Building a Good Neighbor Fence

Everybody knows that a fence makes a good neighbor, but do you know what makes a GREAT neighbor? A well thought out and properly constructed fence that looks good from the inside, as well as outside. This type of fence is a win-win for the whole neighborhood. 

Made from high quality clear C&Btr Western Red Cedar lumber we supplied, this stunning fence looks great from any angle. Individual dimensional Cedar boards are attached to thicker Cedar boards both on the bottom and top to form a “panel”, then the panels are installed between top quality clear Western Red Cedar posts. With some fine craftsmanship, custom lattice work was created just on the backyard area of the fence to add interest and extra height to keep critters in.

A good neighbor fence created from our Clear C&Btr Western Red Cedar dimensional boards
Clear Western Red Cedar crafted privacy fence makes the whole neighborhood happy

With this modern design, our 5/4×6” knotty grade Western Red Cedar decking is installed horizontally on both sides of the 4×4″ posts that have been firmly anchored in the ground. Not only does it add curb appeal and privacy, this type of “good neighbor” fence is less likely to blow down, since the gaps between boards allow the wind to pass through.

Knotty Western Red Cedar decking is installed horizontally on top of 4x4 posts to create a beautiful good neighbor fence

This lovely fence is constructed out of our 5/4×6” Red Balau “Mahogany” decking. While it is a little more costly initially than Western Red Cedar lumber, it won’t break the bank either, and will last for many, many years to come. Due to the durability and strength of the Mahogany, no additional rails or supports are needed between fence posts to attach the hardwood to. This fence will be sag free, with little to no maintenance ever needed.

5/4x6" Mahogany Decking is used for an extremely durable good neighbor fence that will last for many years with little to no maintenance

Take a look at this example of two homeowner’s unique ideas for making a good neighbor fences out of different types of Western Red Cedar lumber on their property. Both look great and express the individual style of the homeowner, while not competing for attention.

Examples of Western Red Cedar fences

We’ve got lots more good neighbor fence inspiration just waiting for you over on Pinterest!

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950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

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Specialty Building Material Pricing & Availability Update

In addition to the housing shortage, with people staying home more, the desire for outdoor living spaces, home offices and general home improvement projects are on a lot of people’s minds. Throughout the U.S. and Canada, the lumber mills and building material manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for home construction products. As usual, when supply becomes low, pricing goes up.  This is especially true on DIY products such as fencing, decking and pressure treated lumber. We are also hearing from consumers outside the Pacific Northwest, that Western Red Cedar products are very scarce, with no clear projections on when they will be available.  We understand that this has created an unusual situation, and it can be frustrating when consumers are not able to secure the products they need, and/or at the prices they may have budgeted for. At this time, we expect prices to remain high through the end of 2020, but expect supply and trucking issues to improve.

Over the years, we have developed deep relationships with lumber mills specializing in Western Red Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar and Douglas Fir building material production, so we have many sources we can pull from to help you get the products you want and need, as timely as possible, at absolutely the best prices we can offer. Rest assured, our team of professionals are doing their very best to support you and provide quotes, fill orders and get them out to the job site to help keep your project on schedule, to the absolute best of our ability. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work though this together.

360.757.6343

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Western Red Cedar AbsoluteTrim

Inherently resistant to moisture, decay and insect damage, AbsoluteTrimTM is manufactured from high-quality knotty Western Red Cedar that is kiln dried, finger-jointed and then double coated with latex primer that is designed specifically for use on Western Red Cedar.  With a 30-year limited warranty against rot and manufacturer defects, this a trim product you can feel good about.

