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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.


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.


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.


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. No doubt about it, renewable cedar wood structures just feel healthier. Source your local cedar from Longhouse for your next customized cedar build.
How to Achieve a Modern House Design

Elegant Accents

Cedar trees are inherently beautiful and grow abundantly on BC’s West Coast. While undeniably a versatile softwood for modern building and renovations, there are countless ways cedar wood is being incorporated in design features. Both designers and homeowners are beginning to feature elegant cedar accents in new and old builds. But first, Yellow and Western Red Cedar from Longhouse has a number of familiar uses. 

Common Cedar Features

  • Traditional wood gables over entryways
  • Attractive cedar fencing panels
  • Custom multi-level decking around the home
  • Aromatic chests and closets
  • Interior paneling
  • Park boardwalks
  • Planters
  • Wood beams
But cedar is further highlighted in awe-inspiring contemporary design as well.

Modern Cedar Accents & Features

  • Silvery grey West Coast style beach houses (unstained cedar left to age naturally)
  • Drop channel diagonal or vertical cedar wood siding
  • Other cedar siding designs, such as board & batten or tongue & groove
  • Warm wood siding paired with cool stainless-steel windows 
  • Mixed glass and cedar wood walls
  • Mixed vertical and horizontal installed wood siding
  • Classic, rustic knotty Western Red Cedar siding 
  • Cedar mixed with stone and steel materials for contemporary projects
  • Cedar deck furniture
  • Exterior and interior cedar beams
  • Rough sawn cedar fascia
  • Raised cedar box garden beds
  • Fire treated cedar on retirement homes and wood school buildings
  • Dark stained cedar (ie. Charcoal Grey) siding and decking
  • Sophisticated wood farmhouse renovations
  • Cedar clad roof with skylights
  • Stylish wood window shutters
  • Pre-stained cedar window frames
  • Graphic cedar accent wall inside the home
  • Pre-stained cedar front door
  • Pre-stained cedar garage door
  • Cedar shakes for roofs and siding
  • Privacy cedar panels installed around home exterior and landscaping
  • Outdoor or indoor cedar sauna
People have always been attracted to the rustic allure and versatile characteristics of Western Red Cedar. Innovative Northwest Coast Indigenous cultures used cedar to make baskets, canoes, totems, and medicines. They made cedar popular because it’s not prone to cracking, and therefore pliable, and also repels insects. Certainly, homeowners needn’t commit to designing a building entirely with cedar. There are countless design accents that can highlight cedar beautifully in any home scheme. Cedar adds a natural warmth and outdoor charm to any build, making it a popular building selection for designers and homeowners alike. Moreover, cedar wood presents a natural warmth that cannot be imitated by other materials. Our dedicated professionals at Longhouse Specialty Forest Products can help you plan for your next project. We also ship our custom cut Yellow and Western Red Cedar products worldwide.