Hi all, We are building a modern mediterranean home in Central Oregon. The exterior is stucco and stone and there are wood faux timber headers over the top of each window. See sample inspiration pic below. I am trying to decide on what type of wood would work best as a timber header; western red cedar, doug fir, or other. Something that won’t rot easily and won’t need yearly attention. I like the way cedar ages and turns gray over time but in central oregon we get snow and low temps so I am not sure cedar won’t get moisture stains. I have doug fir timbers in an outdoor patio/kitchen at our current home in the NW and the beams that see direct weather need pressure washing and stain every other year to keep them from turning black (and I’m losing the battle). Does anyone have any experience or advice about the type of wood that works best in this application?
I would also be interested in any flashing advice. I have solid plans and details for waterproofing and flashing for the top of the timber but I am concerned about the lower left and right corners of the timber. The timbers extend 4″ horizontally beyond the window frame so the lower left and right corners will be contact with the stucco. How do you keep water from getting trapped in the corners?
Sorry for the long post and I appreciate any help. Thank you