If you’ve happened upon this article, chances are that you are doing some research for a current or upcoming project. This is good news for both of us!

I’m thrilled to spread the experience of timber living and to help you in any capacity no matter how small. And you, my friend, will be over the moon with the incredible flexibility you and your clients will experience and establishing the look, feel, and logistics of your creation. The following points will give you an idea about what to expect and how far we can flex our services to accommodate your needs.

1. I Don’t Want To Steal Your Thunder
Ultimately, you understand your clients the best. You are responsible for giving them the biggest bang for their buck. In that light, it would make no sense to put me on a pedestal and superimpose my ideas or vision over work that has already been accomplished. It’s best if I enter the situation slowly and give suggestions when asked or in an appropriate setting. As you become more comfortable with my grasp on the situation, I have no qualms about consulting directly with your clients if it strengthens your relationship with them and makes your job easier. Perhaps you just have a few pressing questions and need immediate answers? Or you would like some quick guidelines or industry standards? Please don’t hesitate to give me a call and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

2. The Cross-Pollination Effect
I can’t say that I’ve ever experienced any negative results in working with multiple parties to come up with design and structural solutions. In fact, it is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job! I have no desire to be Superman; To be the one with all the good ideas. It’s much better to be a part of the solution – and perhaps more importantly, to feel free enough to make suggestions without any fear of looking stupid. Cross-pollination of ideas and experience has got to be the easiest and most enjoyable way to find solutions and make progress.

3. Lots Of Proven Tips To Utilize Exposed Timber
From questions about SIP’s, efficient truss connections, and even how to transition from a timber theme room to a more formal room, I’ll gladly share my experience with you. Having been a timber enthusiast for so long, I’ve come across many unique situations which have created an intuitive sense of guidelines for the most practical options.

4. The Rise To The Challenge Syndrome
If you want to sell me on anything, tell me how much of a challenge something will be. You’ll see my eyes light up! For you, this means that you may get solutions when I am sleeping, pondering late at night or performing a mundane task. If any aspect about your project feels incomplete, my mind has a tough time letting go. I’ve lost track of the times I’ve called people back to give them some more ideas that popped up. Even an idea that is eventually discarded could be a springboard for your improved idea. It all comes back to the idea of teamwork! I look forward to working with you and assisting in future projects.

Please get in touch with me at bert@arrowtimber.com or give me a call directly at (360) 901-5117.


– Bert Sarkkinen


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