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Opti-Frame: Benefits of Precut Framing Packages

Change is hard. Many construction contractors resist new products or techniques because there are too many unknowns. Prefabrication and modular construction have been around for many years, but many contractors have resisted implementing them in their standard practices. Innovations like precut framing packages allow contractors to improve their efficiency, saving time and money, without having to change their procedures substantially.

Parr Lumber is proud to offer framing contractors a more efficient option when it comes to ordering lumber. Opti-Frame allows contractors to save on labor and material costs, increase efficiency, and improve safety for their workers.

What is Opti-Frame?

Opti-Frame is a precut framing lumber package that can help contractors save time and money on wood-framed buildings.

It starts when the structural design is loaded into BIM (building information modeling) software and a digital model is created. Using the information provided by the model, the studs, plates, headers, etc. are precut and labeled. They are bundled by wall assembly into precut packages. The pieces are labeled to match the construction drawings, making wall assembly quick and easy. Stud locations are pre-marked, and there is no cutting required. Workers simply follow the drawings, placing the labeled pieces where shown, to assemble the components of the building.

Similar systems have been compared to traditional stick building to confirm their efficiencies and lower cost. Buildings of similar size and complexity were built using precut framing lumber packages and traditional framing packages. The savings cited in this article are the result of the scientific analysis of the two framing systems.

Benefits of Opti-Frame

Saves labor

With precut packages, there is little to no cutting required on-site. Pieces are premeasured and cut to match the drawings. This allows framing crews to focus on installation, instead of measuring and cutting. Also, since the layout is completed at the factory, lead carpenters aren’t needed on-site. Framing contractors can use less experienced, and less expensive, labor to install the framing for a building. Because of its increased efficiency, framing installation time can be decreased up to 20% over traditional stick framing.

Less waste

According to estimates from the NAHB, unused wood makes up to 40% of Jobsite waste. Framers often order 8 to 12% more materials as a waste factor. The precut system eliminates the need to order additional lumber, and there’s no cutting, so there are no scraps. Projects using the system use only one dumpster, as opposed to three with traditional stick framing projects.

Opti-saw ​​​​​​​PARR locations:

Roof Truss Supply Woodinville Lumberyard
Parr Lumber Bend
Parr Lumber Hillsboro
Parr Lumber Salem
Parr Lumber Marysville
Parr Lumber Spokane
Parr Lumber Tacoma

Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiXKIuPJNcU&feature=youtu.be

Double Good News! PARR ranks in the top 10 biggest LBM dealers in the US

LBM JOURNAL 100 — Ranks the Nation’s Top Pro Dealers and Lumberyards by 2021 Sales

PARR ranks in the top 10 biggest LBM (lumber and building materials) dealers in the US

Launched in 2020, this is LBM’s second annual Journal 100 list reporting record sales and company growth both in raw survey data and commentary from partners in the building industry.

Parr Lumber Co. ranked number 10 with a 61% growth year-over-year

Read here: https://lbmjournal.com/2022-lbm-100-list-shows-big-gains-new-challenges/

We Made It – Private 100 fastest-growing companies of 2022

The clock is ticking down to the Business Journal’s big reveal of the Private 100 list, the locally headquartered, privately held companies that grew revenue the most between 2019 and 2022.

And that was a tough stretch in which to show growth: Starting at the end of a decade-long economic expansion and enduring the first global pandemic in a century.

Portland Business Journal – Fastest Growing Private 100 Companies in Oregon and Southwest Washington 

How to choose the Best Materials for Raised Garden Beds?

Best Raised Garden Bed Materials

Raised garden beds provide a quick and easy way to add color to your yard. These beds can be placed on top of the existing ground or hardscapes like brick or concrete. They provide an easy way to address soil challenges and make controlling and pulling weeds easier.

Raised beds can be constructed with simple designs or you can use existing containers. In this article, we’ll tell you which materials are best for raised garden beds and what materials you should avoid.


Redwood is a durable outdoor wood that is most affordable on the West Coast, due to the proximity of the Redwood Forest. It has a high level of tannins that increases its durability and helps repel rot and prevent termite infestations. Raised beds made of redwood can last a decade or more and are rumored to last a bit longer than cedar, especially when heart redwood is used.

Dense redwood, also called heart redwood, construction heart, con heart, or heart B redwood is best for outdoor use. It will last longer than common grade or sapwood redwood.


