Ipe vs. Massaranduba

If you are in the decking industry, you’ve probably heard of Massaranduba. No doubt you’ve run across a supplier, broker or website that promotes Massaranduba as an economical Ipe-alternative. When looking at the technical data, it’s hard not to agree: Ipe and Massaranduba have a similar density and…

Can You “Pre-Gray” Ipe Before Installation?

Working at TimberTown over the years, a topic that gets brought up by builders and architects regularly is how to achieve the natural patina look of Ipe or other Brazilian Hardwoods from the beginning of a project. Without regular maintenance, it’s inevitable that Ipe will eventually gray out,…

The Carpenter Hotel

It’s a tall order to come to downtown Austin and try to reproduce the eclectic and artsy design that is beloved by current residents and out-of-towners alike. When planning out its next Hotel, the Mighty Union considered every angle and developed a boutique hotel, restaurant, cafe and event space that has just…

Trespa Pura NFC Launches New Tropical Ipe Siding Line

Trespa Pura NFC has recently come out with the exciting news that it will be adding a new option to its siding line: Tropical Ipe. Similar to the hardwood Ipe in its appearance and durability, this siding features a mix of reddish brown hues so as to look…

Research Park Plaza Ipe Courtyard

In a business park off of Austin’s Research Blvd., lies this courtyard in Research Park. Home of Charles Schwab and other businesses, the courtyard uses 5,000 sq. ft. of a dense, imported hardwood called Ipe. Supplied by TimberTown Austin and built by Centex Decks, the most prominent deck…

This Is Why Google And Amazon Are Building Futuristic Greenhouses

Ever wonder why office buildings have fountains in their mezzanine? Or, why Google and Amazon are building futuristic greenhouses? The answer is more than just fancy job perks, it’s actually scientific. Companies today have a greater understanding of the need for Biophilic design. Biophilia suggests that humans possess…

Ipe is Being Used to Fireproof Homes

In the aftermath of the countless wildfires that burned throughout the West this year, new methods of preparation for events like these have come forward. Citizens of the west have begun fireproofing their homes in anticipation of further damage in years to come. Ipe has been mentioned specifically…

1010 W. 10th Exterior Siding

What does over 51,000 lineal feet of hardwood siding look like? It looks like the perfect finish to downtown Austin’s latest luxury urban living residence: 1010 W. 10. Situated on, you guessed it, 1010 West 10th St., the 3 story, 14 residence condo was developed by JB Cumby Construction and…

ACC San Gabriel Campus

The newest Austin Community College Campus – located in Leander, TX – is soon to be a national example of the next generation of classroom architecture. Outfitted with a massive two-story library, high-tech classrooms, and a towering main atrium, ACC San Gabriel Campus was designed to inspire students. The interior and exterior…

OHC Lufkin Warehouse

OHC Welcomes Rocky Thigpen, Lufkin’s New Warehouse Manager

OHC has recently moved into its new 147,000 square foot warehouse in Lufkin, Texas in order to accommodate the addition of 2 million board feet of lumber that came with the Sitco acquisition. The new warehouse will contain a fully functional Millwork division of OHC with all of the manufacturing capabilities…