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Is an Outdoor Living Pavilion Right for Your Lifestyle?

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 in Architects

Hello there! Before you dig into this fun little lifestyle quiz about outdoor living, you’ll want to know:I am a timber enthusiast. I have helped many people brainstorm, plan, and build outdoor living structures. These structures have really made people smile for a lot of various reasons. I am also quick to be up-front and […]

Timber Raising Video

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 in Architects

Erecting a 30×100 outdoor pavilion at Bethany Vineyard

4 Steps to Your Post and Beam Makeover

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects, Builders, Clients
4 Steps to Your Post and Beam Makeover

Creating post and beam makeovers is our cup of tea! It elevates our heart rates. We love working with architects and clients and seeing the unique solutions created by the cross-pollination of ideas. In some cases, an architect will approach us with new construction documents or remodel plans and ask us to conjure up an […]

How to Promote Physical Well-Being

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Clients
How to Promote Physical Well-Being

How to Avoid Couch Potato Syndrome. Using 1 Simple Rule. And Other Mental Tricks To Promote Physical Well-Being   This article may not seem consistent with content I have provided you with previously… But if you look deeper you can see how it aligns with the core values we at ATF have always promoted: Motivation […]

A Tale of 2 Remodels: Where to Draw the Line

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Builders
A Tale of 2 Remodels: Where to Draw the Line

Let’s begin with the tale of the timber remodel which wasn’t. The purpose of relating this story is to give you an example of a situation which was ill-suited for a timber remodel. This remodel request occurred in 2006, about the time when exposed beams were becoming more popular. The project was quite small. The […]

Masonry Heaters: Built Green Tough

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects, Builders
Masonry Heaters: Built Green Tough

With Stan Homola and Mastercraft MasonryAs you know, I have been on the record as an advocate for sustainable green building. To me, sustainable means money savings, energy savings, and headache-free longevity. In other words, it has to make sense!Let me introduce you to someone who can give you a sustainable green system to heat […]

I Want It Big! The Veach Home Project

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Clients
I Want It Big! The Veach Home Project

“I want it big. I want it rustic – Really big!” Ron Veach, the owner of Tuscany Homes was talking my language: big, strong, sturdy, and stout. I knew the project was going to be fun. We had preliminary plans and a short, clear description of the style Ron and his wife Nicole wanted. Also, […]

Holistic Home Design: Matching Interior and Exterior Styles

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects
Holistic Home Design: Matching Interior and Exterior Styles

People have often looked at me quizzically when I have requested photos or pictures of home interiors…especially if our scope of work is an exterior entry! But the “feel” of an interior needs to be consistent with the look of the exterior. This does not mean that timbers outside mandate the use of timbers inside, […]

How to Artistically Mix Logs and Timbers

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects, Builders
How to Artistically Mix Logs and Timbers

You are about to learn three ways to mix logs with timber framing construction. This will open up a plethora of timber style possibilities which may be the exact touch you’re looking for. I’d like to introduce you to a hybrid log and timber style which has many advantages over a traditional stacked log cabin.While […]

UGH! Who Likes Maintenance? Tips and Ideas to Make Maintenance Fun

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Clients
UGH! Who Likes Maintenance?  Tips and Ideas to Make Maintenance Fun

Maintenance: almost everything in this world requires it. Roads, bridges, buildings, equipment, cars and even your health! Yet we have a tendency to loathe anything that has to do with maintenance. This article is intended to help you in two ways: The first section will expose the “shudder”factor we subconsciously associate with maintenance, and give […]

The Sherertz Family Project with GRO Outdoor Living

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects, Builders
The Sherertz Family Project with GRO Outdoor Living

Last summer I had the opportunity to design and build a unique outdoor living structure with a friend of mine, Garret Hergert. Garret and I have done many projects together. Garret is a co-owner of GRO Outdoor Living (formerly G2 Outdoor Living and Kyne Landscaping), which focuses upon creating outdoor living spaces with a holistic […]

5 Simple Steps to Plan Your Outdoor Living Structure

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Clients
5 Simple Steps to Plan Your Outdoor Living Structure

The invigorating aspect about outdoor timber living is that it adds a whole new dimension to the fun and unity created when you begin to plan, visualize and talk about what could be… Perhaps it is invigorating because of the longevity of big timbers… Your creation will be cherished and valued for a long, long […]

The Timberline Lodge Story

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects
The Timberline Lodge Story

