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Warm Up this Winter

Scroll anywhere through social media and you’re likely to see cozy photos of log cabins nestled amidst stunning natural backdrops. Majestic mountains, crystal lakes, and an inviting cabin with smoke drifting lazily from the chimney—who wouldn’t happily walk into that shot? Undoubtedly, a log cabin is attractive to any outdoor enthusiast. A fisher can envision fishing in a nearby stream, retiring at day’s end to cook his or her catch over a sizzling BBQ on the cedar deck. A couple of hikers can envision an intimate getaway snuggled before a roaring fire in a remote cabin. And a day of snowshoeing with a welcoming cedar cabin to relax in at day’s end is certainly tempting. Just what is the mystery that makes a log cabin seem so warm and appealing?


A log cabin seems to deliver us back to a simpler time when people lived off the land, close to nature. With only birds and other critters filling the air, as opposed to traffic and construction, it’s easy to unplug at a cabin, especially without WiFi. In addition, chopping wood for the wood heater inside a cabin gives us a natural workout and a satisfying sense of accomplishment. We’re making sure our family and friends are warm and toasty. Then we feel we’ve earned downtime in front of an aromatic, blazing fire.


One of the main features of a cedar cabin is its organic red and yellow tones in the knotty planks. The warm earth and honey tones of cedar radiate warmth and comfort. Warm wood tones simply offer a comforting ambience and go hand-in-hand with cabin life. The light hues of cedar look great even when its storming outside. But cedar also warms to a rich honey hue as the sun shines.


Secondly, there is no denying the appeal of cedar left in its natural state. Not only does it not require pre-staining, but cedar remains durable left untouched. Cedar’s texture also effortlessly blends in with natural surroundings. Combine that with the intoxicating aroma, both indoors and out, and it’s easy to see why a log cabin makes us feel instantly relaxed. Normally, a wood cabin also offers stunning views of nature. Instead of hanging artwork, all we need to do is glance out a window to watch nature unfold before our eyes.


A Western Red Cedar cabin is naturally resistant to invasive insects and decay. Homeowners can relax knowing that a cabin made from cedar will last longer and require less maintenance than other types of wood. It weathers beautifully over time as well, retaining its natural charm. Cedar’s versatility and affordability also give us the warm and cozy feels. Western Red Cedar is ideal for absorbing an amazing range of gorgeous finishes. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the unique and sensual wood grain of cedar. Cedar is also blessedly biodegradable and renewably sourced. And instead of increasing air pollution, cedar removes greenhouses gases from the atmosphere. Life in a log cabin makes for a happy heart and a healthy mind. Once you’ve discovered the spot for your cabin, contact Longhouse. Our cedar experts can help your cabin dreams come true.

Deck the Home

Most islanders take advantage of their outdoor space as much as possible year-round. Instead of viewing the deck as a separate entity, why not see it as an extension of your home—an exterior living space that expands your enjoyment of the home interior. After contemplating your budget and maintenance capabilities, decide how you most want to use the deck. Perhaps its mainly for entertainment purposes or in fact a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of life. Inspiration online and here abounds.

