Trees can develop interesting features, given their growing conditions and environment. Usually, a tree will grow having the different bands creating “rings” throughout the growth of the tree. The two bands look different because the small cells created by the tree in the Summer absorb more light and there for look darker.
With good design and proper maintenance, the well built log home will serve for centuries. Studies have shown natural wood to be superior to synthetic products in virtually every way. Among those natural woods, Western Red Cedar ranks the highest. It is renewable, biodegradable and sourced from the most sustainable forests in the world. While other building materials produce greenhouse gases, Western Red Cedar actually removes them.
There are many complexities depending on the design, structure type, all that have to be taken into consideration when building a handcrafted log home. A log home that is highly energy efficient, and will be in the family for centuries.
A gorgeous post and beam made from western red cedar, carefully handcrafted with inner knee braces and supports and is currently being built at the Cascade Handcrafted log yard. Once the log and timber frame home is completed, it will be shipped to it’s new home in Kansas, USA.
I have been in the building industry my entire life. Since 1990 I started working in the mountains of Colorado building palatial custom homes, renovations and large commercial buildings.
I was introduced to building handcrafted log homes in 2000 where I learned the trade and the extremely detailed craftsmanship. I have a passion for the beautiful log features, grains and aroma produced by the logs.
Our preferred and most popular timber with clients is the stunning Western Redcedar. The latin name Thuja plicata, is commonly called Western or Pacific redcedar, giant or western arborvitae, giant cedar, or shinglewood, is a species of Thuja, an evergreen coniferous tree in the cypress family Cupressaceae native to western North America.
Timberframing has been around for centuries providing strength and longevity to it’s structure. Timber Frame Homes offer a unique style, strength and sustainable designs, and just like a Cascade Handcrafted – western red cedar log home, they offer energy efficiency and awe inspiring character. These beautifully handcrafted homes truly are the building results of a master craftsman.
A handcrafted log home is the only “true” log home. In a handcrafted building, the log is still a natural log, the only alteration being that it has undergone removal of the outer bark and part or all of the “cambium” or inner bark layer. Because of this, each log still possess all of the uniqueness and character that nature intended it to have.
Winter and early Spring can bring many cold days to the Cascade Handcrafted Log Yard. So how do the guys keep warm? They make themselves a fire log by plunging into the log against the grain.
From the heights of the Rocky Mountain National Park to deep canyons carved by the Colorado River, it’s impossible to name all the stunning places in Colorado.
Cascade Handcrafted Log Homes has built hundreds of homes across this beautiful State. Near the emerald-green national forests, with fields of vibrant summer wildflowers and the shores of crystalline lakes. To the autumn-colored hillsides blanketed with aspens and rivers lined with cottonwoods with shimmering hues of gold and red and then of course there’s winter.