Pan-Abode has taken advantage of all the unique qualities of Cedar to create homes that are warm, secure, tranquil and enduring.

The Story of Western Red Cedar

There is no substitute for the durability, warmth, and natural beauty of Cedar.

Pan-Abode homes are crafted exclusively from Western Red Cedar, a remarkable species native only to the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. This highly revered, durable wood not only has a distinctively pleasant aroma, it is also naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insect attacks – which means anything built with Cedar will last longer and require less maintenance.

Western Red Cedar contains an abundance of natural preservatives that are toxic to many wood-rotting fungi, making it impervious to weather and pestilence. These innate characteristics make Cedar ideal for any climate, as mildew and insect infestation are easily prevented without introducing man-made preservatives.

Western Red Cedar is also one of the best thermal insulators among softwood species used today. This is because Cedar is an exceptionally light wood with very low density, containing a high proportion of air filled cell cavities that act as extremely effective insulating units. As all Pan-Abode homes are made from 100% Western Red Cedar, they are cool in the summer while significantly reducing heating costs in the winter.

Like all woods, Western Red Cedar absorbs and discharges moisture to maintain equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere. However, Western Red Cedar’s saturation point is much lower than most other North American softwoods. This ensures the wood does not shrink, swell, warp, twist or check excessively, even when subjected to changing temperatures or moisture.

Western Red Cedar’s coloring is uniquely attractive – ranging from tans, pinkish-browns and straw tones to rich, warm coppery hues in unfinished form. Cedar’s soft texture and close, even, straight grain make it easy to work with, providing a finish that is silky smooth to perfection. Cedar is also naturally free from pitch and resins, so it takes and holds beautifully to staining.

People who live in Pan-Abode homes consistently comment on how relaxed and peaceful they feel. It is never just their home or cottage, but a Pan-Abode – a home that is part of the family heritage, to be passed on from generation to generation.