Chuckanut Builders is Bellingham’s leading green builder. Our bread and butter is major residential remodels (kitchens, entire homes, and additions), new homes and tenant improvement projects. The vast majority of our projects are in Bellingham’s core neighborhoods. All of our projects include major building performance updates because we believe that it’s not enough for a home to be beautiful, it should also be comfortable, healthy, durable and efficient.
We also perform building performance specific projects. These projects generally include insulation, airsealing, new windows, replacing siding, new windows, weather proof barriers and heating and ventilation. The majority of these projects are Community Energy Challenge projects, although it is not required.
As a general contractor we manage all of the moving pieces for a project. We organize and oversee everything from subcontractor schedules to material drop-offs to final cleaning. Our crew consists of project managers, site superintendents and carpenters. We work closely with a handful of great subcontractors who specialize in everything from custom cabinet building to plumbing. In addition to having carpenters on our crew we have an in-house building performance crew. We don’t think it’s not enough to have a beautiful home, it must also be healthy, comfortable and durable. That is where building performance comes in.
Perhaps the most important aspect of being a general contractor is communication. On a daily basis we’re communicating with clients, designers, engineers, subcontractors, our crew, suppliers, house cleaners, and more! We use a handful of strategies and tools to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that nothing gets dropped. The two most important are our great Site Superintendents, who are on-site daily, and our online project management system. Our Site Superintendents primary job is to manage the job site. They are in charge of the crew, subcontractors, supply orders and they interface with the client daily to answer questions and address any concerns that might come up.
We use the online project management system to facilitate fast and effective communication between clients, designers, vendors and subcontractors. It’s great for clients that are out of town frequently and on complicated projects. In addition to having a Site Super on site daily and using an online project management we have weekly clients meetings and of course we’re happy to communicate via email, text, phone and in person!