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Designing, Building and Remodeling With the Future in Mind Since 1955

For over six decades we’ve been setting the standard in Whatcom County for remodeling, repairs, and custom homes. Our award-winning team is dedicated to reflecting our community’s commitments to sustainability and the value of long-term thinking.

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Head shot Justus Peterson’s Journey Towards ‘Greener Pastures’: a Mid-Course Correction June 29, 2016 - On January 15th, 2016 I went back to work for A-1 Builders after an interim period of 10 years of lucrative employment in the oil industry. I turned my back on the oil industry for a number of reasons, but ultimately it was for my health, both physical and mental. But my journey goes deeper [...]
Bloated Squirrel cropped- featured image Efficiency Without Sufficiency Is Insufficient June 2, 2016 - I’ve spent my adult life reducing my ecological footprint, struggling with possible next steps because they are, frankly, enormous.  Giving up air travel, for instance.  Visiting my aged parents in Florida and accessing the wilderness in the southwest are particularly appealing.  [I can, and do, purchase carbon offsets for such travel – though offsets are [...]
DSC02261 OUR GREATEST SKILL; OUR BIGGEST LIABILITY March 2, 2016 - Just got back from a solo adventure in Death Valley National Park.  I wasn’t supposed to go alone.  Stephen Trinkaus and son Cody were to join me, but illness stopped them cold… the night before departure. I went anyway, completing, in addition to numerous day hikes, the 3-day, 2-night, 32-mile Cottonwood Canyon/Marble Canyon backcountry hiking [...]

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