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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/Owner

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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Don Blanzy

Production Manager


About Don

“I love the attention to detail to complete a job well done resulting in a happy customer.” 

WHY HE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

The friendly family-like environment.

CAREER BACKGROUND

  • USMC - Sgt, Computer programmer
  • Royal Insurance - PM, Computer programmer.
  • Sunrise Software - Sales Manager
  • The Budd Group - Division Manager
  • DB Construction – Construction Manager

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Family
  • Volunteering
  • Hiking
  • Music
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Courtney Burke

Controller

About Courtney

"I love being part of a company that builds things that will stand the test of time."

WHY SHE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

I enjoy working with other people that have the same commitment to service and quality that I do.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Accounting. After a stint in public accounting, I worked for Equity Office and began my career in the real estate and construction industries. I spent several years working as Controller for another construction firm before leaving to start my own company doing small business accounting part time. I recently decided to return to the world of full-time work and am excited to be the controller for Better Builders.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Traveling
  • Skiing
  • Live Music
  • Running around after my three daughters who play soccer year-round!
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Marin Ryles

Marketing Coordinator & Client Concierge
About Marin

“I love getting to watch the process and the little details that go into a job from start to finish. Seeing a project come to life from design, all the way to completed construction is awesome.”

WHY SHE ENJOYS WORKING AT BETTER BUILDERS

I enjoy working with a team of people who care as much about our clients as we do about each other – a lot! Our dedication to sustainability and environmental friendliness is also very important to me.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I’m a Western Washington University grad with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing. I have held jobs in everything from recreation and athletics, to healthcare, to entertainment. Having joined Better Builders in September 2019, I am excited to navigate my new world of marketing and customer relationship building in the construction industry!

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Live Music
  • Spending time with my family
  • All things Harry Potter
  • Staying active
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Tracy Stromberg

Office Manager

About Tracy

“I love working with a team that has a common goal of making our customers enjoy the journey of getting their homes exactly how they envisioned.”

WHY SHE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

Better Builders is an amazing company that wants to excel in all things customer orientated. The dedication to a job well done emanates through the whole company.

CAREER BACKGROUND

After graduating from Western Washington University with a communication degree, I started working at a brokerage office transporting freight over the border. Continuing my office experience, I worked as an office assistant for the state until my family and I moved to West Seattle 8 years ago. When I took my first job in construction, I was intrigued by the remodeling and building process. For the next 5 years I managed an office that supplied doors and millwork to builders. I ultimately wanted to work for a builder so I could see the projects from start to finish and not just a piece of it. Living in West Seattle, the thought of working for a local builder was exciting and now I look forward to learning more about the construction world through my work as the office manager at Better Builders.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Spending time with family
  • Everything soccer
  • Trying new cuisines
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Scott Perkins

Project Developer
About Scott

“I love helping people to realize their dreams when it comes to remodeling their homes. To see the smiles on their faces when they see their beautifully updated home is incredible.”

WHY HE ENJOYS WORKING AT BETTER BUILDERS

I love working for people I trust, respect and care about. Better Builders is an incredibly tight-knit group and it’s a joy working with a company that makes you feel like family. Seeing the way they carry that care and attention over to all our clients helps me know that I am definitely in the right place.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I grew up in the construction industry. I started at age 11, sweeping floors for P & N Supply. After getting my BA in Business Management from Western Washington University I spent 18 years in the lighting & appliance industry before going into cabinet design and sales for the past 20 years. Now I’ve joined the Better Builders team as a Project Developer, and I can’t wait to help people create the home spaces of their dreams.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Hiking and Camping
  • Cooking
  • Hunting and Fishing
  • Reading
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Travis Folk

Estimator

About Travis

“Seeing A project going from a vision to a finish is the most amazing thing. Seeing the smiles on the clients’ face says it all.”

WHY HE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

Better Builders is the most amazing place to work. The Owners and staff all make you feel welcome and work as a team. It’s a place where the phrase, “work family”, actually exists. I love how the Owners care for their staff and clients. I have been in construction for most of my life and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I have been in construction since the age of 15. I started by cleaning up job sites for our family construction company, later moving on to framing and siding houses. After several years of that I teamed up with my father as the Project Manager/Superintendent and became a big part of the day to day operations for the family business. Managing everything from estimating, to materials takeoffs, to boots on the ground work, I have experience in every aspect of remodeling. I’m extremely excited to continue my construction path as an estimator for an amazing company like Better Builders.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Hiking
  • Cooking
  • Spending time with family
Chris Bergman

Chris Bergman

Project Manager

About Chris

“I love being part of improving our community and providing quality craftsmanship to our neighbors’ homes.”

WHY HE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

The best part about working at Better Builders is working with a true team! It’s comforting to see that every employee has the clients’ best interests in mind. And being in a supportive and collaborative environment is a big part of building successful projects.

CAREER BACKGROUND

My family and I moved to Seattle in 2018 from Crested Butte, Colorado, where we lived for twenty-five years. I have done everything from building executive trophy homes to historic restoration projects. Before Better Builders, I owned a stone fabrication business, where I provided astonishing finishes to all settings. Over the course of my career, I’ve worked my way up from framer, to finish carpenter, to now Project Manager. And I am very excited to see where this time with Better Builders takes me!

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Biking
  • Spending time with family
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Chuck Severson

Project Manager

About Chuck

“I love working for and with people that have similar interests and goals.”

WHY HE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

At Better Builders we are always looking for the best ways to create client’s dream home. It’s not about meeting expectations here, it’s always about exceeding them. Being part of a company that goes above and beyond is a blessing.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I worked at Better Builders previously as a carpenter before parting ways to explore other careers in the construction industry. From there I worked for K-Designers holding various positions throughout my tenure with the company. Lastly, I worked at McVay Brother’s Siding and Windows as the Lead Installer. I am excited to be back with the Better Builders team as a Project Manager!

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Camping
  • Snowboarding
  • Spending time with my wife and grandchildren
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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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Kayla D’Aprile

Carpenter

About Kayla

“I love working with the raw materials that turn into people’s dream spaces. Getting to work with my hands every day is the best.”

WHY SHE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

My favorite part of working with Better Builders is that the customers and the details are priority. I feel like the job is more than just a job, it’s a livelihood and a passion for everyone who works here. I work with a group of people that love what they do and put an extreme focus on teamwork. As Bill and Pete always say, Better Builders is more than just our name, it’s the way we do business.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I have been working in the carpentry field for 12 years now. I worked two jobs to get myself through trade school, becoming the first female carpenter to complete that Apprenticeship program in the Washington Spokane Home Builders Association. I am proud of the path my career has taken, stating as a general laborer and working my way to a skilled carpenter in a trade where women are underrepresented.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Design and Woodworking
  • Spending time with my Partner and our Dog
  • Laughing, smiling, and telling jokes
  • Music
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Joel Borroel

Carpenter's Assistant

About Joel

“Working on new challenging projects and developing new carpentry skills makes every day exciting. Working with talented craftspeople pushes me to learn and grow in my trade.”

WHY HE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

I enjoy working for Better Builders because it gives me different projects to work on and the ability to learn more, and it's a great company that takes care of its employees now and in future with the benefits they offer.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I have worked in carpentry overall construction jobs for about 20 years now. I’ve always been interested in carpentry because it's very rewarding to see something I've created using my own hands and my mind. Another reason is that carpenters solve problems by being patient and creatively using what they know. Having a job that challenges me every day is rewarding.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Caring for my horses
  • Spending time with family
  • Honing my carpentry skills