green building services

Chuckanut Builders is a general contractor that specializes in green building; making homes more durable, healthy, efficient, and comfortable.

integrated design integrated design

The simplest way to explain our approach to design is this: we help you find the right people early on and they stay with you throughout the project. We do this by using an integrated design process.   Integrated design means that the general contractor, interior designer, and architect or building designer are involved from the […]

green building green building

The focus of our work is major residential remodels, tenant improvement projects and custom new homes in Bellingham’s core neighborhoods.  Because we’re green builders, we are selective about the materials we source and all of our projects include high performance building techniques. Many of our clients also love that we use an online project management system to […]

building performance building performance

As green builders and building performance nerds we are constantly pushing the bar. We do this because high performance buildings are more comfortable, durable, efficient and healthy; and these are qualities that our clients want in their homes.  A few components of high performance green buildings include: adequate insulation, air sealing, ventilation, rain screen details and a durable […]

recent news

Settling into the Creekside building

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Opinions

Most of the moving boxes are unpacked, the coffee pot has a permanent home and everyone that needs a key has one. For all intents and purposes we’re moved in. As we settle in we all know that there’s no point in getting too comfortable. The Creekside building is just a temporary stop along the way […]

We moved!

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Opinions

See those moving boxes? It’s official, we moved! Our new space is in the Creekside Building at 1701 Ellis St., on the lower level. We’re not quite as close to good pastries and coffee but we’re creekside, which definitely has its perks. Lunch by Whatcom Creek, sign me up!    

What resistance looks like at Chuckanut Builders

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Energy efficiency and green building

Earlier this week we received an email from Aaron Fairchild, CEO of Green Canopy Homes, suggesting that folks consider protesting the current administration with their pocketbooks. Aaron proposed thoughtfully limiting our consumption of global brands and focus instead on buying local. In Bellingham buying local isn’t a new concept. Rather, it’s ingrained in who we are as […]



what people are saying

See what clients, subcontractors, designers and architects are saying about Chuckanut Builders.

Our vision meshed well with the Chuckanut philosophy in energy efficiency, using local vendors and materials, as well as in reuse and resourcing of materials. We appreciate the high level of craftsmanship in the vendors and subcontractors, with some amazingly able workers who seem to enjoy what they do. Chuckanut handled costs and changes transparently, with great communication throughout the process.

- Hank Kastner

Thank you for the tender care given to our “big blue house.” Mike gave even the tiniest details his full attention. Your crew provided such high quality workmanship keeping the character of our turn-of-the-century building. Thank you!

- Carla Hasche, Executive Director of the Whatcom Center for Early Learning

You have lead a great team of people to complete the project and we have enjoyed our opportunity to meet so many wonderful members of our community.

- Carol and David Smith