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    Green Considerations

    We are at that stage of construction for our new wedding venue and wellness retreat, where the detailed design decisions and product selections made many months ago begin to take shape. While we are building a “green” venue (i.e. with solar panels and rainwater collection), this point in our construction journey illustrates the importance of planning and confirmation of design decisions in the development of a sustainable venue.Preparation for rainwater harvesting system on grea...  Read More...

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    Event Bar Updates

    Remember our bright red event bar next to our great hall? We shared with you in August how it was about to undergo a beautiful exterior transformation! Well here it is! Our event bar has taken on a calmer and more neutral shade of white and silver.   Read More...

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    Signs Of Great Things To Come

    You know we're getting close to opening, when the new road signs for The Cedars Ranch have been put in place! With our opening planned for March 2019, construction of our main venue building, the great hall, is moving along nicely. Here's where we are at right now ...We're loving the modern architectural design of our great hall, and are so impressed with how it is all coming together. When this 2,700 square foot building is completed, it will feature a gorgeous wooden dance flo...  Read More...

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    Summer Skyscapes & Dark Skies

    As Summer comes to an end, we reflect on some beautiful skyscapes at The Cedars Ranch during the past few months. Come on a little tour with us as we take in the beautiful simple and dramatic skyscapes of a Texas Hill Country Summer time ...Fluffy whites nestle in behind our newly framed great hall - May:Wispy clouds float above our event bar - July: Evening clouds drift in over our progressing great hall - August:Sunset approaches and lights up the sky in brilliant pinks and oranges:As sun...  Read More...

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    Great Hall Updates

    We have some more progress updates on our new wedding and event venue this week! For one thing, our great hall shou-sugi-ban exterior wood cladding is nearly complete. It is such a beautiful material.   Read More...

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    Inner & Outer Transformations

    Our new wedding and event venue great hall continues to progress and transform. For the past few weeks there has been transformations occurring on both the inside and outside of our new structure. Aiming for a modern and airy interior finish, our design team have been carrying out some color tests inside our great hall, painting the wooden beams in shades of white.As the painting continues, the outside is being prepped to receive our new "shou-sugi-ban" wood which will form the outer “skin”...  Read More...

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    Placemaking In Progress

    For the past few weeks our architects have been busy choosing materials, textures and color finishes for the exterior of the great hall, event bar and plaza. Here's how it is all coming together ... Great HallThe team at HA Architecture have been experimenting with wood finishes for the exterior of the great hall. Check out this gorgeous "shou-sugi-ban" wood sample below, by Delta Millworks, Austin."Delta Millworks began burning wood in 2007, and we were instantly enthral...  Read More...

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    The Start of Something Truly Wonderful

    Hi. Brenda Ryan here, The Cedars Ranch operations and sustainability manager. I'm really happy to be writing this blogpost, and sharing with you all this week. Most of the time I work for The Cedars Ranch from my home office in South Austin.   Read More...

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    More Than Just A Great Hall!

    Construction progress on our new venue "great hall" continues this week. You can begin to see that our great hall is more than just a great hall! The construction crew have been building out the area adjacent to the large open hall space, to the south / south east of the building (left in the photo below).   Read More...

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    Venue Now & After

    This week we thought it would be fun to share some current construction shots of our wedding and events venue here at The Cedars Ranch, and compare them to the "after" images created by our architect team. Now & After: Inside the Great HallThanks to Jamie Crawley, HA Architecture for this black and white photo of the dance of light and shade within our great hall, before the roof is finished. Compare this to a dance of a different kind, once our gorgeous great hall is completed by the e...  Read More...

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    Sparks, Trusses & Epic Roof Moments

    Sparks are flying here at The Cedars Ranch! Don't worry - they are all good sparks! The bolts we needed for our great hall trusses were so long we couldn’t buy them, so instead our amazing steel team are making them!   Read More...

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    Friends, Chocolate Mint Tea & Wine

    We had the sweet blessing of being visited by our dear friend Brent this week, all the way from New Brunswick, Canada. He, like you all, has been following our progress here at The Cedars Ranch, and was eager to check it out for himself! Here's Bill and Brent at the great hall site ...Brent was happy to be of help during his stay, and there's always plenty work to do on 20 acres of Texas ranch land!   Read More...

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    Great Hall & Event Bar Transformations

    Construction is moving forward at a steady pace here at The Cedars Ranch, the past few weeks. Grady Burnette Builders are doing a great job bringing the vision to life.  Remember those roof trusses we saw being made a few weeks ago for the great hall?   Read More...

