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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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Marjie O’Coyne

Office Manager & HR

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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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
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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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Pat Dagley

Project Manager

About Pat

“I love being able to help others on their way to being the best they can be.”

WHY HE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

I love working at Better Builders because they genuinely care about everything they do. From choosing the best products, to meeting and exceeding goals, they always have the client’s best interest in mind.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I was a combat engineer in the United States Marine Corps for 14 years. After serving, I moved toward the construction and contracting field. I’ve held various construction, project, and operations management positions throughout my career. Having worked with Better Builders as a subcontractor for years, I’m excited to now be part of their Project Management team.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Spending time with family
  • RV camping
  • Promoting Personal Development
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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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Eduardo Muñoz Frias

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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Brad Valkenaar

Carpenter

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

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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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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Calvin Wong

Carpenter

About Calvin

“I enjoy using my skills and knowledge on a project to create beauty and functionality in a home. Seeing renovation from start to finish is my pleasure. Being able to see our clients happy makes me feel accomplished.”

WHY HE LOVES WORKING WITH BETTER BUILDERS

I love working with Better Builders because I get to spend every day doing what I love. Everyone in the company works hard to get our projects looking beautiful.

CAREER BACKGROUND

I’ve always had a passion for fixing things. When I was a kid, I would take apart broken electronics and try to improve or fix them. I was born in the Netherlands and raised in Toronto, Canada, where I first started doing handyman work at the age of fifteen. In 2008 I graduated from the George Brown College Building Renovations Program. Later on, I was a general contractor doing renovations for five years. In 2018 I joined the Better Builders family.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Computers
  • Music/Trance
  • Spending time with my wife
  • Snowboarding