When you are building a log home, one major decision is what type of logs to use. If you want your log home to have a uniqueness with a natural, cozy log look, then Western Red-cedar is the type of log you’d choose.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Martin has been involved in Carpentry at every level since 1984 and holds an array of certifications and has an abundance of experience with Operations Management, Job Site Supervision, Production Manager, to name a few.
While he was a Self Employed Carpenter, he built many beautiful homes with post and beam construction and using Jarrah and Karri timbers.
Not only does it have a stunning beauty, the many benefits of Western Red Cedar include that it’s a highly revered, durable wood is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect attacks. Almost anything you build with it will last longer and require less maintenance.
We had a great family of Western Australian visitors come on a tour of The Cascade Handcrafted log yard today. Ruth, Martin and their daughter Rochelle came for a visit to see how our western red cedar log homes are handcrafted. Markus is shown explaining the process involved in building the log homes and Steven is explaining to Ruth the difference between the log finishes.
This is the project we are currently working on in Washington State. It’s unique in that the traditional cross corners have been replaced by large cedar flared posts. The house is designed to be non-settling to minimize any shrinkage.
We’re currently working on a unique home for our customer in Washington state designed by RCM CAD Design.
The shape is unlike any traditional home in that the hexagon shape featuring a spacious open floor plan plays a little trick on the eyes as though the log walls just flow into one another.