He grew up the son of a cabinet maker. Starting at age 12, Erik helped out in the shop, learning his father’s trade. It was then he fell in love with woodworking and wanted to become a carpenter. Meet Erik Brotman.
Whether it’s cabinetry, custom casework, finish carpentry, or even guitar building — Erik is well versed in a wide range of fine wood working skills. Erik lends his skills as designer, project manager and sometimes swings a hammer.
From helping his father build cabinets to sweeping the shop floor, Erik always loved being around carpentry. In high school, he graduated from father’s helper to hired woodworker in the summertimes and paid internship as a high school senior where he learned valuable skills of the trade.
He took on leadership roles at an early age. At age 17 he lead the crews at the cabinet shop. At age 20, he lead milling and finishing departments at Tacoma Guitar as well as helping to develop processes in manufacturing facilities.
Creativity (and some frustration) eventually lead Erik into the design side of things. He quickly attained proficiency in various design programs such as Autocad, Cabinet Vision and 20/20 while honing his design skills alongside well known, local designers.
Erik boasts a design portfolio of over a thousand kitchens from ultra high end to small budget projects.
Today, Erik focuses on sustainable design using efficient design concepts and healthy materials. This focus is due largely in part to his daughter’s asthma and allergies.
“It’s daunting to think that most of the materials built into our homes contain toxic off gassing which we inhale and absorb. We should be living in healthy homes.”
Erik strives not only to make homes more affordable to own, but more affordable to operate and maintain.