How can a structure so beautiful have such an ugly secret? Arrow Timber Framing was able to contribute to the Timberline Lodge story in 2010. That has left me with both a feeling of satisfaction and a feeling of conflict. Let me tell you how I experienced the beauty of Timberline Lodge – and discovered […]

Timber Framing in Europe

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects
Timber Framing in Europe

An Architectural Design Scavenger Hunt“Dad, we better buy those plane tickets soon!” I put down my book and looked at my daughter, Lucia. It was early spring and about the 4th or 5th time I had heard this reminder in the last 3 months. You see, Lucia had asked if the 2 of us could […]

How to Avoid a Structural 98lb Weakling

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects, Builders
How to Avoid a Structural 98lb Weakling

 (Accompanying videos below)The # 1 Enemy: Inadequate Planning in Addressing Tension LoadsHow will you identify possible weak points in your timber structure?Is it worth your time?Can such a complex issue be summarized in an easy-to-grasp format?If you are mechanically inclined even slightly, I can confidently say: Yes, it is worth your time. Yes, it is […]

What Type of Beam Finish is Best for You?

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Clients
What Type of Beam Finish is Best for You?

Don’t let this one question catch you off guard…What Type of Beam Finish Is Best For You?Choosing and applying a finish or protective coating for your timber project is deceptively complex. What first appears as a simple decision becomes complicated. You are faced with a myriad of decisions.How can something so simple be so complicated? […]

Insulation Values Myth: The “R” Fairy Tale

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects, Builders
Insulation Values Myth: The “R” Fairy Tale

The Myth of Insulation Values by David B. South One of the fairy tales of our time is the “R-value.” The “R-value” is touted to the American consumer to the point where it has taken a “chiseled in stone” status. The saddest part of the fairy tale is the R-value by itself is almost a worthless […]

Tips for Creating The Perfect Home Atmosphere

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Clients
Tips for Creating The Perfect Home Atmosphere

Creating a signature atmosphere in your home using timbers is sort of like choosing a clothing outfit… you have the outfit itself and then you have the accessories, which control and personalize the entire appearance; Initial Style! The factors you will use for creating the big picture are: A. Room and house shape, depth, height, […]

Is Using Fiberglass Insulation a Mistake?

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Builders
Is Using Fiberglass Insulation a Mistake?

According to industry trends, fiberglass may indeed be toppled from its throne as the king of cost effective insulation. Savvy buyers have chosen varying types of foam insulations over fiberglass for one reason or another. Some point to vapor barriers, mold problems and the elimination of ventilation. Others are swayed by heating and cooling cost […]

Brand Your Timber Home

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Clients
Brand Your Timber Home

They Laughed When I Told Them I Was Going To “Brand” My House How to Add Class To Your Home by Carving or Burning a Message Into the Timbers of Your Home. Lettering or art burnt into exposed structural beams is a great way to influence your home and lifestyle with a sense of stability […]

Analyze the Message of Your Home

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Clients
Analyze the Message of Your Home

The “message” or the statement that a structure or home gives is a very subjective, broad topic and is influenced by many factors, including the personality and image of the owners. This report will touch on some examples of general messages and themes, give you an adjective/noun screening exercise, and finally ask you to state […]

7 Reasons You Should Build Green

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects, Builders, Clients
7 Reasons You Should Build Green

Building Green is no longer a Luxury, it’s a SAVINGS!Joe and Karen had a few surprises over the winter holidays. Happily they found out they were pregnant, a welcome addition to the family. They also received their heating bill for the cold snap earlier in the month. “Ow!” a startled Joe moaned to Karen: “We’ve […]

How to Quickly Create Your Timber Design Master Plan

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Clients
How to Quickly Create Your Timber Design Master Plan

Imagine This… Three weeks from now, you have a special team assembled around your kitchen table. Sketch pads, portfolios, color swatches, and laptops are spread out and ready to engage in creating this Timber Design Master Plan to transform for the area of your choosing. Your entry. Your kitchen. Your outdoor living area. The stage […]

Mantel Inspiration Is Easier Than You Think!

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects, Builders, Clients
Mantel Inspiration Is Easier Than You Think!

