Resolution Projects BlogBoost Your Home’s Value with Cedar Cladding; 5 Stunning Examples

Your choice of exterior home cladding will determine how well your home connects visually to its environment and can be an important factor in maximising the value of your home. The choice of Cedar cladding for New Zealand homes is becoming more and more popular. Cedar is considered a premium product for home exteriors and is associated with some of our most highly desirable homes.

Cedar has been used in New Zealand for decades as a cladding material of choice, it is both a durable and beautiful product. With many options available on the market, aesthetics and maintenance are key considerations when choosing which type of cedar cladding to opt for.  If you’re looking for a premium material with natural beauty, that’s sustainably harvested and has antimicrobial properties (protecting against rot), then cedar is a great option.

Resolution Projects has completed a number of renovations, reclads and new homes in Cedar. Because of its association with quality, Cedar is a popular choice for those looking to achieve a top price for their home when preparing their property for market. 

Here are 5 recent projects selected to  showcase the variety of ways this timber can be used to create stunning homes. 

1. Totally transformed Takapuna beachfront home

This stunning home on Auckland’s North Shore originally had large windows which brought in the view but had no indoor outdoor connection to the beautiful beach just a couple of steps away. 

The brief: 

  1. Re-clad and rebuild the plaster home and correct all weather tightness issues. 
  2. Modernise the home in a contemporary effortless luxury style suited to beachside living. 
  3. Prepare the house for market. 


Beachside appeal
Vertical cedar was selected for its modern clean aesthetic and was stained dark with Resene Woodsman. Maximising the living on the North West of the property facing the beach was key to creating a home with serious beachside appeal. We achieved this by installing large sliding joinery units in Vantage Pitch Black Ebony to work perfectly with the cedar.

Before and after shot of substantial seaside home
Before and after shots showing the stunning transformation of this beach-front home


Wrap around decks were built using Vitex Decking selected for durability in a warm shade giving contrast and lightness to the building. A seamless indoor outdoor flow was created for the three elevations of the home giving the new owners endless opportunities to enjoy the kiwi summer with multiple spaces for living, entertaining and relaxing.

View of large sliding doors looking out to sea
Cedar clad home with sun drenched deck


Interior restyling
The interior of the home was also given a complete refurbishment with expansion of the building’s original footprint. In consultation with the client we carefully allocated the building budget to focus on elements which would have the biggest impact for sale.

The existing kitchen which was well designed in its day was given a clever update with new benchtops, tapware, cabinet facings, hardware and splashback. The result was an upmarket new kitchen without the investment in new cabinetry. 

In the bedrooms, wide sliding window joinery was installed to give the luxury feeling of being on a balcony overlooking the beach and en-suites and bathrooms were re-done. 

Large bedroom with sea view

Finally, we connected the garage with the house by building an atrium which provided additional storage and the convenience of all year round watertight parking. The renovation created a high value home with serious understated luxury appeal ready for market. 

Home clad in black cedar

Products used
Decking: Vitex decking
Joinery: Vantage joinery in Pitch Black Ebony 
Cladding: Herman Pacific Vertical Dressed Cedar HP56 Profile 
Colour: Stained with Resene Woodsman 

2. Contemporary Cedar in Mission Bay

The brief: Modernise and upgrade in a creative, contemporary style.

For this project, we used three types of cladding to create a visually stunning finish to the home. Nu-wall aluminium cladding was the main cladding system selected for its clean modern aesthetic and low maintenance durability. Cedar was used extensively as a warm element in contrast to the modern profile of the black Nu-wall and helped showcase the beauty of this timber.

Large home clad in black cedar with swimming pool

The living and bedrooms all faced towards the view and outdoor living area. Vantage Ebony Black joinery was installed to work perfectly with the black Nu-wall. Cedar was installed on the soffits (underside of the eves) for a high end finish that provides a warm inviting covered area for entertaining on the deck. Large structural posts were clad in Cedar to create symmetry and complete the contrasting design.  

Top story of large home with cedar eves

Shadow cladding painted with a Porters Paints Corden Steel Paint finish was the third system used to accent the architectural detail of the stairwell.

A stunning entrance clad entirely in Cedar provided a stylish focal point to the home. The clean line finish was achieved by installing flush mounted garage door fixings which hides the garage doors and blends them into the wall elevation. 

Entrance way with cedar cladding

The result is an unique architectural home in a style which will stand the test of time.

Products used:
Nu-wall aluminium 
Vertical structural posts: CP862 Dressed Kauri Gum 
Soffits and cladding: HP808 Dressed Kauri Gum 

3. Cedar baton St Heliers town house 

The brief: Re-clad, extend and modernise this four bedroom townhouse to maximise its value and prepare for sale.  

Before and after shot of townhouse
Before and after shots of this completely reclad townhouse

Plywood cladding with random cedar batons was selected to create a sleek modern profile which suited the townhouse perfectly.  The living side of the home was opened up to create flow to the outdoor area and a deck was incorporated for enhanced entertaining and living. 

Rooms opening out into a large deck

To maximise the value of the home a interior renovation with new kitchen and three updated bathrooms was completed. We achieved this by increasing the original footprint of the home and adding a new kitchen area. This created more space for living areas when then flow onto the generous deck area for entertaining. Finally an attractive timber screen was added to provide privacy to upstairs bedrooms on the street side and add curb side appeal for prospective buyers.

Products used:
Plywood cladding with random cedar batons contrasted with white brick – painted in Resene Milk White 
40/25 and 60/30 cedar batons 
New Vantage Aluminium Silver Pearl joinery 

4. Orakei traditional meets contemporary

The brief: Re-clad the home in preparation for sale. 

To reduce costs, we re-used the existing joinery and retained the original tile roof which was in excellent condition. The design needed to aesthetically sit well with the tile roof. Horizontal shiplap Cedar cladding was selected as an element which would work well with tiles creating a modern yet traditional feel while introducing a warmth with natural timber beauty.

Copper soakers and nail fixings were used as an accent and finishing detail. White surrounds were added to the existing joinery to create a contrast to the dark cedar, maintaining a clever balance of contemporary versus traditional for this home. 

Products used:
Herman Pacific cedar HP 61. Colour: Stain product Shadow match

5. Vertical shiplap Cedar in Remuera 

The brief: A full re-clad and renovation to prepare the home for sale.

The home was developed from 3 bedrooms and a study to 4 bedrooms and a study maximising the value of the home. The scope included new joinery and window placements, building in the balconies on the south elevation to create extra bathrooms and an extra bedroom, a new designer kitchen and renovation of three bathrooms plus new flooring and interior painting. 

Vertical shiplap Cedar cladding was selected for its clean line using dual widths to give the elevations a subtle contrast and create a high end finish. Resene Crows head stain was selected alongside Black Vantage joinery to create a modern luxury aesthetic. 

Large home with outdoor dining area

Products used:
Timber: Herman Pacific HP 56 and HP 60
Stain colour: Crows Head 

If you’re planning a home renovation or reclad, give us a call today on 0800 777 977.