Walter (Bill) Babb
Bill began in the construction industry at age 15 working summers for a remodeling contractor in a small town in Iowa where he grew up. After receiving his degree in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University he moved out west and worked in commercial construction for a few years. However, his love of homes and remodeling lured him back into homebuilding and a job 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 he started Better Builders with long time friend Arvin Marchel. He now incorporates all that he learned in production building and cost efficiencies into more custom projects, helping clients achieve their building goals on time and on budget.
As co-founder, Arvin brings almost 20 years of sales and marketing and business development experience along with a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University. His resume includes account and project management, general management, real estate sales and marketing. He is highly skilled and accomplished in sales and product marketing, building strategic partnerships and providing exceptional customer service.
Pete Baughman - Project Manager
Pete also began in carpentry at a young age. From age 11 he worked as a Foreman’s apprentice and helped build his father’s business. This experience developed his uncompromising attention to detail. In addition to being skilled as a Superintendent, Estimator and Lead Carpenter, he is a Master Carpenter having built custom cabinetry and furniture. He now has over 21 years’ experience in the custom home building and remodeling industry. He has also completed several modest commercial projects.
Heidi Steele, CKD - Design & Sales Consultant
Heidi has received a Cabinet Making Certificate as well as a Certification as a Kitchen Designer. She has more than twenty years studying and working in the design and construction fields. Her background includes work in remodeling, new construction, kitchen and bath design, cabinet and furniture making, picture framing and real estate. Heidi's experience in these areas has developed her passion for design and an understanding of the process of helping homeowners create environments specifically suited to their lifestyle and budget.
Phil Faulkner - Estimator
With over 30 years of construction experience in the greater Seattle area, Phil provides an impressive scope of knowledge. He brings expertise in carpentry, project and production management and as an Estimator. Phil’s proficiency in coordinating simple to the most complex projects serves as an invaluable resource for our fellow Better Builders team and for our clients.