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The Better Builders team actually finished my project ahead of schedule, which was quite a feat considering they had to work around the schedules of people who were working in the office space that was being renovated.  The team went out of their way to minimize disruption from the construction.  I was able to keep my business open through the bulk of the renovations.  The project manager, Pete, was extremely conscientious and did an excellent job of communicating with me about the schedule.  I now have a beautiful office space (see it here!) with great flow and functionality.

Better Builders went above and beyond to work with me on a very difficult job, and to accommodate my personal situation with grace and resourcefulness.  I found them to be forthright and honest, with my best interests in mind at all times.  Bill's personal integrity recommends Better Builders highly, and Pete was a magnificent Project Manager; I have recommended them to several colleagues and friends already. 

They were clear in the scope of the job from the beginning, and came in under budget.  I was well informed of timeline changes and costs; change orders never went ahead without my approval, and I always knew cost consequences.  The whole team was courteous and and respectful of my tenants; always thoughtful of disturbances and disruptions.  I didn't have to worry about things getting done, and they took care of the little things that came up in stride.  They're also in my neighborhood -- I wanted to give business to local businesses, and their references were impeccable.

To see the extent of the job, view the photos West Seattle Structural & Stucco Repair !

 

Bill remodeled our kitchen and bathroom.  Bill was great from the start when he gave us a bid. He was very punctual, practical, and had great communication.  He was quick with his estimate and we knew he was the one we were going to use right away.

Throughout the process he called us with any detail that needed our attention, and was great about
sticking with our budget!  He worked fast and the job was done in less than a month!  It looks amazing and we really appreciate his personality, his work and great ability to teach us how to maintain our new home!

See the beautiful transformation via the Burien Kitchen & Bath Remodel Project gallery!

Thank you so much for your incredible work, patient guidance and talent in making a house – a home. Being totally naïve to the process and someone who struggles to visualize what the whole thing would look like, I sure appreciated your calm explanations and gentle description of options – without pressure. Feel like I made a new friend… and friends with Chuck and all the people you brought in.

Love the kitchen and rooms in the back, view to backyard, cement patio… and so appreciate the awning (each time its raining and I’m looking for the key, I’ll think of “BB”). That you were kind, caring, fair, competent – was the best I could have hoped for.

With deep appreciation,
Marthalee & the four kitties

We met several General Contractors at the 2011 Seattle Home Show, but Better Builders provided the most complete estimate of my wife's intent and remodeling scope of work for our newly purchased home.  Our scope included a reinforced foundation, mudroom addition, relocating the electrical panel with re-wiring, remodeling a kitchen and two bathrooms, new floors in these rooms, a closest in a bedroom, changed to tankless water heater, installing custom made cabinets and appliances, and painting outside and inside.  

The workers laid padding on the floors to protect them while they worked in other parts of the house and cleaned after themselves every day.  Bill Babb, of Better Builders, presented a detailed estimate of costs and completed the project on schedule and within the price based on our selections.  He gave us more opportunity to input different products with his design team because of our background, knowledge, and experience.  Better Builders provided accounting statements with every expenditure which allowed us to track the progress with the estimate and our funds insuring we were within our budget.  

On a couple occasions, Better Builders asked the sub-contractors to redo a couple minor work items that we were not pleased with and they completed the work to our satisfaction at no cost to us.  The Better Builders workers and sub-contractors were excellent craftsman who paid attention to detail.  The primary crew and sub-contractors were neat, well-mannered and polite.  We highly recommend Better Builders to any interested remodeler who may want a small project to a higher-end project like ours.  Overall Better Builders performed a high-end large scale remodeling project that we just love.

Check out the Capitol Hill Remodel Project gallery to see the finished product!

Better Builders finished a bathroom remodel for me in June of 2011.  The remodel involved changing the layout of the bathroom, so it required taking the room down to the studs; rewiring; re-plumbing; putting up new drywall; putting in a tile floor, a new bathtub, tile walls around the tub, and a new toilet; painting the walls and ceiling; and selecting and installing new fixtures.

I selected Better Builders after seeing a complete home remodel they did in my neighborhood.  I liked their work, the Better Builders bid was lower than other contractors, and Bill Babb was very respectful during (and after) the bidding process.  During bidding, some other contractors were arrogant, seemed irritated with my detailed questions, and treated my remodel as a "small job" that they "might be able to fit in" but said they wouldn't be able to supervise it closely.  In contrast, Bill recognized that this job was very important to me since the bathroom is the central stop in the morning and needs to accommodate my growing family.  Most importantly, Bill treated this job as very important.

Throughout the remodel, Bill was extremely responsive to all my questions and requests. Bill, his employees and the subcontractors were all very polite and kept the site clean throughout the two-week project (this was particularly important to me since I have children, including a newborn).  The quality of work was also excellent, and Bill has promptly circled back with me on a couple of follow-on requests.  Bill came in at the bid price (and in fact performed some extra rewiring for the bathroom vent at no additional cost even though it would have put the contract over).

This was the first remodel I have had performed, and the experience and results were both first rate. The new bathroom is beautiful, and the new layout makes the bathroom feel half again as big.

What a treat to find a new certified green built home among the classic houses in West Seattle’s Admiral Neighborhood!  When our twin toddlers started bouncing off the walls in our house built for two, we searched for a home with much more space and a yard to play in.  Better Builders delivered.

Arvin and Bill’s attention to smart design and sustainable construction fit our needs perfectly and the finer details in the interior design and fixtures were exactly what we wanted.  So often in new homes, you find a lot of wasted square footage with hallways, odd-shaped rooms and useless spaces like “sitting rooms” in an attempt by the designers to be edgy.  What we found instead was an elegant and functional home without an inch of wasted space, lots of vertical to foster a bigger yard for our kids and such well-planned green construction that our energy and heating bills for our 3,700 square foot home are actually less than our old 1,300 square foot place.

Personally, Arvin and Bill were always responsive and timely in addressing our numerous inquiries and requests as we settled into our new home.  These guys definitely are Better Builders!

Having a green builder for our projects is one of our priorities, but having someone local, who is also green, is even better.  I have had many contractors in my home before, but never anyone I trust as much as Bill Babb of Better Builders.  He is an extremely conscientious person and contractor, and this is evident in the quality and detail of his work.  He has vision.  He was able to take the concept for our remodel and embellish it in a way of which we had not thought. This dramatically changed our overall design to include more space, more energy efficiency, and more style.  He took our West Seattle 1950’s basement to a whole new level and created a beautiful family den. 

Having Bill work in our home was a pleasure as he is very relaxed, timely and at the end of each day, left the space very clean.  He was able to recycle 20% of materials from our house back into the new design, and recycle 80% of what came out of the demolition.  We always felt like Bill treated us as a priority, and as our general contractor, made our remodel as painless as possible.  He was affordable and reliable, and we continue to use Better Builders for all our projects, large and small.

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