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    Classic Construction at The Cedars Ranch

    Great hall construction continues this week at The Cedars Ranch, this time in sophisticated black and white! Check out these classic shots taken by our local architect Jamie Crawley, with HA Architecture.We shared with you previously about the fabrication of the roof trusses. This week the trusses were lifted and moved in order to prepare them for painting.   Read More...

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    Great Hall Progress

    It’s been all about the “trusses” this week, here at The Cedars Ranch!!The trusses are the framework of wood and steel that will support the roof of our venue’s great hall. Viewing an architectural rendering of our completed great hall here below, you can see the triangular truss structures supporting the high lofty roof. The style of these trusses help create this open and expansive feel within our great hall - one of the signature features of our modern great hall architecture. Seeing as ...  Read More...

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    Foundation From Sunrise to Sunset

    This week was a big week for The Cedars Ranch, as the foundation was poured for our new gorgeous dance hall! It's sunrise over The Cedars Ranch, and the activity is about to start ... Everyone's busy as the concrete is being poured ...The workers polish the newly poured concrete to ensure a smooth and even surface ...Such a big part of the story of The Cedars Ranch is its Canadian "roots". Not only because Marilyn is from Canada, but our amazing architects that have helped create this ...  Read More...

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    Cedars Focus Group

    Even though we are still in the early stages of our dance hall construction and site development, this is the time when we need to pin down key structural and design decisions such as where we need electricity outlets, what are our lighting requirements, and certain traffic flow considerations throughout the site. To this aim, our local project architect Jamie Crawley of HA Architecture convened a meeting here at The Cedars Ranch this week with some key wedding professionals, to help us make the...  Read More...

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    Magic of Spring!

    While construction had to slow down this week due to the rain, the garden has been coming back to life! Our broccoli and brussel sprouts have been loving all this rain ...We saw this quote recently, and felt it was appropriate for noticing the beauty of Spring around us here at The Cedars Ranch: "The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." ~ W.B. YeatsWe planted a bunch of bluebonnets, but these guys came up on their own in the garden granite!   Read More...

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    Here Come The Plumbers

    Moving along with the exciting momentum of breaking ground last week, the next step is preparing our dance hall site for plumbing. Here are the plumbing crew on site... The team must first measure and mark out where the trenches will go for the eventual plumbing ... Chase is the lead plumber on the team, and is captured here keeping an eye on everything!Time for the big guns! Once measurements are final, it's time to cut some trenches!Trenches are dug and the ground is covered as ...  Read More...

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    CONSTRUCTION HAS STARTED!!!

    IT HAS BEGUN!! Yes, in all caps because we are that EXCITED!!! The construction of The Cedars Ranch event center has commenced!   Read More...

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    A Tale of One Yurt Wall

    Drywalling was the big thing going on this week! If you are familiar with yurts at all, you have probably mostly seen open plan yurts with no internal walls. As our yurt is a large "family-size" yurt, and we want it to be a fully functioning self-contained home, we need some internal walls to separate our restroom and kitchen area.   Read More...

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    Momentous Moments & Moving In

    This week has been moving in week! What joy! While the yurt is still not fully completed inside, we have been making a lot of headway, and we're already reaping the benefits of our new "home"!Perhaps not the most glamorous place to start this week, but still important; our yurt septic tank went in on Wednesday and passed inspection!This week Bill and I became experts at IKEA assembly!! Here's one of our completed IKEA bookcases volunteering as a pantry in our yurt kitchen ...  Read More...

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    Yurt Love At First Sight!

    Here's our fully constructed yurt in all it's glory. Ta dah ... !!Now it's time to prepare it so we can move in!Here's Marilyn staining the front doors ...The builders were kept busy this week building the stairs up to our back door ... and putting up the internal walls ...It is super exciting to start moving in some of our furniture and appliances.   Read More...

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    The Yurt Is Up!!

    Yes, it's true! The moment has finally arrived! Our yurt is up!We thought the rain at the start of last week was going to hamper our yurt building efforts.   Read More...

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    Yurt Floor Plan

    Work continues on our yurt construction this week. The start of the week saw a lot of electrical work being done. You can see the electric outlets cut into the yurt platform below ... With a peak under the yurt decking, you can see the box is in place ... Here's Bill checking out some of the yurt floor plan details that are been drawn on the subfloor.   Read More...

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    12 Days of Painting!!

    Let me tell you all - it has been a busy busy week! We have been working from sun up to sun down, painting all the yurt boards. Whew!   Read More...

