Westport Residence – Westport, CT

Westport Press Release

Westport, CT

Vita Design Group

Exterior Siding:
HAI – shou sugi ban charred cypress
select grade
burnt on face only, sealed face & back
13/16” thick X 5-1/8” wide X 6-16’ random length
Tongue & Groove


reSAWN TIMBER co. worked closely with Vita Design Group and the homeowner of this modern Connecticut residence to specify our HAI shou sugi ban charred exterior cypress siding.  Amongst the more traditional clapboard siding frequently found throughout the neighbor, this home stands alone a unique, modern design with many natural, sustainable elements – including reSAWN’s CHARRED siding and a living roof.


Vita Design Group is a highly recognized and awarded architecture firm in Westport, CT. The architects at VDG believe the architectural design process is equally important as the finished project. Some of the firm’s modern home designs were given a Home Building Industry award or recognized in various prominent publications.


HAI is one of several designs for exterior/interior cladding offered by reSAWN.  HAI is  fully charred and then finished without brushing off the soft charcoal layer. This charcoal layer is a sacrificial wear layer that will flake over time to reveal blackened cypress underneath with variations in color from grey to brown tones and over time more grey tones. MATSU is more durable than HAI & MOYASU and will not flake as easily. A reapplication of the top coat will aid in arresting the degradation of the charcoal.
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.
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