Refined Rustic

Nature lovers and those who appreciate the natural beauty of untreated wood tend to gravitate toward rustic looking homes. Certainly, there is something fulfilling about preserving the natural magnificence of a rustic building that blends in with the surrounding environment. Here at Longhouse we certainly understand the joys of modernizing an old home with cedar to create a refined rustic sanctuary.

Moreover, modernizing a classic rustic house with cedar wood extends the precious history of an exterior and interior. Then family and friends can enjoy the natural calming benefits of a rustic renovation.


  • Nothing compares to the natural beauty and aesthetic appeal of cedar in home building.
  • Like snowflakes, no two wood grains are the same—every cedar building is an original.
  • Western Red Cedar has a pleasing pink to reddish tone.
  • Western Red Cedar is also easy to work with since it is a softwood.
  • Cedar wood doesn’t shrink, warp, or rumple like certain other lumbers. This is important to consider in humid climates.
  • The cell structure of cedar provides automatic thermal insulation to a building.
  • In addition, the cell structure offers inherent noise-reduction capabilities.
  • The naturally occurring thermal properties thereby lower energy costs of heating and cooling the home.
  • Decay resistant for over 40 years of life.
  • Insect resistant.
  • Extremely versatile and may be stained or left untreated.
  • May be stained in a variety of colours.
  • Biodegradable and recyclable—cedar is an excellent choice for preserving the environment.
  • Lifespan can be increased with regular applications of sealer.
  • Pitch and resin-free.
  • Receives stain easily.
  • Cedar wood is durable and requires replacement only after a long period of time when compared to other home building materials.
  • A renewable building material unlike man-made materials that end up in our landfills.
  • Cedar requires less energy to produce than concrete or steel and is sustainably sourced in British Columbia.
  • The manufacture of wood products produces far fewer toxins and greenhouse gases than any man-made construction material.
  • The manufacture of recycled steel greatly affects air and water quality as opposed to forest regeneration, which creates more trees and thereby, more oxygen. Trees also absorb carbon dioxide.
  • Cedar frame construction is easier to insulate to today’s high standards.
  • Local cedar requires shorter transport time and thereby produces less of a carbon footprint.
  • Cedar wood minimizes the accumulation of dust and bacteria.

Popular home building applications for cedar encompass blinds, shutters, decks, exterior and interior trim, shingles, and siding. Undoubtedly, a well-designed cedar deck offers instant contemporary style to an aging home. A new cedar roof blends in beautifully in West Coast builds. In addition, cedar wood may have knots and defects that can be used in decorative functions, such as new trim and windowsills.

Taking a classic rustic house and modernizing it with cedar softwood is a brilliant way to build on the West Coast. Indeed, cedar wood is environmentally superior in contrast to other building materials with an innate beauty that lasts.