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    Pillars, Platforms & Lattices

    Things have been moving swiftly along here at The Cedars Ranch this week as we continue to prepare for our yurt construction. Here's the crew from Santiago Concrete, a company based here in Wimberley, pouring and shaping the concrete posts ...Here are the completed concrete pillars that will support the timber platform, upon which will rest our brand new yurt ... The timber for the platform arrived just in time ... Our platform is coming along nicely, as you can see ... Meanwh...  Read More...

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    Yurt Platforming & Tree Trimming

    Great news! Our yurt is finally on its way and due to be delivered later this week. The next step in preparations is building the yurt platform.   Read More...

  • Flying over The Cedars Ranch

    As promised, here's our latest aerial video of The Cedars Ranch showing our construction and landscaping progress so far. Our maintenance and garden shed looks so good! We think it definitely makes our tractors look sexy! What a difference a year makes!   Read More...

  • Tractor Temple & Fairy Flitting!

    It’s 2017! Happy New Year to everyone, from The Cedars Ranch team! We are very grateful that you are part of our onward adventure here at The Cedars.   Read More...

  • Back Walls & Breathing Spaces

    The Southern Exposure crew continued work on the inside of our garden and maintenance shed, this week. Here, you can see the back wall going up (just in time for this cold weather!) ...Otherwise, things have been a little quieter on the land this week. As you know, all our garden stonework and construction is completed, and awaiting planting.   Read More...

  • Finished Stonework & Festive Fairies

    There's been huge progress with our maintenance and garden shed this week. Southern Exposure are doing such a great job with the construction and siding. Here's Kirby and Paige hard at work ...We're already starting to store some of our machinery in there! Look how beautiful the inside shed walls look too! In the photo above, you can peek through the gap and see our garden and gazebo in the distance.   Read More...

  • Raised Beds, Roofing, Siding, Framing!

    It's been another busy construction week at The Cedars Ranch. Let's go on a tour and show you our latest updates!GardenOur first stop is the garden. Our stonemasons are making a lot of progress with our stone pathways and raised garden beds.   Read More...

  • Garden & Fairy Updates!

    This week, we're back to the garden!Garden GazeboCheck out the progress with our beautiful stone pathways leading to our garden gazebo. This is our very own stone reclaimed from the land too. Isn't this beautiful? As you can see, our stone masons are true artists.Work is continuing on the rest of the garden surrounding the gazebo.   Read More...

  • Site Plans, Shed Walls & Mystery Move-Ins

    There's been a lot of exciting movement and progress at The Cedars this week. Yesterday, our local architect, Jamie from HA Architecture, dropped by with a massive roll of newly completed architectural and engineer site plans under his arm!These engineer stamped plans for The Cedars Ranch include structural plans, foundation plans, floor plans, plumping site plans, electrical site plans and much more architectural and engineering detail for our future development. They literally outline the...  Read More...

  • Decisions, Decisions

    This week we’ve been busy making decisions! This is the first time that we have been part of a building project and we are so grateful for our architectural teams!!! After meeting with Micah, our landscape architect (Coleman and Assoc), over more site plan specifics we had final choices to make with Jamie, our Austin architect (HA Architecture), over material choices for our house, the Dance Hall and the Reception Pavilion.Here’s Jamie and Micah reviewing some ideas …Some of o...  Read More...

  • New Perspectives, Overflowing Garden & Fawn Visits

    We both returned this week from an extended vacation in Atlantic Canada. It was so nice to return to The Cedars. It really does feel like home.   Read More...

  • Jump on board for an aerial tour!

    We have a special treat for you this week! We are bringing you on an aerial tour of our 20 acres of Texas hill country magic! Check out our drone video below ...   Read More...

  • Concrete and Color!

    It has been a busy and exciting week at The Cedars. We ended last week with the foundation frame for the event bar / shed shack in place. Well, as of yesterday, we have a fully laid colored foundation!   Read More...

  • It's Official! Construction has Started!!

    It’s official! Construction at The Cedars Ranch has begun! Last Friday, the foundation frame for our Event Bar (or “Shed Shack” as we like to call it!) was put in place.   Read More...

  • Our Glamorous Life!

    This week the septic specialist was out on the land, testing to see where on the site we can put the new septic system! I know, I know, probably not the most glamorous subject, but we’re excited! This is the next step in moving towards our first foundation being constructed, and our shed shack (future event bar) being moved to its permanent location.   Read More...

  • Huge Highs and a Scary Low

    Well, this week has been emotional, to say the least!   Walking through the schematics with Acre was incredibly exciting! We have to keep you in suspense, of course, but suffice it to say that this is going to be amazing!!!   Read More...