Turn your Deck into an Outdoor Oasis

A deck is perhaps the most versatile fixture on a home’s exterior. I like to think of it as a blank canvas, ready to project whatever postcard-perfect image you have in mind. With the growing popularity of outdoor living rooms, many homeowners now see their decks in a new light: the outdoor oasis.

There are a number of small touches and design elements that can help transform the look and feel of your outdoor deck space without a lot of investment or effort. What’s more, defining your outdoor oasis with redwood will give you lasting beauty and unparalleled durability that can change with your own tastes and needs over time.

Accentuate the positive. Take a look and identify some of the features you want to highlight in the space: Is there a stairway leading to the surrounding landscape? In-deck pool or Jacuzzi? Breathtaking views? Defining where you want to focus on will help you make the most of your budget and existing assets. This is reinforced through carefully-placed accessories such as planters and accent tables. Depending on the design, it’s easy to create pieces that are movable or built-in. With its natural strength and stability, redwood is a great lumber to use for all accents.

Eliminate the negative. When identifying your assets, consider potential liabilities on the space as well: Is one side of the deck a little close to the property line? Is there a time of day when the deck is unusable due to light exposure? Overhead redwood structures built onto the deck can give the finishing touch, creating shade and spatial definition. Vertical trellis panels offer protection from sun and wind.Fences can also be designed to screen, protect, divide, decorate, shelter and shade.

Have a seat. Seating—how much and what type—is a critical element of any oasis (especially if you plan to relax). You can leverage existing design elements such as low walls or planters to create simple seating solutions such as 2×8 or 2×10 caps.

It’s also easy to build simple platform or backed benches; they may be freestanding or components of other elements in your deck design. Heighten your style with inspiring woodworking plans that can deliver the style you want for your deck seating.


Build for beauty and long-term use. Transforming your deck into an oasis isn’t just about making a pretty picture come to life. Your vision should be built to last. Decks are outdoor structures, so any materials need to withstand environmental elements yet retain their symmetry and beauty. Redwood has a well-earned reputation for meeting these requirements, with a natural resistance to shrinking, warping and checking. It is also naturally fire and insect resistant—increasingly important in drought-stricken areas.

Outdoor Furniture Plans. For plans on how to build beautiful redwood furniture, you can check out http://realstrongredwood.com. Just look under “Project Plans/Literature” for: Adirondack Chair, Adirondack Swing, Mendocino Bench and Sonoma Picnic Table

As you collect ideas and designs to create your vision, remember: the key to creating a space you want to spend time in means creating time to enjoy your space. With long-lasting materials like redwood, you’ll have more time than ever to relax in your own personal oasis.

This article was originally published on Extreme How-To Blog. View the full article here.

Redwood Featured Prominently on “AM Northwest”

Brian Paul, representing the California Redwood Association, presented a segment on AM Northwest on Portland, Oregon’s KATU ABC affiliate. Brian shared with host Helen Raptis the many reasons homeowners, contractors, and others choose to build with Redwood. Considerations including the beauty, durability, affordability, and natural resistance to insects, decay, and fire were noted as top reasons Redwood is chosen over other products for outdoor living projects. Brian also described why Redwood is a top environmental choice as well. Renewable, biodegradable, and sustainable, Redwood forestlands are responsibly managed and harvested right here in the U.S.A.


Redwood Featured Prominently on “New Day NW”

Brian Paul, representing the California Redwood Association, presented a segment on New Day NW on Seattle’s KING 5 NBC affiliate. Brian discussed the many desirable attributes of redwood lumber and shared with viewers a scale model Redwood Pergola, section of Redwood Siding, as well as descriptions of the most common Redwood grades. Brian also helped viewers understand the sustainability of Redwood as one of the most responsibly managed and harvested wood species in the world.


DIY Eco-Friendly Redwood Pergolas

Of the many landscaping trends that come and go, one of the more enduring structures has to be the pergola. With its open sides and slatted roofs that offer shade without blocking the sun, redwood pergolas serve as gateways to formal gardens, freestanding structures in a yard, surrounding a hot tub, or attached to a house over the deck.


Not only timeless, redwood pergolas are elegant in their simple structure: this is a weekend project for an adequately skilled DIYer. Some considerations for planning your redwood pergola:

  • Before beginning any home improvement project, check with your local building department to learn if a permit is required and to discover any special building codes for your locality.
  • Design to your space. Some redwood companies offer online tools that make this very easy to do. You can also modify existing plans to fit your space needs.
  • Use only non-corrosive hardware to prevent staining on your finished redwood pergola.
  • Be sure to finish your redwood pergola with a clear water repellent or stain to enhance your structure’s natural beauty and to extend the life of your project.