AbsoluteTrim is available in 16’ or 20’ lengths in the following dimensions

Thickness x 2” 3” 4” 6” 8” 10” 12”
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Custom Stained Western Red Cedar Shingles and White Cedar Trim

AsoluteTrim is manufactured from natural Western Red Cedar and must be finished with two coats of paint within 60 days of installation. Prior to installation, ends should be trimmed and all field cuts resealed with primer to make joints less visible and for paint to adhere properly. If a blemish free appearance is desired, fill knots with putty and re-prime prior to painting.  For complete storage, installation and painting recommendations, please download the document AbsoluteTrim_Installation

Western Red Cedar Shingles, Trim and Soffit

AbsoluteTrim is a natural wood product. Warranty does not cover natural occurrences such as extractive bleed, variations in grain, color or knots, pitch pockets or mineral streaks. For more information on AbsoluteTrim’s limited warranty, download the AbsoluteTrim_Warranty

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Trending Now – Natural Wood Ceilings

Looking to add instant warmth and charm to your home’s interior?  Wood ceilings are trending now!  Wood ceilings instantly add warmth and charm that just can’t be duplicated with man-made products.

No matter what architectural style appeals to you, natural wood will instantly warm up modern contemporary or minimalist spaces, add character and interest to commercial buildings, provide texture or cool elegance to one room or the whole house. With so many varieties of wood to choose from, as well as installation options (not to mention finishes!) wood ceilings are here to stay.

In these photos, Knotty Western Red Cedar T&G is used throughout this custom home’s interior, as well as exterior soffits, to create a cohesive space and a smooth transition from inside to out.  Craftsmanship by RGN Construction, photos by Swift Studios.

Knotty Western Red Cedar installed as interior ceiling and exterior soffit

Knotty Western Red Cedar ceiling detail adds warmth to this modern contemporary home

 

In what can be a somewhat “cool” or un-personal space, the knotty Western Red Cedar boards installed on the ceiling of this car dealership, add natural warmth. Photo and craftsmaship by Trico Construction.

Knotty Western Red Cedar installed on the ceiling of this car dealership adds warmth to an otherwise cool space

 

Popular as well, Douglas Fir T&G has different color variations than Cedar and adds a nice rustic touch.  Photo and craftsmanship by Yonkman Construction.

Douglas Fir T&G used as ceiling detail

 

In these photos clear Western Red Cedar T&G with all it’s beautiful color variations add elegance to this recently completed sun room by our customer, Dave. For tips on installing cedar T&G paneling, please visit our blog post on that subject by clicking HERE

Clear Western Red Cedar ceiling detail

With all the natural color variations of Western Red Cedar, when installed on the ceiling brings warmth to any space

 

Due to its lightweight, as well as work-ability, natural wood in either Cedar or Pine is a perfect choice for both ceilings and walls in mobile buildings, such as this tiny home on wheels that was built by Hope Island Cottages.

Due to its lightweight and work ability, Western Red Cedar is an ideal choice for ceilings, as well as walls in tiny mobile buildings

Western Red Cedar is a great choice for high humidity areas, such as bathrooms

With so many beautiful options, we can help you find the one that is just right for you and your unique style.

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Cedar Board and Batten Siding

Historically used to side barns and other outbuildings, Board and Batten is a popular siding choice when a classic “farmhouse” look is desired.  Created by installing narrow boards over wider boards to create a layered effect, Board and Batten siding can be created with endless combinations of board widths.

Western Red Cedar Board and Batten Siding is a popular siding choice

craftsmanship by Keystone Building Services of Anacortes, WA

The cost of Board and Batten (also called board and batt) siding can vary a great deal depending on the materials chosen.  The most frequent size of boards chosen for Western Red Cedar Board and Batten siding are 1×10” or 1×12” boards combined with 1×3” battens. When a rustic look is desired, Knotty, unseasoned boards are often used, which can be a real money saver over using clear Western Red Cedar. Unless there is a desire to finish the siding right away, using “unseasoned” or “green” boards and allowing them to weather in place will also be less expensive than using kiln dried boards.

Western Red Cedar Board and Batten siding combined with metal siding

craftsmanship by Keystone Building Services of Anacortes, WA

If the siding is to be stained or painted right away, using air dried or kiln dried boards in either knotty or clear grades are recommended. If desired, we can arrange to have your Western Red Cedar pre-stained or pre-primed with almost any product available on the market. Your siding will arrive on the job site ready to install.

