Customization is Key
Innovative home builders and designers are motivated to create a distinctive design that optimizes energy efficiency and style. Planning a new home is exciting and there are countless details to contemplate. However, the advantage is that you have the opportunity to choose the elements to incorporate into the overall design of your home. Customization is key in making your home uniquely yours.
Further, high-performance homes focus on homeowner comfort, natural beauty, and sustainability. Cedar wood is ideal for modern builds since it checks all these boxes.
Traditional cedar design evolved over time from First Nations communities. The readily available cedar wood was used to build canoes, paddles, totem poles, homes, and a variety of other items such as baskets and clothing. Striking cedar boxes with elaborate carving can also be found in upscale art galleries and gift shops today.
New cedar design trends abound in cedar wood furniture, fencing, musical instruments, siding, accent walls, ceilings, and roofing.
Fortunately, there are several ways to make a project exceptional with cedar wood, both indoors and out.
Indoor Cedar Elements
Ceiling: All eyes will go upward when you have a gorgeous cedar ceiling inside the home. Radiating natural warmth and with well-appointed lighting, a cedar ceiling shines.
Kitchen Cabinetry: Cedar kitchen cabinets offer a distinct rustic charm in modern kitchens. They accept any colour of stain and paint easily, thereby making it a versatile wood. In addition, custom cedar cabinets look stunning in a log home. Red cedar kitchen cupboards add warmth.
Staircases and Railings: Custom cedar stairs and railings are a stunning focal point in a well-designed home. Railings can also be artfully mixed with glass and metal materials for a modern aesthetic.
Outdoor Cedar Elements
Cedar Fence Panels: Although somewhat expensive, pre-built Cedar fencing panels look beautiful. In addition, they come in several styles to suit individual preference. Arched, flat or lattice topped, cedar fencing readily accepts any colour of stain you want for a truly customized fence for your property.
Decks and Lighting: Even though an environmentally friendly cedar deck is expensive and requires regular maintenance, it blends in superbly with nature. Be mindful natural cedar can be scraped or dented more easily than other types of deck material.
Aromatic and long-lasting, cedar decks also resist insect infestations. Constructed with landscape lighting, cedar decking creates admirable evening ambience.
Outbuildings: A charming cedar garage or garden shed looks like it belongs when thoughtfully incorporated into your landscape design. Insect and rot resistant, natural oils in cedar wood help prevent UV rays and moisture from penetrating.
Custom Shingles: The perfect choice for its natural durability and strength, cedar shingles and shakes further make for visually appealing roofs. Custom cedar shingles are exquisite for beachfront homes and rustic cottages. They also offer a certain sophistication to upscale residences. Elegant and timeless, cedar roofing has lasting character and charm.
The additional benefits of a cedar roof include longevity, strength to withstand stormy conditions, and energy efficiency as cedar has inherent insulation qualities.
Interior & Outdoor Cedar Elements
Wood Timbers and Beams: Western Red Cedar timbers come available in clear or knotty grades for both interior and exterior use. Not only for structural use, cedar timbers and beams can be used to make gorgeous overhangs for entryways, gazebos, and striking window frames.
A thoughtfully customized home extends the indoor living space into the outdoors. Now you, your loved ones have multiple amazing areas to relax, entertain, and unwind.
Renewable cedar wood structures are great for incorporating this wonderful material in an environmentally sustainable way. Source your local cedar from Longhouse Forest Products for your next customized cedar build. Call us today at 1-800-811-2010 to find out how we can help customize your next project to suit your unique needs and tastes.