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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 Bellingham, WA and 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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What Is A Worker-Owned Cooperative? October 1, 2017 - On July 1 we became a worker-owned cooperative [WOC], with the leadership and ownership shifting from the prior company owners [Rick Dubrow and Cindi Landreth] to the new company’s co-owners, or ‘Kowners‘, as we nicknamed them [Patrick Martin, Maggie Bates, Justus Peterson, Bobbi Plata and Shawn Serdahl].  This transition ended years and years of study and [...]
Ten Weeks In September 22, 2017 - Succession came to pass on July 1st, 2017, ten weeks ago. A-1 Builders, Inc. is now A-1 Builders, A Design/Build, Worker-Owned Cooperative!  My former employees are now my bosses! For the time being I’m helping the new team deal with marketing on a part time basis; my hours worked per week since July 1st has [...]
Eleven Days May 30, 2017 - Eleven work days until graduation. Most call it ‘retirement’.  Someone close to me called it ‘graduation’ and I instantly attached to that label, better representing my major leap into something so very new and different.  42 years at the helm of A-1 Builders feels sufficient. Time to pass the baton, but to whom? I started [...]

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