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Wood from our network of small mills made a star showing at Green Build last month. The 30,000+ attendees of the Expo at San Francisco's Mscone Center beheld a beautiful, modern off-grid house that was sided in locally harvested Western Red Cedar.
The Paradigm, a LEED Platinum prefab structure built by Seattle's Method Homes, is net zero water and energy and is designed to fit into different spaces, including urban backyards as an ADU and remote, off-grid sites as a vacation home.
It features many gorgeous green features including zero VOC paints and finishes, no added formaldehyde cabinetry and plywood, and a 5,000 gallon rainwater harvesting tank.
But the most striking feature is the FSC 100% Western Red Cedar siding that encases the sculptural walls, sourced from our network of small mills.
This cedar comes from forest restoration projects just outside Portland.
Click here to read more about Method Homes' Paradigm Series and its cutting-edge design.
Photo at left: A close-up of the siding and its interesting angled design. The whitewash finish is by Sherwin Williams.
Portland has a growing community of folks who run their businesses by bicycle. We are very happy to work with Portland's Builder by Bike, Chris Sanderson, who loaded up about 300 lbs of cedar onto his trailer this afternoon.
Evidently, others approve of his methods, too: The drizzle abated and the sun peeked out of the clouds just as he left the warehouse!
Now that it's officially springtime, it's time think about what you're going to do for your back yard and garden this year. If you're shopping for lumber for decking, fences, arbors, or raised garden beds, be sure to ask about our Western Red Cedar!
Sustainable Northwest Wood's Western Red Cedar is FSC Pure and is sourced from restorative forestry projects within 100 miles of Portland's city limits. It is cut as part of forest restoration projects that are designed to restore the health of the forest by opening the canopy and promoting diversity in tree species and age range.
Much of our cedar comes from the Nature Conservancy's Ellsworth Creek Preserve, from the Forest Grove watershed restoration program, and from the Homestead Girl Scout camp in Zigzag. We partner with small, family-owned mills to source the logs and cut and dry the lumber.
Cedar is an excellent choice for outdoor projects and offers many years of beauty and durability. Much like juniper, cedar is naturally high in aromatic oils that repel insects and slow decay, but offers a more refined look with a silky, strawberry-blonde grain. It is ideal for chemical-free raised garden beds and other uses where homeowners wish to avoid pressure-treated lumber.
Photos, from top left: A home in Southeast Portland boasts a cedar fence and living wall; the deck at the home in Beaver Creek is made of our cedar; a cedar nurse log hosts a young tree at an FSC forest 40 miles from Portland.