What does a mantel symbolize? To best answer this question, perhaps a brief digression into the history of mantels is in order. Mantels began to surface and were popular with the European royalty from the Dark Ages to the early 17th century. They became places for self-expression. Some of these mantels were extravagantly ornate. Many […]

Stable Geometric Shapes

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects, Builders
Stable Geometric Shapes

In timber framing, the key component used to stiffen walls laterally is the age-old knee brace. Here is an overview of bracing systems used in timber framing. Cantilevered System: This is one of the earliest forms of building. Think “pole barn”. Posts buried deeply enough into the ground basically cantilever upwards. Of course, early buildings […]

Special Message To Pros

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects, Builders
Special Message To Pros

Hello Dear Architect/Engineer/Designer, 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, […]

Outdoor Living Pavilions

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Clients
Outdoor Living Pavilions

Hello there! Before you dig into this fun little lifestyle quiz about outdoor living, you’ll want to know: I am a timber enthusiast. I have helped many people brainstorm, plan, and build outdoor living structures. These structures have really made people smile for a lot of various reasons. I am also quick to be up-front […]

Insulation Trends

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects, Builders
Insulation Trends

According to industry trends, fiberglass may indeed have been toppled from its throne as the king of cost-effective insulation. Savvy buyers are choosing varying types of insulation systems over fiberglass for many reasons. Some point to vapor barriers, mold problems and the elimination of ventilation. Others are swayed by heating and cooling cost savings. And […]

Are You More Stable Because You Like Exposed Beams??

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Builders
Are You More Stable Because You Like Exposed Beams??

Data Suggests That You Are Well Grounded and Able To Keep Good Relationships Sitting down this spring, I thought I would share my appreciation for the clients I get to deal with. Which then turned into an in-depth digression into what I have noticed and believe about the clients I work for. If you are […]

7 Steps to Beautiful Timbers All Year Round

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Builders, Clients
7 Steps to Beautiful Timbers All Year Round

The following tips have been provided by Sheri Steber, the co-owner of Timber Pro UV, a Portland Oregon based company which specializes in making protective stains for the Pacific Northwest climate. Unlike some protective stains, Timber Pro does not have a plastic look, does not need to be stripped off to apply consecutive maintenance coats, […]

Question/Answer with Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects
Question/Answer with Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

About 4 years ago, I put together a vacation retreat package to post on our website. I wanted to target future building trends, for a couple of reasons: first, because exercising design creativity is always fun, and second, I wanted to prove to myself that the demand for timber framing would not suddenly drop as […]

Trial by Fire: The Birth of ATF

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Architects, Builders, Clients
Trial by Fire: The Birth of ATF

Officially, the story of Arrow Timber Framing started when we got our first post and beam job. A customer asked me to do some authentic Timber Framing on his “shome” – a shop and home combo. But the actual roots go much deeper. The love for and fascination with the aspects of building and creating […]

Where To Draw the Line For Timber Decor in Your Home

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Clients
Where To Draw the Line For Timber Decor in Your Home

A Full Timber Frame vs. A Hybrid Timber Frame System… or just Small Accents? Stop. Clean slate. The difference between a full timber frame and a hybrid timber frame is simply the number of decor decisions you will be exposed to. A Full Timber Frame: Dictates that exposed beams are part of the home decor […]

Timber Truss Design Styles

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 in Architects
Timber Truss Design Styles

Finding your unique truss style is both rewarding and fun. It will have a very large impact on how your timber space feels. As you move through the process of getting your timbered living space, you will continually gain more insight into your style preferences. Keep in mind though, not to get too set on […]

3 Things Timber Framers Want to Keep Secret

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 in Architects
3 Things Timber Framers Want to Keep Secret

Secrets… In general, they are negative for everyone involved-both the secret holder as well as the person left in the dark. I believe the driving motivator behind keeping secrets is the desire to avoid short-term pain by hiding the painful truth. Once a secret is started, it undermines trust, inhibits honesty, and curtails freedom, especially […]

7 Tips for Exposed Beam Design

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 in Architects, Clients
7 Tips for Exposed Beam Design

7 Questions You Must Consider Before Choosing An Area For Exposed Beam DesignA Classy WOW Factor From The 17th CenturyTimbers can be used to make a dramatic statement in virtually any room or area: Entryways, great rooms, kitchens, dens, patios, pavilions, barbecue gazebos, and Jacuzzi trellises are examples of areas where exposed timbers create a […]

Surprise! “Oh Honey, You Shouldn’t Have!”

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 in Architects
Surprise! “Oh Honey, You Shouldn’t Have!”

More Smart Reasons to give her a Timber Package Attention, Guys! A special day is just around the corner… When was the last time you heard squeals of delight from your better half? What is it that really makes your sweetheart tick, anyway? Wouldn’t you give your eye-teeth to hit a home run with her? […]