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Walter (Bill) Babb

Owner

About Bill

“I believe in giving our clients a remodeling experience that goes beyond expectations and builds trust.”

WHY HE STARTED BETTER BUILDERS

I wanted to give clients a better experience when it comes to remodeling. So many people have negative experiences with people in the construction industry. I understand that a remodeling project is a big leap of faith for most of our clients. I work hard to make sure their experience with us is an easy one that is based on honesty and integrity. At Better Builders, we pride ourselves on delivering projects on-time and on budget. More importantly, we treat our clients the way we want to be treated.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I began in the construction industry at age 15 working summers for a remodeling Contractor in a small town in Iowa where I grew up. After receiving my degree in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University, I moved out west and worked in commercial construction for a few years. However, I love residential home building and remodeling and soon found myself working with DreamCraft Homes, a production home builder that builds mostly in south King County. After nearly 16 years as Production Manager, and several thousand houses and many remodeling projects later, I started Better Builders.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Anything outdoors! I love boating, camping, fishing, hiking and skiing
  • Time spent with friends and family
  • Cooking
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Peter Baughman

Project Developer

About Peter

“I love to be involved in the process of creating something beautiful and unique. I love helping our clients realize their vision.”

WHY HE LOVES WORKING AT BETTER BUILDERS

Better Builders offers an environment in which you are set up to be successful. It is a friendly place to work and collaborate with talented professionals in every role!

CAREER BACKGROUND

Home renovation and new home construction have been a part of my life since birth. My great grandfather, grandfather and father were all Carpenters. It was only natural for me to be drawn to it as well. I worked with my father the majority of my life, helping him create and produce many extraordinary projects. My experiences have varied from Carpenter, Lead Carpenter, Project Manager, Production Manager and now sales. I moved to Seattle and started with Better Builders in 2011.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Spending time with my wife and kids- hanging out or going on adventures
  • Competitive cycling
  • Traveling with our dogs
  • Anything outside- hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing
  • Designing and building furniture for friends and family

 

 

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Marjie O’Coyne

Accounting & Administration

About Marjie

“I enjoy hearing people’s remodeling dreams and knowing we can help make them come true.”

WHY SHE ENJOYS WORKING AT BETTER BUILDERS

Our team of professionals is always client-minded. I know that our clients are well taken care of from start to finish.

CAREER BACKGROUND

My interest in home design and decorating began as a young child. I studied Architecture, Interior Design and Textiles at the University of Washington, which led me to many years working in the textile industry. I joined the Better Builders team in 2015.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Outdoor activities, including gardening
  • Sewing projects
  • Decorating
  • Sketching out my next home improvement idea!
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Kellé Boyd

Project Coordinator

About Kellé

“I enjoy meeting our clients, developing those relationships, and offering them assistance when they need it.”

WHY SHE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

Working side by side with our Homeowners, Project Developers, Project Managers and Estimators keeps me energized. To be included in each project from start to finish and to share that journey with not only our Homeowner, but the entire Better Builders team is very rewarding. There is a strong sense of pride with everything we accomplish and we openly acknowledge that the individual and the combined contributions of others are the key our success.

CAREER BACKGROUND

Having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington, majoring in Interior Design, I worked for nearly a decade in residential design and as a color specialist. I took a departure from the design industry to join my family’s business, Pyro Media. This architectural pottery company was built from the ground up by my parents – who followed the footsteps of a multi-generational line of potters emigrating from Japan. This experience taught me to work with efficiency, always with integrity and commitment. These models became ingrained from an early age and I continue that path of practice daily.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Live music
  • Art, as found in Architecture
  • Nature
  • Photography
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Phil Faulkner

Estimator

About Phil

“No two projects are identical- it’s my job to make sure every detail is included in the estimate.”

WHY HE LOVES WORKING AT BETTER BUILDERS

I started at Better Builders in 2011 and thoroughly enjoy working with a great team, where the support system is second to none.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I was born in England and, after spending four years in Canada, arrived in the Seattle area in 1979. I started as a Superintendent building single family homes. When the new home market slowed in the early eighties, I turned to remodeling and custom homes. Since then, I have been an Estimator and Project Manager for multiple projects.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Spending time with my wife
  • Traveling- cruising in a particular favorite
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Sheryl Smith

Controller

About Sheryl

“I love that we create and transform people’s homes into their desired vision. The before and after photos are always amazing!”

