Westham Island Timber Frame Home 

This timber frame home was built on an organic, family farm in Ladner, BC. Our environmentally minded clients love natural wood and wanted it to be the central feature of their home, so we introduced them to local architect Scott Kemp. Scott seemed like a natural fit for the project as he had designed a stunning, modern timber frame house for his own family – the first LEED® Platinum home in BC.

Under Scott’s direction, the project evolved into a timber frame construction with a twist, using cedar for the timbers and raw cedar siding. Typically, timber frame homes are built from stronger woods, but our clients wanted a wood that represented the West Coast and Scott convinced us that cedar was the solution. When we first presented the design to the engineer, he didn’t think it would be possible to construct it in cedar, but with some expert help and thoughtful construction, the vision became a reality.

For a project this unique we engaged Dana, an experienced timber framer from Vancouver Island, who worked alongside our skilled team of journeymen carpenters. We had to make the cedar timbers bigger than normal to achieve what fir, spruce, or even pine, can achieve. Special connectors were imported from Austria, and we sourced much of the cedar from windfall areas to minimize the environmental impact.

Initially, our clients wanted to build a Passive House, which is extremely energy efficient, but after discussion, we implemented a range of ideas from programs such as Built Green®, R-2000, and LEED instead that included superior insulation and Innotech energy-efficient windows and doors.

We’re proud to report that when the air-tightness of the home was tested, we achieved a rating of 0.7 air changes per hour (ach), which is only 0.1 above a Passive House target! (Typically, the average home built to minimum code will test around 5.5 ach.)

Inside the home, reclaimed fir from an old MacMillan Bloedel office in South Vancouver was used for the flooring and stair timbers. The cedar posts and beams were sanded just enough to remove their roughness, but still maintain some grain, and given a clear finish.

Lyn, the interior decorator, worked to create a contemporary feel within the traditional timber frame home. From the outside, the home echoes the character and shape of nearby barns and farm buildings, while inside, the home is all modern comfort.

Custom Home

  • Ladner, BC


  • 2,070 sq. ft.


  • Scott Kemp


  • Lyn Dole

    Interior Designer

  • BUILT GREEN® Platinum

    Building Program

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