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

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

 

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

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

 

 

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

 

Half Moon Bay Project using our custom milled Clear, VG Cedar

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.

Custom milled clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar specialty building materials we supplied for a project in Half Moon Bay, Ca include exterior cladding and fencing

Custom homes built in Half Moon Bay using our specialty milled Western Red Cedar products

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.

Custom milled Cedar siding on a unique build in the Bay area of California

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.

clear vertical grain western red cedar siding and fencing

clear, vertical grain "nickle gap" Western Red Cedar t&g siding

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!

clear vertical grain Western Red Cedar fence and T&G siding

1x6" clear vertical grain Western Red Cedar boards used for a custom horizontal fence

custom milled clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar for custom building in California

“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

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

360.757.6343

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

 

Half Moon Bay Custom Home

Hot in the building market right now, Clear Western Red Cedar T&G for both interiors and exteriors!  Check out this stunning unique, contemporary home being built in the bay area of California.  We worked closely with the builder to ensure the specs of the siding were an exact match to the architect’s design. 

clear vertical grain western red cedar siding

After we milled the 1×6 clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar Fine Line Tongue and Groove to the specified pattern, we had a factory flood coat of Penofin Red Label “Cedar” penetrating oil applied to the T&G siding.  Coated on all four sides and dried in a temperature controlled environment, the quality of finish that is achieved by this process just can’t be duplicated on the job site.  No waiting for perfect weather!

custom milled clear vertical grain T&g for exterior siding

We specialize in working with customers with unique building materials needs all over the US.  Because we are located in the “heart of cedar country” the only place in the world where Western Red Cedar and Alaska Yellow Cedar are grown natively, we are able to offer top quality materials and great prices.

custom cut western red cedar siding being installed on a home in california

Before your next project, be sure to visit us!

http://www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

350.757.6343

Wood Timbers and Beams – Cracks and Checking

Nothing beats the look and feel of real wood products.  They bring warmth, beauty and charm that just can’t be duplicated with synthetic building materials.  As natural wood lovers, when larger timbers and beams crack and “check” (as they always do), we believe it only adds to the special character and appeal that only natural wood can provide.

When a tree is harvested, about half of its weight is water.  Soon after, it then begins dry and shrink about twice as fast along the growth rings than across them.

Western Red Cedar Timbers and Beams

After it is milled, smaller lumber pieces will dry faster than wood manufactured into larger timbers, beams or heavier boards.  As the outer layers of the bigger pieces dry and shrink, the center of the timbers will stay moist longer.  All these changes cause the lumber to move, check and crack.  The larger the timber or beam, the larger the cracks, as well.

This is NOT a bad thing!

Checking normally begin on the exterior surface of a timber and are not a structural concern.  In fact, because it releases the tension that has built up, it actually makes the wood stronger.

Western Red Cedar Timber Checks

All wood species will check differently.  Denser exotic woods check more readily than softer woods, such as Douglas Fir and Cedar, however, checks in harder woods are generally smaller.

Ways to help minimize checking:

  • Generally speaking, higher grades of materials will have more stability. Especially when choosing “free of heart center” instead of “boxed heart” grade (as applicable)
  • When building with Douglas Fir, and some other hardwood species, some larger timbers and beams can be kiln dried
  • Use proper acclimation techniques. Store your wood off the ground, out of direct sunlight and allow the ends to breathe prior to installation
  • Seal cut ends of hardwood timbers immediately after cutting

Please note all wood timbers and beams will continue to move; take on moisture and shrink, especially those installed in exterior applications.  Checking on large timbers and beams, in many cases, does not occur until well after it is installed.  On a loose rule of thumb, softwood timbers (such as Cedar and Doug Fir) dry about 1” per year.  This means it can take 6 years for a 12×12” beam to reach equilibrium to its surroundings, and there will be movement and change throughout the whole process.

Custom milled Cedar and Doug Fir Timbers and Beams for sale

Our team of Wood Building Material Specialists are happy to discuss options on timbers and beams with you that are grown in the Pacific Northwest including Western Red Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar and Douglas Fir.

We ship nationwide!

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

www.CedarCountryLumber.com