Warm up a new addition or highlight existing architecture with the right choice of wood—we recommend Douglas fir, an evergreen conifer native to the western coast of North America.
Know the value of existing materials. When a couple decided to renovate their A. Quincy Jones-designed midcentury home in Los Angeles, they kept the tongue-and-groove Douglas fir ceilings instact (along with exposed concrete block, redwood siding, and abundant windows). Photo by Spencer Lowell.
Photo by: Spencer Lowell
Spiff up a humdrum fireplace by adding a new casing in the form of vertical Douglas fir slats, like this bachelor did in his Hollywood bungalow. Photo by Zen Sekizawa.
Photo by: Zen Sekizawa
When a Cincinnati architect was commissioned to add on a new master bedroom to a 1950s ranch house, he made the new space indoor-outdoor with a wall of folding Nanawall windows. The showstopping element for the room is the peaked Douglar fir ceiling rafters. Photo by Ty Wright.
Photo by: Ty Wright
Courtesy of: Ty Wright
Incorporate reclaimed Douglar fir when possible. Architect Michael Cobb used Douglas fir harvested from this California weekend house's site, such as on a sliding door outfitted with Swiss Rod SS hardware from the Real Carriage Door Company. Photo by Drew Kelly.
Photo by: Drew Kelly
Courtesy of: Drew Kelly
Use a classic modern material like Douglas fir to carry a consistent material thread from an existing structure to a newer addition. “We picked up on the Douglas fir casework and the travertine,” says the architect of this renovated beachfront abode near San Francisco. A two-and-a-half-foot-deep storage area, made from Douglas fir, runs the length of the far wall in each of the three rooms. Photo by Robert Schlatter.
Photo by: Robert Schlatter
For a more contemporary application of Douglas fir, try it in a plywood version. The architect of this Ontario farmhouse chose the plywood version of Douglas fir for its rustic but distinctively non-urban look. Photo by Tom Arban.
Photo by: Tom Arban