WHY SHE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

I love working with a great team and appreciate the core values of the company. Bill’s leadership is inspiring and he is always dedicated to doing the right thing.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I’m a WSU/CWU Business graduate who has worked for a variety of Fortune 500 companies. After long years in corporate finance, I really enjoy the work of a smaller company like Better Builders.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Spending time with my husband, our dogs and our friends
  • Nature! We are avid outdoors people who enjoy getting outside, including bicycling and traveling.
  • Music- my husband is a guitarist and I play drums
  • Supporting nonprofits I believe in
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Pete Perkins

Production Manager

About Pete

“I like the different remodel and custom home projects that vary with our clients.”

WHY HE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

I get to work with a great team of people every day.

CAREER BACKGROUND

A graduate of the Building Construction program at the University of Washington, I have had the opportunity to gain deep experience and hands-on knowledge in the construction industry. I worked summers as a Framer and Finish Carpenter in residential home building. I haven’t looked back.

I have worn many hats throughout my career- 14 years at Henderson Homes as Superintendent, Project Manager, Construction Manager and Production Manager, working on building new communities that included everything from houses and multi-family townhomes, to condos and a retirement center. Further, I have several years of building custom homes of all kinds.

I have over 10 years in building commercial tenant improvements around the greater Puget Sound region that included Class A Office Space renovation, Seismic building upgrades, new commercial buildings, commercial building shell renovations and upgrades, and Office-Warehouse renovations.

This varied experience has helped me build a career I love, in both residential and commercial construction.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Family time
  • Sports
  • Outdoor activities, including hiking and camping
  • Woodworking
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Brad Valkenaar

Project Manager

About Brad

“I love executing successful projects and building solid, trusting relationships with our clients and team along the way.”

WHY HE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

As a Project Manager for Better Builders, I appreciate the support of my colleagues and enjoy the collaboration with our contractor crews. Together with the Better Builders family, I will humbly roll up my sleeves to deliver a quality and sustainable project every time.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I began framing homes at the age of 15, alongside my grandfather. Over the past 18 years, I have continued broadening and deepening my proficiencies in construction and project management to better serve our clients.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • I am a proud veteran of the US Navy
  • Spending time with family
  • The outdoors- skiing, hunting, fishing and camping
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Eduardo Muñoz Frias

Lead Carpenter

About Eduardo

“I love the expression on our clients’ faces when they go back and look at the “before” picture of their space. It’s priceless!”

WHY HE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

Better Builders is like one big family and everyone is treated well and encouraged to succeed.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I’ve done a little bit of everything when it comes to construction. Starting from the age of 16, I loved the challenge of learning all I could in every job. From mopping floors to being a superintendent, I love working in all areas of the industry.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • My family- I have two little kids- a daughter and a son
  • Trying different foods- from Indian to Thai to Chinese and Italian
  • Festivals! There are so many in Seattle- Beer, Cheese and Wine Festivals are my favorite, plus any events my wife and I can bring the kids
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Federico (Fred) Munoz Duran

Carpenter

About Fred

“I like to see our client’s faces when we present the beautiful final project.”

WHY HE ENJOYS WORKING AT BETTER BUILDERS

I consider Bill a great leader. He treats everyone with respect, from clients to the crew.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I have been working with Bill since 2004. From the moment I got the job, I knew I found my vocation. I love what I do!

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Continuing education on the job- building a strong skill set
  • Meeting new people
  • Doing a great job for our clients

 

 

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Seth Branum

Lead Carpenter

About Seth

“Creating beautiful, unique and functional spaces for our clients is a point of pride in my work.”

WHY HE LOVES WORKING AT BETTER BUILDERS

I appreciate our commitment to sustainable building practices.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I found my way into carpentry after a brief stint in the army landed me back in my home state of Minnesota. I began work with a very small company which allowed me to learn a broad range of skills in a very short amount of time. Later that year, I relocated to Western Washington and continued to build my skills with several companies throughout the years. As the son of an architect, I view the design and construction of a home as an artistic expression. There is a special kind of beauty in something that is both aesthetically pleasing and also serves a useful function.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Synthesizers
  • Cats
  • Music
  • Camping
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Lucas (Luke) Gils

Carpenter’s Apprentice

About Luke

“We are thoughtful, environmentally- conscious builders who care about our clients and the world we live in.”

WHY HE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

I love the company’s passion for sustainable construction methods, as well as their passion for the environment.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I attended Prescott College in Arizona where I studied environmental science and sustainable design. For the past couple of years, I have been working as a Carpenter’s Apprentice for the United State Antarctic Program, based out of McMurdo Station in Antarctica. I was able to support a variety of research projects, many of them pertaining to climate and environmental science.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Being outside!
  • Lifelong learning, especially when it comes to taking care of the planet