When installing your Board and Batten siding, boards that are 6” wide or more should be fixed with one nail through the center of the board. For wider boards, it is recommended that two nails are used to attach the boards with the nails spaced 2-1/2” to 3” apart.  Corrosive resistant, ring shank nails are recommended for installing Western Red Cedar. If installing your Board and Batten vertically or diagonally, it is important that furring strips are installed to attach the boards to.

Graphic on how to install Western Red Cedar Board and Batten Siding

installation graphic provided courtesy of the WRCLA

To save time and money, especially on installation, some folks opt to have False Board and Batten siding, which is created by installing sheets of plywood, then attaching battens every 10 – 12”, while also covering the seams between the sheets of plywood. This is a popular way of creating Board and Batt for interiors.

Our team of Cedar experts is here to help you achieve the look of your dreams on the exterior of your home, so before your next project, be sure to visit us!

Local delivery services available and we also ship our products nationwide!

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Knotty Western Red Cedar Board and Batten Siding

Western Red Cedar Channel Siding

Western Red Cedar channel siding is a popular type of lap siding that provides excellent weather protection, especially in areas where the moisture levels change with the season. The profile of each piece of channel siding overlaps the next piece partially, thus creating a deep, recessed channel effect.

Western Red Cedar Channel Siding on mobile building

Channel siding is readily available in knotty grades of Western Red Cedar with a rough sawn, textured face in the following dimensions

  • 1×6” unseasoned or kiln dried
  • 1×8” unseasoned or kiln dried
  • 1×10” unseasoned

*Please note-the dimension described is not the finished or “dressed” size after the channel is milled, but refers to the size of board that the piece of channel is used to create the pattern*

Western Red Cedar Channel siding profiles

This diagram provided courtesy of the WRCLA

Other dimensions of Channel Cladding, as well as clear cedar grades, or other species of wood are available by special order. In these next two photos, we worked with a specialty mill to have a true 1″ thick channel siding pattern created out of knotty Western Red Cedar for a customer in North Carolina.

Custom milled 1" Knotty Western Red Cedar Channel Siding

Custom made knotty Channel Cedar Cladding

Here is a beautiful example of custom milled, clear grade Alaska Yellow Cedar Channel Siding we supplied a customer in the Seattle area recently.

custom milled Alaska Yellow Cedar Channel Siding

clear grade Alaska Yellow Cedar channel siding

Channel siding can be installed horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Be sure to allow a 1/8” expansion gap between the pieces and do not nail through the overlaps. One nail through the face is sufficient for channel siding that is 6” or less.  For profiles over 6”, two nails should be installed through the face, keeping nails 2-1/2” to 3” apart to allow for movement without splitting.

installation guide for channel lap siding

This diagram provided courtesy of the WRCLA

When installing channel siding horizontally, start at the bottom and work up. For vertical or diagonal applications, the siding should be nailed to blocking or furring strips as needed to ensure that the nail penetrates solid wood.  Stainless steel, or other corrosion resistant, ring shank nails are recommended to hold the siding in place.

To learn more about other poplar wood siding profiles, please visit our blog on that subject by clicking HERE and before your next project, be sure to visit us! We ship nationwide!

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Cedar and Fir for a Cabin in the Woods

One of the greatest joys of helping people with specialty building materials, is working with our customers and guiding them to products that help them build their dream home.  Located on scenic Guemes Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington state, this Pacific Northwest style custom home is nearing completion.

Clad with our hand split Western Red Cedar shakes, this “cabin in the woods” shows excellent craftsmanship with thoughtful and creative touches, inside, as well as out.  Used for many years in the Pacific Northwest, our Western Red Cedar shakes will provide many years of carefree service for this home’s exterior.

western red cedar shakes and knotty cedar soffit

Western Red cedar shakes and soffit

western red cedar shakes used as exterior cladding is perfect for any cabin in the woods

The interior is clad with Douglas Fir tongue and groove, which adds to the feeling of being right at home in the trees on this secluded island, which is only accessible by boat or ferry.

clear vertical grain douglas fir for interior paneling and trim

douglas fir interior paneling is perfect for this cabin in the woods

Douglas Fir Interior wood paneling

A special “Thank You” to the Casey family for allowing us to participate in your project and for sharing these fantastic photos!  So beautiful!

customer testimonial from Jim Casey about Cedar Country Lumber

Before your next project, be sure to visit us! We specialize in providing customers all over the United States with Pacific Northwest, coastal grown Western Red Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar and Douglas Fir building materials.

