I stopped into the lumber yard to check out the Western Red Cedar beams. I was really pleased with the texture (rough) and color (reddish and brown hues) and was also pleased to see that most of the pieces looked almost clear (no knots). In the perfect world I had hoped to get a clear grade of cedar. Due to limited supply from the fact that Western Red Cedars come from the west coast of North America, and the fact that clear grade cedar only comes from the heartwood of old growth trees, it proved to be prohibitively expensive.
These are 4x12 rough sawn and will be exposed to the lower floor with 2x6 tongue and groove cedar planking running crosswise to make the floor/ceiling, all to be exposed. Should be really beautiful!