Building With the Future in Mind Since 1955
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A springboard for making your dream project a reality by balancing form, function, and budget.
Do it right or do it over — we save you money by not cutting corners, ensuring the best quality for your budget.
Sustainable, healthier, more efficient — our Green Building is better for you, and the environment.
Remain independent longer by making your home fit your changing safety and comfort needs.

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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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 [...]
Second Aid: Lessons Learned From Past Adventures November 2, 2016 - All too often I’ll run into another hiker and the following conversation ensues: “How many nights are you staying out?” “None… I hope. We’re on a day hike.” “Then why are you carrying so large a pack?” Allow me to unpack my answer… an answer that addresses situations well beyond wilderness travel. An answer that [...]
Company Day Hike To Mt. Pilchuck Led To Team-Affirming Helicopter Rescue September 12, 2016 - Sunday, September 4th, 2016.  Hikers from our company: Rick Dubrow, Cindi Landreth, Cathie Bertola, Shawn Serdahl, Justus Peterson. Injuries usually happen upon descent.  So it was on Sunday, 9/4/16 at the 4,420 foot level of Mt. Pilchuck.  Five of us, all co-workers at A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio, on a company dayhike, heard someone screaming [...]

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