We ship nationwide!

360.757.6343

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Knotty Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove for Ceilings and Soffits

Trending Now – Used to add a bit of warmth and to bring a cohesive look from the interior of a space to the outdoors, installing Knotty Western Red Cedar tongue and groove on the ceilings inside the home, as well as in the home’s exterior soffits and ceilings is trending now.  Combined with white walls, this look is perfect for a crisp, modern design.

Knotty Cedar Ceilings installed inside the home, as well as outside create a cohesive modern look

craftsmanship by RGN Construction of Seattle, photo by Swift Studios

knotty Western Red Cedar T&G installed over outdoor spa

craftsmanship by RGN Construction of Seattle, photo by Swift Studios

Knotty Western Red Cedar T&G is used on the interior, as well as exterior ceilings on this custom home built by RGN Construction of Seattle

craftsmanship by RGN Construction of Seattle, photo by Swift Studios

Tongue and groove, commonly referred to as T&G, is created by boards that have been manufactured to have one protruding rib (tongue) on one edge and a groove on the other edge, so that the tongue from one board fits into the groove in the next board. When properly installed, the T&G joint is very strong and can withstand the expansion and contraction of the wood as temperatures change.

example of what wood Tongue and groove looks like

Our Select/Quality Knotty Western Red Cedar T&G is readily available in 1×4”, 1×6” and 1×8”, as well as 2×6”, and is perfect for interior ceilings, as well as exterior soffits and ceilings.  We are also able to offer custom milled profiles, as well as Western Red Cedar T&G in clear grades.

To save money and time on the job, we can arrange to have your knotty Western Red Cedar T&G custom stained to nearly every color imaginable.  Read more about that process HERE

crisp white walls and knotty Western Red Cedar ceilings define this modern, rustic home

craftsmanship by Impel Construction

Knotty Western Red Cedar ceilings with white walls

craftsmanship by Impel Construction

Before your next project, be sure to visit us! We ship nationwide!

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

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Knotty Western Red Cedar Bevel Siding

Budget friendly and naturally beautiful, bevel siding is the most widely-used Western Red Cedar siding profiles. It is produced by re-sawing lumber at an angle to produce two pieces thicker on one edge than the other.

knotty Western Red Cedar bevel siding is one of the most budget friendly natural wood siding options available

 

Knotty Western Red Cedar bevel siding has a rustic and warm appeal that is the less expensive than clear grades.  When properly finished and maintained, your knotty Cedar bevel siding will perform admirably for many years.

bevel-siding

At Cedar Country, we only supply knotty beveled siding that is has sound and tight knots, such as the siding used on the newly remodeled Railroad Pub and Pizza.  Prior to installation, we had the knotty bevel siding for the Railroad Pub and Pizza factory flood coated with a high-quality penetrating oil.   This not only saves money and time on the job site, it also helps to protect your siding before and during installation. Read more about the benefits of having your siding pre-stained by clicking HERE

At Cedar Country, we only supply knotty bevel siding that is has sound and tight knots such as the siding used on the newly remodeled Railroad Pub and Pizza

Available in 8-20’ even lengths, our natural knotty Western Red Cedar cladding is available in the following dimensions

  • 11/16” x 6”
  • 11/16” x 8”
  • 11/16” x 10”
  • 7/8” x 10”
  • 5/4” x 10”
  • 5/4” x 12”

our natural wood knotty Western Red Cedar cladding is available in 8-20' lengths

Before your next project, be sure to visit us! We ship to homeowners and contractors nationwide!

360.757.6343

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA