green building services

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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Almost done!

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Current projects

Earlier this week we co-hosted an open house at a project on the north shore of Lake Whatcom. We’re wrapping the project up soon so I wanted to share some photos. Smith and Vallee Woodworks built all of custom cabinets, including the beautiful walk-in closet. Keep an eye out for final photos which will include […]

Toward Net Zero Event

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Community Events

Toward Net Zero Event This winter we started a major remodeling project that was part of the Toward Net Zero pilot project run by the Community Energy Challenge. The objective of the pilot project was to identify the most cost-effective ways to achieve maximum energy savings in residential retrofit construction. A standard CEC single-family residential retrofit achieves […]



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