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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.
The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

When using cedar siding in residential or commercial building applications, the decision must be made whether to leave the cedar untreated to weather naturally, or to have it stained. Purchasing pre-stained cedar siding not only preserves the grain, but also offers further design choices. While the siding requires re-staining and regular cleaning, the aesthetics deliver viewing pleasure for decades to come. Besides making the siding job more efficient, there are other reasons for purchasing pre-stained cedar.

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

According to Brian Jenkins, owner/operator of Longhouse, the benefits of pre-stained cedar siding are enormous. First of all, the treatment can be applied 365 days/year in their facility. Additionally, he estimates that the cost of pre-stained is roughly one third of hiring someone to stain on site.

Pre-stained cedar siding gets delivered to the job site protected from weather conditions—therefore, no scrambling to tarp stacks of untreated cedar from rain. Furthermore, if workers are applying the stain, weather can cause delays, siding can get wet, and there remains a mess to clean up afterwards. Also, on-site staining can result in an inferior finish compared to machine-staining.

Forgoing stain altogether may also result in a shorter siding life-span. Jenkins explains that in the northern hemisphere, the south side of a building should be re-stained about every 4-5 years; the rest can be done every 6-7 years. This is because intense UV rays break down the stain colourants. Re-staining is relatively cheap and requires little prepping when done in a timely manner.

A natural softwood, cedar siding is more expensive, but when properly maintained, it can last nearly a lifetime. It’s also more eco-friendly than other materials, and pre-treated siding is more environmentally safe than the cedar being sprayed at the job site; therefore, you have a healthier work environment. In addition, cedar siding is susceptible to fewer problems than other types of wood, such as rot, bacteria, and mildew.

Furthermore, pre-stained cedar done by the manufacturer under controlled conditions ensures proper moisture content and consistent application. So in addition to avoiding the costs of hiring someone to stain untreated cedar, purchasing pre-stained siding delivers a durable and appealing end product, available in any colour under the sun.

Indeed, production won’t be at the mercy of sub-contractors’ schedules and less storage is required at the job site. The efficiency of having the cedar siding delivered to the job site pre-stained and ready to install can’t be understated.

Pre-stained cedar is clearly an organic choice for builders and homeowners who value West Coast style, longevity, and supporting eco-friendly products. In addition to its many other benefits, cedar is biodegradable and will not end up clogging the local landfill. The dedicated professionals at Longhouse Specialty Forest Products are happy to help you with your upcoming building ventures, no matter the location, since they deliver the finished product worldwide.