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Like you’ve experienced, everything becomes easier after solid customer relations and team work have been established. Your projects seem to take an effortless, and even fun path of their own! More often than not, Lemons (glitches) are turned into lemonade, when a cohesive team works together. Ultimately you, your clients, and I want a fair exchange in which they get the customized dream home which surpasses their expectations, and you and I both generate enough profit to earn a living and reinvest in our respective businesses.


As a craftsman who has worked as a subcontractor for 15+ years serving builders like yourself, I know and understand the challenges that you face. Regarding your communication with your clients… I believe I can lighten your load in 2 ways:

A) I have a mini-guide questionnaire, which can be used to establish acommunication baseline for you, your clients and myself. Communication regarding the particular atmosphere feel or the timber style they would like to achieve. (It’s also available on the member’s page)

B) In a less tangible way, I believe the core values we at Arrow Timber have, are very quickly and easily noticed by your clients. I believe this is consistent with the honesty, flexibility, and creativity and your company, which draws your clients to you.

When your customer can see that we re-enforce your values, their trust for you is also re-enforced, which means that you have to talk less about why your product is worth more than your competitor’s. You are less of a price commodity. More trust is established and everything works better with mutual trust.

I also have no objections to reducing your load even further, if you are comfortable with me communicating directly with your client.

Decisions, Red Tape, & the Money Triangle

You’ll be happy to know that the other 3 common headaches for Builders, can be alleviated. They don’t have to be so problematic.

1. Getting the information and decisions you need in a timely manner

2. Dealing with bureaucratic red tape

3. Balancing the monetary triangle: The needs of your client, the needs of your company, and the needs of your employees

Decisions…You’ll find that our mentality for making decisions fun is infectious! The actual system we use here at Arrow will remove a lot of the decision making fear and inject some fun back into the process for your clients. Your clients can have access to a reverse order decision check list (designed by a woman for women!) They can also use our decision process for virtually anything that becomes a little bit sticky. I also suggest you do your clients a favor and give them a deadline accompanied with a grace period. Late decisions will cost them. By doing this, you will help them avoid unneeded charges, from expedited shipping to lost sub construction time.

Bureaucratic red tape…We both know that it serves a purpose, but how aggravating it can be! I really wish more latitude would be given so the whole system would have some capability to reason and use common sense! But I also wish I could fly… I can only do a few things for you. I can tweak my payment schedule and negotiate with your bank. I can also help them find comparable real estate so your client gets a fair loan. I’ll also deal with any questions or concerns your local building department may have.

Your responsibility meeting the needs of your business clients and employees is a sizable task and I in no way am implying that hiring Arrow will magically balance the triangle. I only hope that:

  • We can put a smile on your clients face by delivering exactly what they wanted… And then some!
  • We can work hard, be on the lookout for effective solutions, and make your employees’ job easier
  • We can lower your costs and increase your profits so you can win even more customers

So, here is to solid customer relationships and mutual benefits! May you find abundance in the near future!

Welcome Aboard,

Bert Sarkkinen

P.S. As an Arrow member You can send your clients here to use the decision tools which will relieve agonizing decisions and hopefully inject some sun into the process. Because the home building process is a dark, spooky jungle of decisions without a guide and right mentality towards decisions.


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Arrow Timber Framing

Does your project need creativity? Is your project complex? Could your project use cost savings analysis? Are you wondering how to pull it all together? You have found an honest timber framing company that will knock your socks off, and one that has honed and perfected their unique abilities (superpowers) to address any of the aforementioned concerns you may have.

We promise you Ultra-Personalized Timber Design and Build for residential and commercial use, Satisfaction Guaranteed. You can receive a complete, personalized timber package including any combination of the following:

  • Remodels, New Construction, And Add-Ons
  • Entryway
  • Covered Outdoor Living Area
  • Decorative Trusses
  • Kitchen Beams
  • Accents
  • Full Timber Frame
Four Steps to Success

The ATF brainstorm session is usually held at our office, but can also be held online, on the phone by web conference, or via email. Together we will:

  1. Determine what your unique situation is, your expectations, the size of your ideal investment, and your preferred timber style
  2. Review any existing blueprints, sketches, and pictures to establish a scope of work
  3. Get a solid idea of what the best solution may be and how to best proceed with your project
You will find the ATF Design team to be borderline zealots. This is because the design is the phase which can control whether an investment is a good one or a bad one. In other words, we drill very deep and leave no stone unturned to make sure you are getting what you want. If you could see the countless design ideas we have pursued behind the scenes, you would probably think we were nuts! But this extreme devotion to creating artistic, balanced designs translates to solid investments with low risk for you. Your ATF designer will do any and/or all of the following:

  • Additional brainstorming and troubleshooting with your other team players. (Typically your architect, builder, and interior designer)
  • Create a 3D model of your project- The design options usually get boiled down to two or three options.
  • Show you the options at meeting #3, make notes about your preferences, and make any necessary modifications. This “Dance” continues until a clear winning design emerges.
  • Communicate necessary information and work with your other team players to move your project forward.
You can rest assured that the zealous pursuit for an excellent product is alive and well during this phase also. Shortcuts are simply too painful! Your ATF artisans will:

  • Create all engineering documents required by the engineer
  • Create construction and install documents
  • Hand craft your timber frame at our shop
  • Pre-stain your timber beams if desired
  • Work with your builder and install the timber package at the right time
After your Timber Project is installed, we will inform you about maintenance needs. Indoor beams will require virtually no maintenance, but exposed exterior beams will. We will recommend a maintenance plan to keep your beams looking beautiful. 

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