This jaw dropping project in Half Moon Bay, CA is about one month away from completion. It took 12 years to get the building permit.
It was our pleasure to travel down to visit this project and meet with our client, Dave O’keefe of O’keefe Construction based out of San Francisco, after working on this project with him for almost a year. Each building is unique in its design, but similar enough to create a cohesive look on the property. One unit will be used as a vacation home for Dave and his family, while the other houses a small retail space on the ground floor, with residential living space above that will likely be rented out on Air B&B.
Due to the unique nature of our business and the relationships we have developed with mills throughout the Pacific Northwest, we were able to match the architect’s spec for the custom milled clear, vertical grain, 1×6” Western Red Cedar “nickel gap” tongue and groove he was looking for to complete the exterior cladding.
The fence around the property was constructed using 5 foot 1×6” clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar boards. Not only did sourcing 5’ material save Dave money on the material and shipping, it also helped keep the boards super straight between the powder coated aluminum posts. A real win, win!
“In this industry, it’s tough to find people who do what they say they will. I’ve appreciated that about you.” Dave O’keefe, O’keefe Construction, San Francisco, CA
Grown only in the Pacific Northwest, Thuja plicata, commonly referred to as Western Red Cedar, is the ultimate building material for outdoor applications due to its natural durability and work-ability. It is resistant to rot, decay and insect attacks. This means that anything built with it will last longer and require less maintenance. Aesthetically, there is no parallel for the natural beauty of Western Red Cedar.
Western Red Cedar is available in different grades, including the one that is just right for your project. From casual knotty grades to clear grades, each offers its own unique style to help you achieve the architectural element you desire.
When a motivated home owner in California contacted us about supplying him with Western Red Cedar for a fence he wanted to build, he also provided us with pictures he found on Pinterest. This helped us determine what grade and dimension of Western Red Cedar he was interested in using for his custom fence.
With his handy work, and our high quality, clear Western Red Cedar, he was able to create an amazing feature on his property that will last for many, many years!
“Michele – G’Morning. I wanted to thank you for all you did and providing the Cedar Lumber. I wanted to send you couple pictures of the end result, it turned out amazing” – Rick
When specifying materials for your next project, don’t be disappointed, insist on Western Red Cedar, the Cedar that is grown in our back yard! Even with shipping, (in most instances) the pricing is comparable to your local lumber yard with the quality and supply much better.
Whether it is to keep critters in or out, define property lines or outdoor spaces, create visual interest or add privacy, a well thought out and properly constructed fence adds immediate “curb appeal” to any address. From rustic to fancy, using real wood in your fence design adds the warmth and beauty that man made products just can’t duplicate.
Western Red Cedar Fencing
Prized for its natural durability and work-ability, Western Red Cedar has always been a top choice wood for outdoor fences. For those wishing to create a traditional privacy fence at an economical price, standard 5′ or 6′ fence grade boards are great choice. The fence boards are installed vertically by securing them to 2×4’s that have been screwed or nailed into fence posts.
Another option for a privacy fence that adds a bit more character and interest, is to install Western Red Cedar fence boards, deck boards or fascia grade boards vertically between posts. Here is a great example
Another nice, economical and extremely durable type of fence made from Western Red Cedar and galvanized “hog wire” panels has gain a lot of popularity recently. It is perfect for defining garden spaces.
Unique and beautiful, this fence is constructed out of varying widths of Cedar boards and stained a beachy-white to compliment the landscape.
This amazing fence was built by our customer in California using Clear Western Red Cedar dimensional lumber.
Alaskan Yellow Cedar Fence
Also extremely durable do it is natural properties, a fence constructed of Alaskan Yellow Cedar will provide many years of carefree service. In these photos, Yellow Cedar boards are installed vertically to define this landscape.
In this backyard, combination of 1×3″ and 1×6″Alaskan Yellow Cedar boards are installed vertically to create this outdoor living space.
For over the past week, our region has been hit with an unusual amount of snow and freezing weather, which has made it difficult for travel, by our employees, vendors and customers. We continue to watch carefully and are working limited hours, but checking emails regularly.
Getting our Cedar products in an out have proven to be a challenge. However, we were able to get a nice shipment of custom, Clear Western Red Cedar siding out to a customer in California yesterday.
Wishing all our customers and vendors safe travels and hope you enjoy slowing down just a little to enjoy what Mother Nature has brought us.
One of the oldest types of fencing, split railing fencing made from high quality Western Red Cedar is a popular and economical choice for defining property lines and other outdoor spaces, as well as adding rustic beauty to the landscape. Due to Western Red Cedar’s natural properties that resist rot and decay, as well as insect attack, Western Red Cedar split rail fences will last for many years with no maintenance.
