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In This Issue
Decking and outdoor spring projects
Featured builder: Lost River Construction
Photo contest: Win an iPod Shuffle!
Visit our specials page for Spring Specials

Outdoor Projects


left arrowThis outdoor trellis by home owner and builder Franklin Bradshaw features Western Red Cedar beams and railing. Trellises and pergolas can add relief from the sun in outdoor areas without blocking your views.
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Lowe Construction in the San Juan Is., Washington, selected Ipe decking to withstand the maritime climate of the area. Ipe is rated to last more than 30 years on outdoor applications as is quickly becoming the choice material for premium decks. Its natural ability to resist moisture and rot, insect repellency and structural stability make it one of the most durable natural wood materials in the market.
ipe ironwood deck image

up arrowHamptons Tennis Co.
built several pergolas
in Long Island, New York.
They chose clear vertical
grain Western Red Cedar for
its rot resistance, appearance
and aromatic qualities. Red
Cedar, along with Redwood
and Alaskan Yellow Cedar,
are specially suited for outdoor
structures due to their
natural durabilities.

down arrowAlaskan Yellow Cedar
decking, popular in the
islands for its natural insect
resistance and Western Red
Cedar railing create a warm
outdoor porch on this Hawaii
home. The timberframe is
Red Cedar also.

ipe ironwood deck with rain imageIMAGE OF red cedar deck and railing

left arrowIpe decks can withstand rain, dew and moist climates like no other wood or synthetic product, requiring less mainteinance than other woods. Ever wondered why they call it ironwood?

Spring iPod Contest: two winners!!!

Bear Creek Lumber would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who entered our contest. Picking a winner was extremely difficult as there were many quality projects to chose from. We are very pleased to announce our chosen entries for both indoor and outdoor categories. Both of these entries stood out as examplamentry projects using our products. Unfortunately, we were unable to publish all the entries, but have chosen some of the photos entered for our Featured Projects section on our website: Below are the winning entries. We are sharing the letters that came with the pictures and hope that you enjoy reading about the projects just as much as we did. Stay tuned for future contests, we will be running them regularly.

Outdoor Project Winner

Spencer Meider 412-741-7612
red cedar deck and pergola, back viewcedar stairs lead to the pergola

"This extremely labor intensive 2 deck system was started in September 2005 and completed mid February 2006. It was a real challenge due to the topography (lower deck built over a ravine), staging area being too small,materials handling (had to use a 38 ton crane with a 125' reach to set the frame work for the lower deck) and the worst weather on record in 111 years (had to build a 24' extension (temporary) to the garage and heat it to fabricate the members and stain them). All said and done it ended up being a masterpiece. Thanks for the great materials!! Sincerely,
Spencer L. Meider

Four views of this amazing deck with Western Red Cedar utilized thought the whole structure. The natural qualities of Red cedar make it the ideal material for pergolas, trellises and decks. We currently have large quantities of Cedar in stock, so give us a call at 1.800.597.7191 for pricing.

down view to the red cedar biuilding from the upper deckthe uppder deck is western red cedar, and the cedar beams are at eye level to be enjoyed

Indoor Project Winner

Schwarz & Leszczynski Home, NY

"Peter is the builder & craftsman for this entire home. We have designed & built it together over the past 9 years. All the exterior and interior are Peter’s beautiful craftsmanship. The wood used from Bearcreek lumber was Douglas Fir Clear D or better as I recall. The kitchen ceiling was our combined design and we used your beautiful wood for that and all the cabinets and kitchen furniture you see. All the doorways and window designs were with the Douglas Fir. Peter designed all the window frames using his very talented skills. He was raised in Germany and always has had a great appreciation for architecture. The main central staircase was all done by Peter, we had a special order for the Douglas Fir 3” thick stairs that we used. He designed and made the banisters and railings by hand in his home workshop and used the Douglas Fir. That was a long job and labor intensive. He used Alaskan Yellow Cedar in the ceiling skylight you see and framed it in with Douglas Fir. The outside is Atlantic White Cedar that we stained with a Western Red Cabot Cedar stain and the shingles were Alaskan Yellow Cedar. All the exterior trim & balconies were handmade by Peter. We are still finishing up some of the rooms, the solar room and den. I am sure we will be contacting you to complete those projects and Peter is now working on another home across from ours that will be using Douglas Fir. Our home is in upstate NY and sits on top of a hill with a panoramic view of the Green Mountains of Vermont. Behind us sits the Adirondack Mountains. We are about 15 miles south of Lake George and 5 miles from the Vermont Border. The house sits on 5 acres of property with a huge wildlife pond next to the house that we made. We use the rain water in the gutter system to drain into the pond. It was our desire to attract wildlife and indeed we have. We both have done all the landscaping together over the years.
We are very proud of this home we have built together and were so grateful to have been able to use your beautiful lumber. The interior of the house just glows. Thank you.

Diane Schwarz and Peter Leszczynski
detail of the stairs the house fron view, with white cedar siding, and trim and fascia from bear creek lumber
alaskan yellow cedar ceiling panneling imagethe stairs landing , all clear fir and an impossing feature in the living room
douglas fir ceiling paneling in the kitchenthe bath tub has exquisite fir trim

pine ceiling paneling, jatoba flooring and fir logs make for a rustic, yet elegan look in this image of a phil dietz project.Fetaured Projects: Lost River Construction

Phil Dietz, general contractor and owner of Lost River Construction, recently invited us to tour a couple of his recent projects where he used Bear Creek Lumber products. Phil's craftmanship and ability to understand his client's vision has placed him among the top custom home builders in the Methow Valley - an emerging second home destination recently featured in Sunset magazine and the New York Times travel section.

Please visit the Lost River Construction Featured Projects page.

Editor: Omaste Witkowski