Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add on to my home later?

Yes, we do this all the time.Due do the dimensional stability of our wall systems, it is easy to add on to one of our homes – or even to a “regular” stick built home. We have even added on to existing log homes. In some cases, we will design a whole house to be built in phases.This allows the homeowner to build their house as time and budget permit.

Can I build it myself?

Yes you can and we have had several homeowners who have gone this route (including ourselves!). A word of caution however. Over the years, building codes have changed and the amount of hardware included in our home packages has increased considerably. These code changes usually translate into more work for the builder. If you have had little or no building experience, you may want to consider project managing instead. Our services include a free project manager program to help you organize your project and stay within your budget.

Can I make changes to your designs?

Absolutely! We encourage you to make modifications – and we can help you along the way. Our dealer service includes design consultation and we do free preliminary sketches to help you visualize your home.

Can I use my own design?

Yes. Send us a copy of your design and we will price out a materials package for you. No charge of course.

Do you help with financing?

Our company does not finance homes. However, there are many lenders that have financed our homes and are recommended by our homeowners. We can save you time by directing you to those lenders in your area that have financed projects for our customers.

How do your homes meet “green building” standards?

One of the best emerging “green building” materials is wood - a sustainable resource. With proper management, wood can supply our needs for generations while new young forests absorb more carbon dioxide and release more oxygen than old forest reserves.

Many of our products are engineered to utilize smaller pieces of wood applied together to make a stronger, more efficient building member -drastically reducing wood waste.

With regard to health benefits, our solid timbers walls drastically reduce mold and mildew production within the wall itself. In a solid timber wall, there is no cavity to sustain mold.

How is your cedar home different from a log home?

Our kiln-dried, glue laminated wall timbers do not shrink, settle, twist or warp like a traditional log. You do not have to allow 6”-10” of space above doors and windows to anticipate settling.In fact, our system requires only 1” of space above all doors and windows – just like a conventionally framed home.You get all the beauty of a log home without the settling and maintenance hassles!

How long does it take to build?

The answer to this question depends on the complexity of the design, who is building your home and the time of year the home is being built. For example, the shell construction (floor system, exterior / interior walls, roof system, windows and doors) of a 1,000 sf rambler takes about 3-4 weeks for a contractor to erect.Homes built in the winter months typically take longer due to weather conditions and less daylight building hours. Homeowners and builders appreciate that our home packages are very complete – saving them time consuming trips to the hardware store.

How long have you been in business?

Cedar Homes of Washington Inc. has been in business in the same location since 1988.

How much does it cost to build a cedar home?

Our unassembled material packages currently average between $55-65 sf. Your final constructed cost will depend on the complexity of your design, the size and location of your home, the quantity and quality of amenities you choose and whether the home is contractor built, homeowner built or project managed. We can help you to estimate your building costs once we know more about your project.

What about shipping?

The cost of shipping your house package is not included in our package prices. However, once we know more about your project (the design and location), we can estimate how many loads will be required and provide a current shipping cost. You can request that your shipments be scheduled to coincide with your contractor’s building schedule – or all at once.

What is the R-value of your wall system?

Our laminated timber and post & beam wall systems meet Washington State code requirements for an R-21 rated wall. Our homeowners appreciate the value of thermal mass. The timber walls hold heat inside during winter months and living areas stay cool in the summer months.

What kind of options do you offer with your homes?

You name it and chances are we can do it! We can provide any number of options including: sun rooms, skylights, wood or wood clad windows, exterior and interior door upgrades, composite decking, solatubes, finish roofing (i.e. metal, composition, shake), etc.

Will you build my home?

We are not licensed / bonded contractors.However, we have designed and delivered hundreds of homes and have developed a network of excellent, experienced contractors.Additionally, our manufacturer provides comprehensive construction blueprints, a construction manual and unlimited technical assistance via a toll free line.Contractors and homeowners have direct access to our drafting department.

We are not licensed / bonded contractors.However, we have designed and delivered hundreds of homes and have developed a network of excellent, experienced contractors.Additionally, our manufacturer provides comprehensive construction blueprints, a construction manual and unlimited technical assistance via a toll free line.Contractors and homeowners have direct access to our drafting department.

What Our Clients Are Saying...

"The Best Place Possible"

It is our hope that this letter will ease your mind that you have found the best place possible to start the exciting journey of building your cedar home.

While driving in North Bend, WA in the summer of 2004, we passed a charming small log home. The owner of this home noticed our interest and invited us to see her home. She was quite proud of it and was used to the attention it received from passersby. She gave us the name and number for Mike and Judy Flanagan (Cedar Homes of Washington).

After meeting with Mike and Judy at their beautiful home, our expectations that they were indeed honest, decent people to work with- were met. We are now nearing completion of our home, and in reality, Mike and Judy's job with us is done. They could move on with other projects. Yet, they still check in with us and will continue to do so until we are complete.

In the course of building our home, we found two big advantages in choosing Cedar Homes of Washington. First, when filing the permit, Mike was there. Mike stayed with us the whole day, answering questions from the building department, enabling us to get our plans submitted in one day. The process would've taken days (and many trips) to and from to finalize this step of the process (if we did this one our own). The second advantage was, if you were to buy a package directly from Pan Abode, or perhaps another dealer, your home package would be literally dropped at your site for you to handle. Mike and Judy were right there at the drop-off, overseeing the placement of all materials, taking inventory of all materials and making sure any discrepancies were rectified.

-- Bob and Laurie Jensen