What makes a redwood pergola eco-friendly? Redwood is grown and harvested from responsibly managed commercial forests that are all FSC certified. Redwood is also proven carbon-negative, as the trees absorb and store carbon in their wood fibers – and stays there after harvesting. The lumber is naturally strong and durable, shrinks and swells less than other woods, and is less likely to warp or split. Redwood is also recyclable and biodegradable. As more California homeowners consider drought conditions when planning their landscaping projects, it’s also good to know that redwood is naturally fire-resistant.

A Redwood pergola is a great way to enjoy outdoor living, and with many easy-to-build designs, can make a stunning addition to any home.

View the original article written by Charlie Jourdain here.

Watch Humboldt Redwood Company on Animal Planet’s Redwood Kings

Humboldt Redwood is coming to television!  Get a first-hand look at our forestlands and our sustainable practices in an upcoming episode of “Redwood Kings.” Be sure to check back for official air dates. 

On Animal Planet’s hit show “Redwood Kings,” twin brothers John and Ron Daniels build amazingly intricate treehouses, playgrounds, wood carvings, and more for various clients all over the world.  For their projects, they use sustainably grown lumber, but they never cut a tree down, preferring instead to use trees that have already fallen naturally.

This Spring, they took a trip to the Northern California Coast to visit us and learn about our company.  They toured our mills and our forestlands, and got to see who we are and what we do.  They even got to come with us to find some of the endangered Spotted Owls that we protect on our lands.

Soon you will be able to see for yourself what happened when these brothers and their crew explored our beautiful redwoods during an episode of “Redwood Kings.”  Season two premiers Friday, July 10th on Animal Planet, so keep an eye out for us!

To learn more about “Redwood Kings,” visit their website here, or like them on Facebook.

The Redwood Deck Solution

For homeowners, architects, and remodeling companies, the redwood deck has long represented an attractive materials choice to consider.

First, this material has passed the time-tested standard as a beautiful, long-standing, cost-effective option.


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For those in the midst of selecting what material to use for a new or remodeled deck, here are things to consider:

  • Material sustainability
  • Strength
  • Material availability
  • Durability
  • Maintenance
  • Aesthetics
  • Cost


Material sustainability

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Because this material is a tree, it places at the top of the list for sustainability. Redwood trees can be raised and harvested. Management of the many remarkable redwood forests is important. According to Humboldt Redwood*, “Best practices for redwood sustainable forestry protect these resources, to maintain a healthy society for growing populations worldwide.”


Redwood is a much stronger material than its plastic-composite counterpart (up to five times the shear strength!) and doesn’t need as much framing to support it. Redwood strength is not reduced by high temperatures, as is the case with a number of plastic composite materials.


In the United States, redwood is readily available in most standard dimensions at a majority of lumber stores. Boards exceeding standard thicknesses and widths may need to be special-ordered.


Redwood is one of few wood species that can be allowed to weather naturally without rot or decay. This no-maintenance option results in a look often preferred for a rustic weathered appearance. Years of testing by the U.S.D.A. Forest Products Laboratory have shown that redwood is among a group of woods that erode at only 1/4 inch of wood fiber per century in unfinished exterior applications.


Allowing redwood to weather normally creates an appealing natural look. It can also be stained.


It is hard finding anything more beautiful than a well-designed, well-crafted redwood deck.


While not ranked low on the price list, redwood is a cost-competitive building material. According to the folks over at Humboldt Redwood, the average cost per square foot to build a deck using redwood is $30 per square foot, while the cost of using a plastic-composite material can range from $32-$48 per square foot. The average cost of adding a deck made of redwood to your home will total around $10,000 compared to plastic-composite material which runs closer to $15,000.

Unlike the horrendous examples of clear-cutting that can be spotted in many mountain areas, the issue of forest management remains critical for companies like Humboldt Redwood in preserving this sustainable resource.

Images: Redwood stained deck via Shutterstock,  two-year old redwood via Redwood World, and video via Humboldt Redwood.

You may also read the original article posted on Green Building Elements here.

Humboldt Redwood Decks Are Beautiful, Strong And Sustainable

Published on May 29th, 2015 | by Stephen Hanley

A deck adds valuable outdoor living space to any home. It’s a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. It’s also a place to barbecue, take a dip in the hot tub or plant gardens. And it can add more value to your property than it costs.

When it comes to choosing the material for your new deck, consider the advantages of redwood. It looks better and costs less than plastic composite decking. It is also more environmentally friendly than plastic or pressure treated materials.

Compared to other woods, redwood is resistant to rot and insect damage. If left unprotected, it weathers to an attractive gray. If treated with a preservative finish, it can retain its original deep russet color for many years with very little maintenance. Humboldt Redwood decks are especially beautiful, strong, and sustainable.

