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
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.