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The new role of the lumberyard

As the building material market has become saturated with big-box stores, the role of the small lumberyard has changed. Dan Swanson of BMC says that, while big-box stores are good for those who know exactly what they want, and only need a small quantity, a lumberyard supplies not only the building materials, “but the expertise behind the building materials.”

It all starts with a conversation, Dan says, and they can help you with cabinetry, millwork, windows, doors or crown molding. “We’re not afraid to say, ‘you’re choosing the wrong product for that application,'” he adds.

Lumberyards also offer a multitude of wood species, giving you a wide variety. Dan says they stock what’s popular in the Pacific Northwest, but if the customer does want something special, they can order it within a reasonable time period.

Compared to box stores, Dan says that everything in a lumberyard is made for you, and to your specifications at competitive prices.

If you’re redesigning your home, Dan recommends talking to a designer. They can help you determine your needs and space, as well as the correct type of building materials.

For example, if you’re redoing your kitchen, a designer can demonstrate the popular building materials and styles of cabinetry and drawers, and steer you in the direction that best works for you, Dan says.

BMC can also help you pick out casings, trim and molding, and have a large selection of samples for you to peruse, as well as helping you design custom doors.

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