the sun slowly, remaining

cooler to the touch. This buffering actions slows the freezing and thawing of soil in plant containers, protecting plant roots from these detrimental cycles. Wood's buffering ability, along with it's natural resiliency, resists the frost action that can eventually shatter harder materials like concrete and stone.

Woods such as Clear All-Heart Redwood are light in weight, making them ideal for use in plant containers for locations with load limitations, such as roof tops, terraces or balconies. Lighter wood container allow more of the permitted load to be soil and plants. Lighter wood furnishings are easier to transport, install, and in the case of a mishap, easier to repair.

Perhaps most important, wood appeals to many people as "friendlier", "organic", and more naturally appropriate for outside use than other materials. Wood furnishings can be as relaxed, sophisticated, formal or informal as style preferences dictate - just as many other materials. What is unique to wood is it's organic nature; its ability to relate, through grain patterns, natural textures and response to seasonal changes, that it was, and still is, part of the life's natural cycle.

It is early morning; the air still cool and clear. A breeze moves the leaves in the trees and makes the flowers dance. Among these high, hard places, this space of green, growing things is special in its ability to renew and refresh the spirit.

Albano G. Seabro, Sitecraft, Inc. A division of The Rosenwach Group
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Title Annotation:use of wood building materials to enhance aesthetic effect of buildings
Author:Seabro, Albano G.
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Sep 30, 1992
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