Building your dream home from the ground up is a rewarding project. You have complete control over the design of the home. You are able to decide whether you want to have exposed and opened ceilings going all the way to the roof, the size of each of the rooms, and other such aspects. Further, you can choose from a variety of building materials to use for your project, such as cedar timbers and beams.
Cedar is a popular choice used by builders for framing the entire house, due to its remarkable dimensional stability. This type of wood is available in long lengths of timber with a true, straight grain and a uniform texture. As a result, it is easy to cut and saw sections to the desired lengths and shapes, as well as to nail. Further, cedar beams and boards are highly resistant to splitting when fasteners are attached. The heartwood includes natural resistance to decay, and it is free from the sticky pitch sometimes found in other woods. Because cedar has a low density, it has an insulation value greater than most other kinds of wood used to build a home.
Cedar wood used in interior areas, where it is left exposed, is often sealed using an appropriate stain and protectant. Staining the wood helps preserve its appearance, while adding to the charm and beauty of the finished room. In situations where the wood is being fully covered by drywall, roofing, or siding, it does not have to be finished. The heartwood may also be used for exterior applications, such as decking and shingles, without using any preservative treatments, since the heartwood has extractives which are toxic to decay-causing fungi.