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.
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