Cedar is another durable outdoor wood that can be used to construct raised garden beds. Like redwood, it has a high level of tannins to help prevent rot and termites and improve durability. Cedar is more affordable on the East Coast, although it can be found throughout the country.

Check out our step-by-step instructions for building a cedar planter box.

Other hardwoods

You can use other hardwoods to construct a raised bed if redwood or cedar is too expensive. These woods are denser and more durable than softwoods. Hardwoods include teak, maple, beech, hemlock, walnut, black locust, and oak. These woods are good for outdoor use but won’t last as long as cedar or redwood.


Some softwoods can be used to construct raised beds, although they won’t last as long as hardwoods, cedar, or redwood. They’re more affordable, making them an attractive option. The best softwoods include douglas fir, pine, spruce, and juniper. Garden beds made from softwoods may last around 4 to 7 years on average.

Other materials

Wine barrels, which are made of oak, can easily be transformed into a raised garden bed. Simply drill drainage holes into the bottom of the barrel, then add soil and plants.

A variety of metal products can also be used for raised beds. Metal beds don’t rot, swell, or shrink with moisture, and don’t require maintenance. Galvanized steel works great in wet climates, as there is a layer of zinc that prevents the metal from corroding and rusting. The zinc isn’t likely to leach into the soil, except under very acidic conditions. Furthermore, zinc is a natural element found in soil that is good for plants of all types. They rely on it for root development, resilience to cold temperatures, and other necessary processes. To create a metal bed, you can use a prefabricated metal container, like an animal feed or water trough, or construct a wood frame and cover it with galvanized steel.

What not to use

Almost as important as knowing what materials to use, it’s also important to know what materials to avoid when constructing a raised bed garden.

Railroad ties should not be used in plantings or landscaping. They are treated with creosote, which is a probable human carcinogen and may inhibit growth or harm plants. The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a warning and banned the use of railroad ties in landscaping and gardening.

Also, treated or pressure-treated lumber should be avoided. In the past, treated lumber used an arsenic-based compound. However, it was shown to leach from the lumber into the surrounding soil. This compound was banned in 2003 and replaced with less toxic copper-based compounds. Although the new compound is safer, it’s best to avoid treated lumber altogether, especially when other options are available.

If you find lumber of unknown origin lying around, it isn’t recommended for use in your garden bed, especially if you’re growing fruits and vegetables. The lumber may be contaminated with toxic chemicals like lead, arsenic, or other heavy metals. It’s best to use virgin wood or lumber that you know the source of.

Rubber tires do not make a good raised bed material. Car tires contain benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, heavy metals, and other substances that are toxic to humans and may leach into the surrounding soil. They should be used only for flowers and other plants you don’t plan on eating.

Lumber-raised beds provide the most design flexibility, allowing you to take advantage of all the available space in your yard. Whether they are square, round, or rectangular, they will help bring color to your yard and healthy fruits and vegetables to your table.

If you have questions regarding a raised garden bed project, contact us to get professional help.

Supporting The Rios Family in Honduras

As a company and as individuals, we can make a substantive and positive difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors. At times, the task seems daunting as there is so much work to do in our communities. We are proud to support The Rios Family in Honduras.

PARR donated home-building tools and materials for The Rios Family, Honduras. It was a great project to work on with Blackwood Builders.

Read more: Click here

Tour of remodeled homes presented by Standard TV & Appliance – the Pacific Northwest’s premier remodeling tour

2022 Tour of Remodeled Homes

The 2022 Tour of Remodeled Homes, presented by Standard TV & Appliance – the Pacific Northwest’s premier remodeling tour – Sponsored by Parr Lumber, will take place on May 21 – 22. Plan a weekend with family/friends to see the latest remodel trends and styles. It is an event not to be missed.

Tickets are $30 each, but we are giving out 50 FREE TICKETS to our social media family. Message me if you would like to get one!

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Kitchen Trends 2022

Remodeling Trend for 2022

Multipurpose Kitchens

As we settle into the new normal and refresh and revive our interiors, many homeowners are looking to refresh and reorganize their kitchens to accommodate working and schooling from home. A multipurpose kitchen is a blend of traditional kitchen functions and provides space to work or school from home. As more people go digital, these multifunctional kitchens will be in hot demand.

Dual islands

If you want to take your kitchen to the next level and provide the ultimate in flexibility, consider adding an island or two. Kitchen islands have been around for decades, but the newest trend is dual islands. One island is used for traditional kitchen functions. It may include a sink or cooktop range meant for entertaining and food preparation. The second island is set aside for school or work. It should provide plenty of open space for laptops and notebooks and include comfortable seating and a charging station to keep all your electronics powered up.