Our Western Red Cedar split rail posts and rails are all individually split, peeled and formed to expose the cedar’s natural color and grain. Our split rail posts are pre-drilled for use as an end, corner or line with either two or three holes to accommodate the rails. Two rail posts will yield a fence with a finished height of approximately three feet, while the three rail post system provides a finished fence height of approximately four feet.
Split rail fencing end posts are drilled halfway through and are used as starting and stopping points in the fence. Line posts are drilled all the way through to support rails on either side, while corner posts are drilled halfway through on adjoining sides to create right angles.
Cedar split rails can be used in conjunction with either the two rail or three rail system and have a tenon on each end to slide into the split rail post.
If needed, in addition to “standard” sized rails, we offer Jumbo rails that are more heavy duty and average 12”+ in circumference. Jumbo cedar split rails are available in 10’ lengths. The standard cedar split rails are generally about 10” in circumference and are available in 8’ or 10′ lengths.
Out of all fencing types, Western Red Cedar split rail fencing is one of the easiest to install, making it a good project for homeowners. Once the posts have been set, the ends of the rails slip easily in place.
How to install Western Red Cedar Split Rail Fencing
Practice due diligence to ensure where you are planning to place your Western Red Cedar split rail fence is on your property and does not interfere with boundaries, under ground utilities or your neighbor’s property
Contact your local building department to discuss your local building codes and permitting requirements for your proposed new fence
Since the rails are pre-cut, layout the fence with those lengths in mind. However, since it is likely to not layout perfectly, consider either shortening the overall length of your fence or shortening the fence rails to create shorter sections at each end by cutting the rails and trimming the ends to fit into the pre-drilled holes on the post.
Stake out your fence line and determine where each post will be placed by using the same measurement as your rails. The center of the post will be placed either 8’ or 10’ apart based on the length of rail you have chosen.
Layout the posts and rails along your line to ensure a correct fit before you begin digging holes. Adjust as necessary. This can save time later on. And a lot of digging.
We suggest using a post hole digger to ensure that you are able to secure each Western Red Cedar split rail post into the ground securely. When digging your holes, plan for a clearance of at least six inches from the ground to the lowest rail. Adding a layer of gravel to the bottom of each hole can help with drainage, especially in wet climates.
Place your end and/or corner posts first, ensuring they are plumb and straight, then back fill. Next connect each post with a string line. This will help your fence stay straight as you dig holes and place your other cedar split rail posts along the line.
Staying along your string line, dig holes for each cedar split rail post, set each post and insert the split rails into each post, while checking each post for plumb and alignment. Then, fill each hole with soil and tamp firmly.
Prized for its work-ability and cool yellow tone, Alaskan Yellow Cedar (also known as Alaskan Cypress or Pacific Coast Cypress), has the same insect, rot and decay repelling tannis and oils as Western Red Cedar, but is heavier and more dense, which gives it more strength. This rare and remarkably beautiful softwood is only grown in the Pacific coast region of North America, but is not a true “Cedar” species.
Located in Sarasota, Florida, our Instagram friends at Ninzan Studio,were contracted recently to construct and install gates to match an existing fence made from Alaska Yellow Cedar. When they were unable to find the products they needed in their local market, they contacted us to help them with their project. We shipped them the materials they needed, and combined with their superior craftsmanship, the new gates turned out beautifully!
If you are on Instagram, be sure to give Ninzan Studio a follow! And, before your next project, be sure to visit us! We supply superior quality Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Douglas Fir building materials to homeowners and contractors nationwide at very competitive rates!
Built using our 5/4×6″ Knotty Western Red Cedar Radius Edge Decking, this fence will provide years of carefree service, while creating privacy for this residence in Encinitas, CA.
Installed horizontally on to 4×4″ Pressure Treated posts using stainless steel fasteners on both sides of the post, this fence is attractive from inside, as well as curb side. Because of the natural properties of Western Red Cedar, always stainless steel or coated fasteners recommended for use with Western Red Cedar.
Q: You might be wondering why a retailer from the Washington state is sending Western Red Cedar lumber to California. Wouldn’t it just be easier for the contractor to purchase the cedar building materials from his local lumber yard?
A: Because Cedar Country Lumber is located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, the ONLY place where Western Red Cedar grows, we are able to supply homeowners and contractors nationwide with superior quality Western Red Cedar at extremely competitive rates. Anytime Western Red Cedar is purchased outside its growing region, freight will always be factored in the final cost of the product. Additionally, because the supply is more plentiful in our area, we are able to source more Western Red Cedar building materials, especially over-sized or extreme length Western Red Cedar lumber.