20 Deck Ideas for Your Home

Primarily, design a deck that takes advantage of stunning outdoor views. From an ocean vista to a forest panorama, build a deck that allows guests to soak up spectacular views of nature.
  1. If you or someone in the family is a gourmet chef in the making, why not design a deck with a full outdoor kitchen? With a built-in grill, countertop, cabinets, sink, and fridge outside your back door, you can enjoy eating al fresco at your leisure.
  2. A spa-themed deck with swimming area, hot tub, and party lights is an excellent choice for stressed out souls. Luxuriate in thick spa towels, overstuffed lounge chairs, and a heavenly outdoor sound system emitting spa music for pure deck hedonism. Hang a hammock just for fun.
  3. A private deck oasis teeming with potted plants, privacy screens, and oversized outdoor furniture and pillows provides a delicious sanctuary for reading the days away.
  4. Decide on an open deck for unobstructed views of landscaping or an enclosed deck with railings for safety.
  5. A covered deck permits entertaining in any weather. A glass enclosed deck or a pergola does the trick nicely.
  6. A multi-level deck space allows for separate dining, lounging, and hot tub soaking areas.
  7. Tastefully combined wood and stone decking adds a visual dynamic to your outdoor living space while blending in beautifully with nature.
  8. Choose to refrain from staining a deck and leave it in its natural state for a more rustic ambience. Alternately, stain a cedar deck in any colour of the rainbow to match the home exterior.
  9. Raised wood garden beds with wheels are a great addition to decks for garden enthusiasts. They may be moved around your deck for more sunlight or protection from voluminous rains.
  10. A deck that incorporates a soothing water feature drowns out unwanted noise. Either a water fountain in an attractive container or a rock water wall designed into the deck can provide years of auditory bliss.
  11. If it’s more intimacy you desire, gather loved ones around a warm fire pit placed in the deck lounging zone.
  12. Wide stairs provide safe and spacious outdoor walking zones when built strategically around the deck. Deep deck steps also allow room for lush flower containers.
  13. Additionally, integrate deck lighting along stairs and around landscaping. You’ll feel as if you’re on holiday every time you head out to stargaze.
  14. Cedar benching built onto the deck adds harmony and extra seating.
  15. Instead of customary straight edged decking, why not choose curved edges?
  16. A built-in gazebo or pergola on the deck provides decorators with plenty of options for hanging baskets and ambient lighting.
  17. For those who adore clean, open spaces, go symmetrical for a structured deck.
  18. Mix elements of nature by incorporating natural stone walkways or walls with cedar decking.
  19. Reduce the threat of fire on your deck with Fire Retardant Treated Wood and keep your home and family safe and sound.
Gorgeous coastal softwood cedar is ideal for constructing sustainable, durable decking. Longhouse provides green-friendly Yellow and Western Red Cedar that withstands harsh weather and insects. Building a deck for your home increases the value and your family’s enjoyment of the home. Furthermore, decks provide a special space for entertaining guests, peaceful relaxation, and even a gardening area for a more self-governing lifestyle. Depending on what you desire in your outdoor living space, the staff at Longhouse is here to meet your needs. Deck your home in time for the holidays and you may be roasting your holiday dinner on your delightful new deck.  
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Cedar Versus Birch—Who Will Win?

Choosing between a softwood and a hardwood can be tough when you’re not aware of the properties of all the different types of wood. Depending on the use, from furniture to flooring, selecting the right species of wood is important not only for the project at hand, but for the longevity of the end product. Cedar and birch are two types of popular woods and both have a variety of uses. Nevertheless, cedar is a softwood and birch a hardwood. Regardless of how the term sounds, softwood is not weaker than hardwood, but can be less expensive. Fortunately, armed with further information, you can easily compare the two wood types and see which one wins for your building purposes.


  • Two main varieties of birch for building purposes are yellow and white.
  • Yellow Birch varies from pale yellow to white in colour, with reddish-brown heartwood.
  • White Birch has a whiter colour resembling the light, creamy colours of Maple Wood, and can be indistinguishable between the two.
  • Birch is harder than Cedar, stable, and relatively easy to work with.
  • Birch is less expensive than several types of hardwoods and is readily available.
  • Birch doesn’t gouge easily and is therefore practical to work with.
  • Often used in the manufacturing of fine furniture and millwork, birch is also commonly used as veneer over plywood instead of solid wood.
  • Staining can be tricky with Birch since it can get blotchy and may require painting.
  • Birch holds screws well and is strong, making it ideal for bracing and other structural components, such as tables and cabinets.
  • Birch has good shock resistance and takes both stain and polish well.


  • The most common variety of cedar wood is Western Red Cedar which has a reddish colour, although there exists over a dozen species of cedar belonging to several different families of trees.
  • Western Red Cedar has a reddish to pink-brown heartwood and a light yellow-white sapwood.
  • Cedar has one of the most aromatic wood scents making it a pleasing addition to the interior and exterior of any building.
  • Cedar is an ideal choice for decks, patio furniture, wood shingles, and fence posts due to its inherent durability to withstand the elements.
  • Cedar has a straight grain and is known for its narrow, knotty planks because of its slow growth.
  • Western Red Cedar can withstand moist environments without decaying.
  • Additionally, it can be pre-stained in any colour you choose or left in its natural state. Western Red Cedar readily accepts colours and finishes and may be purchased in a wide range of grades, textures, and dimensions.
  • Biodegradable and recyclable, cedar provides excellent insulation.
  • Cedar wood decking is lighter and therefore, easier to work with than many other types of decking material.
  • Cedar softwood is also affordable and sustainably sourced.
Certainly, it depends on the type of project you require the wood for that will win your choice. After careful consideration of the pros and cons of each wood type, the decision should become clear which type of wood is best suited for the job.