With the recent focus on health and cleanliness, having countertops that are easy to clean, and keep clean, is a number one priority. Countertop material should make your life easier. Materials like natural quartz are perfect for multipurpose kitchen and island countertops. They are durable, natural, and easy to clean and sanitize. Quartz doesn’t require any maintenance and is the hardest non-precious stone on the planet. It comes in a variety of beautiful and intricate colors that have been rigorously tested for heat and stain resistance.


Changing cabinets is a great way to update your kitchen and incorporate multiple purposes into your storage system. Whether it’s refreshing your existing design, upgrading, or completely reinventing how you prepare meals for your family, new cabinets can help. The design and layout of your kitchen is personal. It reflects what works best for the way you live. Updating your kitchen cabinets to reflect the way you live and eat can make your meal prep faster and more efficient.

Hardware and organization

The hardware and organization accessories you choose for your multipurpose kitchen are functional statement pieces that shape how you live and work in the space. The performance of your kitchen is based on how efficiently and thoughtfully it’s organized. You can use drawer organizers, cabinet organization, and shelving and brackets to improve the efficiency of your cooking space.

Creative reuse

Due to supply chain issues and shipping delays, many homeowners are upcycling the old to create a new look in their kitchen. Reusing existing furniture and appliances available in your local area is a great way to shorten the wait for materials to be shipped to your home. Look for a garage sales and antique store finds that can be refinished and incorporated into your design. And don’t worry if the pieces don’t all match, as eclectic pieces can be brought together by using similar finish colors or hardware.

Whether you need some small accents to upcycle or are looking to completely renovate, the Parr Cabinet Design center team can help every step of the way. Check out one of their showrooms located throughout Oregon and Washington or follow this link to find out more.



Deck Planning Checklist

Deck planning list

It’s never too early to begin planning for summer entertaining and fun. If adding a deck is on your list of things to do, Parr Lumber has the supplies you need.  Here’s a planning list to help you get started.

Choose a size

A quick rule of thumb for deck sizing is to allow five square feet for each person who will be on the deck. So, if you have a family of five, you should allow at least 25 square feet for your deck. You’ll want to add additional room for parties and cooking space. The size of your house and yard will also help determine the size of deck you can have. Make sure you leave enough open space in your yard for other outdoor activities. Also, consider if you want the deck elevated or at ground level.

Choose a style

There are a wide variety of options for the height of your deck. Your deck design should be customized to meet the specific needs of your home and your family.

1. Ground level

This is a good option for families with young children or single-level homes.

2. Elevated

This option works for multilevel homes where access to the deck will be upstairs. It requires proper safety planning and handrails.

3. Tiered

Use multiple levels of the deck to create separate areas for each activity.

There are many features that can be built into your deck design, including built-in seating, planters, outdoor kitchen appliances, and decking patterns.

Make a plan

After you have decided the size of your deck, the style, and the features you want, it’s time to make a plan. Decide where you want to access the deck from your home if there will be stairs and where you need utility hookups, and what your budget is for the project. Now you’re ready to create a rough drawing on graph paper or you can go to parr.com to start building your deck with their deck planning software.

Construction considerations

Before you begin construction, here are some considerations:

1. Check your property lines to ensure you aren’t crossing any with your proposed deck.

2. Diagnose any drainage or grading problems that need to be corrected before you begin the project.

3. Decide what type of foundation you’ll use. Things to consider:

  • Type of soil
  • Will the deck be anchored to the home or freestanding?
  • Do you need to do major excavation work?

Foundation types include concrete piers with or without sills, prefabricated deck blocks, or foundation piles or screws.

4. Decide what type of decking materials you’ll use.

Now that you have completed your deck plan, it’s time to choose and order your building materials. The professionals at Parr Lumber can help you select just the right amount of materials you need to complete your project. And if you aren’t sure what material is best, they can help with that too.

Good luck building your new deck. You’ll be happy you did when summer comes around — this year and for years to come.

Author: Dawn Killough – Inventory Specialist at Parr Lumber

Read more: https://www.seattletimes.com/explore/at-home/building-a-diy-deck-its-easy-once-you-make-a-few-decisions/

Brian Kegg promotions

Brian Kegg will be taking over the Director of Sales position

Today, The Parr Company announced that Joe Leathers, Director of Sales, will be retiring effective March 31, 2022. Brian Kegg will be taking over the Director of Sales position.