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Extremely popular for outdoor fencing in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, Western Red Cedar is prized for both its durability and beauty. A properly constructed and maintained Cedar fence will perform admirably for many years because it is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect attack. Sourced from the most sustainably managed forests in the world, Western Red Cedar is environmentally friendly by being entirely renewable and biodegradable.
A Cedar fence can be as elaborate or as simple as desired. We recently supplied custom cut Western Red Cedar boards for this beautiful fence in Anacortes, WA. Each fence board was milled out of old growth, knotty Western Red Cedar into exactly 5/4″ x 6”. The craftsmanship and photos of this property defining fence for this new custom home was completed by Kreider Construction.
Because of the natural decay resistance in Western Red Cedar and its abundance, early vineyards used “grape stakes” to support their growing grape vines. Made from hand spitting pieces off of Western Red Cedar or Redwood blocks 4 to 6 foot in length, the stakes were used as posts between wires and held up exceptionally well to moisture, insects and other elements.
Due to changes in the way grapes are grown and harvested in today’s vineyards, other methods of supporting the grape vines are more commonly used. However, grape stakes are still manufactured in Western Red Cedar and are used as pickets for fences when a natural, rustic look is desired.
Hand split from blocks of Western Red Cedar, each piece is uniquely beautiful and averages between 1-1/2″ to 3-1/2″ wide and 6′ in length. However, since our Cedar Grape Stakes are split per order, we can produce custom lengths and, in some cases, widths.
Nailed or screwed to horizontal rails of either Western Red Cedar or pressure treated materials, the result is a beautiful, extremely sturdy fence that gives an old world feel. Because of the natural preservatives in Western Red Cedar, we recommend using fasteners that are corrosion resistant, such as stainless steel or hot dipped galvanized to secure the grape stakes to the posts and/or supporting fence rails.
Your beautiful new Western Red Cedar Grape Stake Fence can be left to weather to a stunning grey or stained to maintain the natural, varied reddish-brown color Western Red Cedar is prized for. We recommend using a good quality penetrating oil, such as Penofin Red Label, that contains UV protection, as well as mold and mildew inhibitors if you wish to keep the natural Cedar color.
Day after day we receive inquiries for the price of fence boards. Unlike traditional lumber yards and box home improvement stores, when a call like that is received at our store, our staff provides a price for a Western Red Cedar fence board as well as the grade. In many cases, the person who is inquiring about the price does not have a clear understanding of what the grading means and maybe comparing pricing of products from various sources that are not equal.
Imagine calling around to different restaurants and asking for the price of “cheeseburger”. While it is called the same thing at a fast food restaurant as well as a nice family restaurant, the“cheeseburger” at each location will be different quality and the pricing would reflect that. You would not purchase a cheeseburger based solely on price while not taking into consideration the quality, so therefore, you should not select a fence board based solely on price either.
While there is no regulation or standards for “cheeseburgers”, there are established standards for fence boards that have been developed by the National Lumber Grades Authority, as well as the West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau. It is important to note, that “fence grade” is below Knotty or Clear grades of Western Red Cedar and should not be compared to the quality or held at the same standard as lumber in those grades.
The West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau divides Western Red Cedar Fence Boards into three basic categories. Any grade may be rough or surfaced, Air Dried, Kiln Dried or “green”. Grade is determined by the best face.
No. 1 Fencing “Select”
Checks and Pinholes are not limited
Shakes are “Fine”
Skips are “hit and miss”, splits are “short”
Knots are sound and tight
Spike Knots can be approximately 1/2 face width or equivalent
Tolerance of 1/16″ over or under in thickness, width may vary along the piece of 1/8″, but not to exceed 20% of the pieces
Select Quality Western Red Cedar Fencing
No. 2 Fencing “Quality”
Checks and Pinholes are not limited
Shakes are “fine”
Skips are “hit and miss”, splits are “medium”
Wane can be 1/2 thickness as well as 1/3 width
There can be small spots or streaks of unsound wood
White speck not limited
There maybe some knots that are not firmly fixed or are unsound but may not exceed 1/3 the width of the board
Spike Knots can be 3/4 of the face width
Maximum 1″ holes with 4 per foot allowed, unless “No Hole” is specified
Same tolerance of thickness and width as Select Fencing
This is a great example of our No. 2 Select “No Hole” Fencing, which is the standard fence board we supply unless otherwise specified. This particular fence is made from 3/4″ net thick material that the customer made a custom, decorative top cut to.
No. 3 Fencing “Rustic”
Lumber of this grade is suitable for low grade and permits all characteristics which do not interfere with the use of the piece
Thickness can be 3/16″ over or under invoiced thickness
Edge skips can not exceed 1/4″
Variation on width should not exceed 1/2″
We do not allow returns or exchanges on ANY No.3 fencing, as the pricing reflects the quality of the the material of the whole order