We Build Special Structures
Using the highest quality and intelligent building practices and materials, in harmony with historical construction knowledge and the highest levels of craftsmanship. Creating spaces that feel good to your spirit, look good to your eyes and comfort your body.
We Listen To The Earth
Our deepest, and guiding principle, is to honor the Earth and stars in the spaces that we build. Bringing together a broad range of disciplines to create the most resonant structure possible. Using site sourced, salvaged, and responsibly manufactured materials whenever possible. Every project is multifaceted and seeks to upgrade the structures with the highest levels of energy efficiency and modern systems.
We Listen To You
Having honest and real conversations at every step of the project to continually refine the design, budget, and essence of what we are creating together. Bringing to form your dreams, true intentions, and embodiment of your spirit.
We Are Greater Than the Sum Of Our Parts
Our team consists of a large network of craftsmen of the highest caliber and integrity. Bringing together a team of experts in their fields to create the final product that will stand the test of time. Architects, engineers, permaculturalists, renewable energy experts, artisans, and skilled laborers each contribute to the overall, culminating in a completely unique and exquisite creation.
Our large projects will include an apprenticeship for one or more builders. An opportunity for continuing the legacy of building with quality. Each apprentice applicant will go through a detailed interview process and be matched with a project to suit their current and desired skills. It is when you teach something that you truly begin to understand it.
We Are Efficient
We are a capable builder whom is able to be extremely efficient and maintain quality control throughout the build process due to our hands-on approach. Instinct carpenters are involved in almost all aspects of the build, from foundations to finish carpentry. Utilizing specialty labor from our talented sub-contractors while supporting the project with dynamic and available skilled carpenters and project managers.
We Contract Cleanly
The baseline of how we work is clean, authentic, and efficient. Operating on open-book Time and Materials contract with no up-charges on subcontractors, materials, or profit/overhead charges. Collectively held accountable by an extensive estimating process, we stay on budget, on time and remain adaptable to the changing needs of a project
Meet the Team
Foreman + Lead Carpenter
Born and raised in Whatcom County and Bellingham, Noah brings his deep connection with this land to his craft. His positive attitude, talents and work ethic make him an impactful leader on site.
Journeyman Carpenter + Site Lead
An artist at heart with a general contractor background, Chandler brings a curiosity and care to his work. Having built his own home and DADU allows for an understanding and competency in the process of creating a new structure.
Here is an individual that has experienced a life to know how to tie a perfect bowline knot while in the truss framing of a new house during his first day on the jobsite. Tommy has been a sailor, cook, manager, podcaster; and we are pleased to have him as a carpenter.
Raised in the trades by a Tilesetter as a father, Tim understands the importance of high tolerance and patience. His steady demeanor that has been formed by years in the trades allows for authentic and thorough project management.
Foreman + Lead Carpenter
Raised in Bellingham building homes with his family Scott brings a lifetime of experience in residential construction. An unflappable and calm presence on site, coupled with a wide breadth of skills from foundations to finish work make him an invaluable leader on this team.
Project Manager and Finish Carpenter Lead
A craftsman in the truest sense, and his words are as carefully chosen as the grain of the wood he works. Jeffrey has built some of the finest millwork in Whatcom County (and beyond) in his 25+ years as a respected woodworker and now contributes to projects as a mentor, 3D CAD specialist and finish carpentry PM.
Trained as a teacher and experienced across many different professions Aidan takes a global perspective to the way he engages with his work. As a carpenter he brings an enthusiasm paired with a wry sense of humor to the task at hand.
Apprentice Carpenter + Welder
It is surprising how many different things that Jose is good at doing. Easy going and comfortable pouring concrete, remodeling or doing custom fabrication; he is an asset, and pleasure, to have on site in all aspects.
Journeyman Finisher and Apprentice Carpenter
Born and raised on the Nooksack River and experienced in many trades and industries in Whatcom County. Emoi brings a consistent, positive perspective and work ethic to the company in all he does as a finisher and carpenter..
Dedicated to the craft of carpentry and approaching his work with quality and care. George is attentive to the details and works hard everyday to create something to be proud of.
Apprentice Carpenter and Operator
Having worked across the trades from painting to production concrete work, Wes brings good habits and foundational skills that have been well earned. A strong and solid contribution to any team or task on site as a carpenter or equipment operator.
Versatile and keen to take on anything the jobsite has to offer allows a fit into many different project types. Casey is absorbing and implementing new knowledge daily to become a well-rounded carpenter and craftsman.
Creator + Carpenter
“My son is a ninja, my daughter is a dancer, my wife is a healer, and I am a builder.”
Jason was born onto a 60-acre working farm, has been a professional carpenter for 12 years, and 8 years as a company owner. After graduating college he traveled the world for a decade as a mountaineering and rock climbing guide. When it came time to put down roots he started Instinct Builders to bring his skills and passions to the built environment. Inspired through a profound connection to the Earth, Jason is merging all his skills and education into creating inspiring structures built with the highest level of craftsmanship, integrity and knowledge.
Instinct relocated to Bellingham, WA in 2016.