Joe Leathers has been Parr’s Director of Sales since 2016. Prior to this, Leathers spent eight years as the Regional Sales Manager for East Metro, Central Oregon, and the I-5 corridor. He began at Parr Lumber in 2002 as a Contractor Sales Representative for the Parr Lumber Location in West Linn.

Leathers began in the lumber sales industry in 1987 and still considers a person’s word and handshake as a binding contract. Leathers has displayed exceptional teamwork over the years, and his contributions to The Parr Company shine through his team’s success.

Brian Kegg will step into the role of Director of Sales on February 7, 2022. Kegg began his career with The Parr Company 16 years ago as a Contractor Sales Representative. In 2012, Kegg stepped up to lead the Portland Sales Team as regional sales manager, growing and expanding this team under his guidance. Kegg is known for cultivating relationships with peers and vendors alike and for his excellent leadership skills.

According to Leathers, Kegg is “respected by all of his peers and vendor partners and involved in all of Parr’s major initiatives. Brian will be an outstanding leader of the sales team. It’s been my honor and privilege to have worked with Brian for all of these years. He’s the right leader at the right time. Congratulations to our next Director of Sales.”

Parr Lumber was established in 1930 by Dwight Parr Sr. in the Pacific Northwest and remains a locally owned family business today. Michael Parr, Brad Farmer, and Nancy Cranston, grandchildren of the founder, play active roles within The Parr Company, continuing the family legacy. Headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, The Parr Company has 44 facilities throughout Oregon and Washington and ranks as one of the largest building material suppliers in the United States.

February, 7th 2022

Director of Sales Transition

Parr Lumber Deck, Fence and Outdoor Living Expo 2022

Kicking off 2022 spring with our exclusive Parr Lumber Deck, Fence, and Outdoor living expo happening at 10 Parr locations. Check it out!

Deck Expo Highlights:

*Free Deck planning services
*Green Mountain Grill Giveaway worth $899
*Manufacturer representatives on-site
*Meet with one of our best in the industry vendors to help answer questions
*Gain more knowledge and insight specifics related to products.
*Event only specials
*Free lunch (11 am – 1 pm)

Deck Expo Locations:
Saturday, April 2 – Hillsboro (9 am – 3 pm)
Saturday, April 9 – Vancouver
Saturday, April 9 – Newberg
Saturday, April 16 – Raleigh Hills
Saturday, April 16 – West Linn
Saturday, April 23 – Prineville
Saturday, April 30 – Salem
Friday, May 6 – Pasco
Saturday, May 7 – Bothell
Saturday, May 7 – Spokane

For more information visit: https://parr.com/events/deck-expo/


Consumer Disclosure

You have not yet won. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. YOU MUST BE PRESENT AT THE 2022 PARR LUMBER FENCE, OUTDOOR LIVING, & DECK EXPO TO ENTER (UNLESS YOU ENTER VIA ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF ENTRY DESCRIBED IN THE OFFICIAL RULES). The expo is on the following dates at the following locations, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time: April 2, 2022 at our Hillsboro store at 7650 NE Wagon Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97124; April 9, 2022 at our Vancouver and Newberg stores at 6400 E 18th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661 and 200 N. Elliot, Newberg, OR 97132; April 16, 2022 at our Raleigh Hills and West Linn stores at 4605 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97225 and 2351 SW Borland Rd, West Linn, OR 97068; April 23, 2022 at our Prineville store at 601 N Main Street, Prineville, OR 97754; April 30, 2022 at our Salem store at 4050 Salem Industrial Drive NE, Salem, OR 97301; May 6, 2022 at our Pasco store at 2105 N Commercial Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301; and May 7, 2022 at our Bothell and Spokane stores at 17617 15th Avenue SE, Bothell, WA 98012 and 4111 East Francis Avenue, Spokane, WA 99217. Enter by using the QR codes or Sponsor’s tablet to submit an entry form at the event. One prize will be awarded, and the winner will be randomly selected. The prize is one (1) GMG Ledge Prime Wifi-Enabled Pellet Grill (worth approximately $899.99). The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. One entry per person and per household. Must be 18+ and Oregon or Washington resident. Other restrictions apply. Sponsor: Parr Lumber Company, at 5630 NE Century Blvd., Hillsboro, OR 97124. Click on the link for the complete promotion official rules.