Office – Washington DC

Washington DC


Exterior Wall Cladding:

MONOGATARI shou sugi ban charred cypress
Burnt, brushed and sealed on face only
#2 Common Grade
13/16” thick X 5-1/2” wide X 6-16’ random lengths

Located in Southeastern Washington DC, this newly built structure serves as an office for DC-based architecture firm, The facade of the home is a combination of warm wood tones and reSAWN’s MONOGATARI shou sugi ban charred cypress. MONOGATARI continues from the exterior to the interior, accented by reSAWN’s custom shou sugi ban charred Atlantic white cedar. was founded by Jack Becker and Andrew Linn to make healthy buildings in the Mid-Atlantic region that pay tribute to their context and gain integrity as they age. Based in Washington DC, looks for opportunities in economies – of scale, of scope, of density, of means and of materials. integrates traditional construction methods with new technologies and organic materials ideally suited to the Mid-Atlantic region, like wood, bark, cork, wool, mycelium, willow, hemp and bamboo – affordable and sustainable construction alternatives to steel and concrete.

MONOGATARI features CHARRED CYPRESS burnt in the Japanese style of shou sugi ban.

MONOGATARI is carefully charred, misted with water, cooled, brushed and then stained/sealed.  The top coat sealer is applied prior to shipping (for exterior applications, we recommend sealing the back side as well as the face).  The burning process accentuates the wood grain and creates varying colors when viewed from different angles and in different light.

MONOGATARI is made with cypress sourced from the Southern United States and can be used for interior wall cladding, ceiling cladding and exterior siding.  With its legendary beauty and natural durability, cypress has long been a staple as an exterior wood siding product.  Because cypress generates its own preservative oil, called cypressene, it’s an ideal wood for locations with constant heat, humidity, and torrential rains.

Our charring & sealing process makes for beautifully designed exterior wood siding.  Like any exterior wood siding prefinished or finished in place, these materials will weather naturally over time and will require maintenance.  For interior applications, expect little to no change.  We’ve created this CHARRED USAGE GUIDE to tell you more.  

reSAWN’s CHARRED offering features cypress, western red cedar, Accoya, Kebony, black walnut, red oak, white oak and reclaimed hemlock that is burnt in the Japanese tradition of shou sugi ban.  Our award-winning CHARRED products pay homage to the traditional Japanese technique of “shou-sugi-ban” aka “yakisugi” without being literal.

Historically very specific in their definition, “shou-sugi-ban” and “yakisugi” have become common nomenclature for modern charred wood designs in general.  All of reSAWN’s CHARRED products are made in the USA, in our facility in Telford, PA.

Almaden Ranch :: SORA shou sugi ban and GOVERNOR white oak
SquashBusters :: AJI shou sugi ban charred accoya®