Douglas Fir… aka Pseudotsuga menziesii

Our little Victorian was built in 1895 by (we think) a sawyer for one of the Canneries down on the Columbia River. He was a builder and a craftsman and knew his way around lumber.


Back then, as it is today, Douglas Fir was the building material of choice. When our home was built, it’s a good chance that they used old-growth stands of the tree.

The tree is large, straight and strong and was designated Oregon’s State tree back in 1836.

Our home in Astoria, Oregon is made entirely from this tree… beams, sheathing, siding, floors, stairs etc. are all Douglas fir.

Large Douglas Fir beams in the Basement!

Before and after sanding. Douglas fir flooring.

Stair treads and railings… all Douglas Fir.


Sheathing of all the walls – interior and exterior!

Our sturdy and secure little house – all thanks to the mighty Douglas Fir.



Sunsets along the Columbia River

Our house project is moving along slowly. Right now, it is drywall and plaster for the downstairs. Not much to report and no pretty pictures!

We are working hard on the house, but we are also making sure we have time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

We did a long walk along the Columbia River path/bikeway last week while the sun was setting in the west.

Please enjoy these photos! A Columbia River sunset in three stages.

Astoria Columbia Sunset 1

Astoria Columbia sunset 2

Astoria Columbia Sunset 3

Small things make a difference – door knobs

Door knobs!

Just like the paint on the outside of the house – the selection of door knobs was a long family “discussion.”

All the original door and door knobs were gone – replaced by modern equivalents.

We started our search for new door knobs at the local Vintage Hardware store – Astoria Vintage Hardware on Marine Drive. Fabulous place. Fun to visit! We have found many Victorian gems there, but we needed about 8 matching door knob sets.


(photo from Facebook)

We continued our search online. So MANY options and so MANY opinions…

door knobs

(photo from Yahoo/Google search)

We ended up ordering knobs from a great place – Copper Mountian Hardware in Michigan.  Quality products at a great price.


We all agreed on Crystal knobs with an Antique Brass finish. They look amazing on our new solid wood (native fir) doors.