All Chelsea Summerhouses are handcrafted using Western Red Cedar which is known for its durability and resistance to the elements. Slow grown and naturally durable, Western Red Cedar has one of the longest life spans of any off the timber species as it is naturally resistant to moisture, decay and insect damage.

The benefits of Cedar are;

It’s stunning – Western Red Cedar has a rich grain and a striking colour, which makes it the material of choice where a beautiful finish is important. It’s warm colouring is complimented by a uniform, fine-grained texture with a satin lustre. Recognisable by its fine straight grains, reddish tones and pleasant fragrance cedar is our preferred choice where aesthetic appeal, durability and weather resistance are important. Cedar is renowned for its natural beauty and outstanding physical properties that make it one of the world’s most unique softwood species. Cedar’s rich and variegated colouring ranges from pale saffron to a deep honeyed ochre that, over the years, gives way to an attractive patina of silvery grey.

It’s robust – Being very straight-grained, Western Red Cedar has excellent dimensional stability and endurance. This quality means that it neither warps nor twists, therefore ensuring that the finished summerhouse is able to stand the test of time.

It’s hard wearing – Western Red Cedar has natural decay resistance due to naturally occurring oils present within the wood. These oils act as preservatives to help the wood resist infestation by wood boring insects and weather damage.

Its lovely aroma – Western Red Cedar is probably best known for its distinctive aroma. The subtle fragrance of the wood adds another dimension to its universal appeal.

It’s warm – Western Red Cedar cladding provides far superior thermal protection to alternatives such as concrete, brick and stone. This is due to its low density and presence of air spaces within the wood – these unique qualities provide a natural thermostat!