Shou Sugi Ban: A Guide to Charred Timber Cladding

a large self build home with shou sugi ban charred timber cladding
(Image credit: Kilian O'Sullivan)

If the term Shou Sugi Ban isn’t one you’re familiar with, you’ll undoubtedly recognise the style of this charred timber cladding when you see it. 

The ancient Japanese wood charring art has grown in popularity in recent years as a dark, dramatic and contemporary exterior treatment for self builds and extensions. 

Claire Lloyd

Claire is Editor in Chief of Homebuilding & Renovating website and magazine. She became Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating in 2016 and has been a member of the team for 15 years. An experienced homes journalist, her work has also appeared in titles such as Real Homes and Period Living.

She has a particular interest in green homes and sustainability, and interior design is a passion too; she has undertaken qualifications in this area. 

After finishing a major renovation of a period cottage, she is now onto her next project: overhauling a 1930s property in the Shropshire countryside.