Humboldt Redwood decks are beautiful, strong and sustainableSustainability

All wood captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere when it grows and sequesters it throughout its life. When it is made into wood building products, it keeps that CO2 locked up for decades, even if those products are recycled.

The people at Humboldt Redwood* take careful measures to ensure their products are grown and harvested in accordance with the rigorous standards of the Forest Stewardship Council, a non-profit organization whose standards are among the worlds most stringent. The FSC gets much of its support from established environmental organizations including the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, Greenpeace, NRDC, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, and The Wilderness Society.


Redwood is stronger than other decking materials. It can span 24″ wide spaces where most plastic composites require 12″ spacing to avoid sagging. Redwood decking goes down straight and true with no warping. It has a shear strength nearly five times that of plastic composite decking.

Environmentally Friendly

Humboldt 1Compared to plastic composite decking, redwood uses 80% less energy and 95% less water to produce. It also creates 95% less waste during manufacture. Unlike pressure treated wood, it uses no toxic chemicals as preservatives.

It is illegal in most states to make a picnic table out of pressure treated wood because of the health hazards presented by those chemicals.


Redwood costs less than composite plastic or plastic decking materials — up to 1/3 less. Let’s look at the numbers:

  • Pressure treated wood: $15-$25
  • Redwood: $30
  • Cedar: $24-$45
  • Basic plastic composite: $32-$45
  • High-end plastic composite: $48
  • Ipe: $55

Check out Humboldt Redwood for your deck!

Whatever your priority when building a deck — whether it is beauty, sustainability, cost or longevity, let the dedicated professionals at Humboldt Redwood help you design and build a deck that exceeds all your expectations. See locations to buy Humboldt Redwood here.

Humboldt Redwood decks are beautiful, strong and sustainable


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Humboldt Redwood Company Becomes Official Sponsor Of Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma Raceway and Humboldt Redwood Company have joined forces to bring shade and comfort to race fans, as the Windsor, (Calif.)-based company has signed a multi-year agreement to become the raceway’s Official Redwood Provider.

Race fans have long dealt with the warm, sunny Sonoma County summers, and this partnership brings much needed shade from Humboldt Redwood. The highlight of the sponsorship is the construction of the “Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck” above Turn 2 of the raceway’s road course, which features a 135-foot redwood deck that extends above the existing Turn 2 Terrace, plus a Redwood-arbor covered private bar with TV monitors and dedicated food service.

The raceway has also worked with Humboldt Redwood to construct two new “Grille Garden” seating and shade areas where fans can relax, cool off and enjoy a bite to eat during race weekends. These new areas, featuring redwood arbors, will be located at Turn 2, near The Deck, and above the Turn 9 Terrace on the road course.

“We’re excited to bring shade and comfort to the fans at Sonoma Raceway,” says Carter Welch, vice president of marketing, sales and business development for Humboldt Redwood.

Humboldt Redwood is the leader in environmentally certified Redwood decking, fencing, timbers, landscaping and dimensional products throughout the United States. The company owns and manages approximately 440,000 acres of Redwood and Douglas-fir forestlands along the north coast of California.

From the beginning, the company’s stated purpose has been to demonstrate that it is possible to manage productive forestlands with a high standard of environmental stewardship, and also operate a successful business.

“These new fan environments, constructed entirely from locally-sourced, sustainably-grown redwood, will be a terrific addition to the event experience this season,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. “We are very excited about these facility upgrades and our new association with Humboldt Redwood products.”

The three-year agreement also includes hospitality, extensive signage, promotional rights and other assets during major event weekends in Sonoma.

Redwood vs. Plastic Composite Lumber

As a consumer you have several choices of building materials for your outdoor living projects, including plastic composite lumber. Whether you are looking for strength, durability and longevity, whether you want the most beautiful and environmentally friendly product, or if low maintenance and comfort are key, only redwood offers all of the above. It’s perfection is often imitated and is yet to be matched.

Redwood vs. Plastic Composite Lumber


In 1964 the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens (LBHG) in Santa Rosa, California was declared a National Historic Landmark.  With collections of cactus, fruit trees, ornamental grasses, medicinal herbs, walnuts, and roses, this beautiful landmark has been enjoyed by the community for over 50 years.  Recently, the LBHG commissioned Master Carpenter Gary Mierzwak of the Sacramento area to build two Humboldt Redwood arbors to accent the lush rose garden on the grounds.  Now the community can walk through the redwood arbors as they take in the beautiful roses.  When asked about the versatility of redwood timbers used to build the arbors, Gary said, “The versatility of redwood timbers is abundant. The color, grain character, knot structure, and availability of sizes make this product everything that I want to work with.”

The Luther Burbank Home & Gardens is open to the public, April through October with an additional Holiday Open House in early December.

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