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
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.
Meet the Team
Site lead + Carpenter
Born and raised in Whatcom County and Bellingham, Noah brings his deep connection with this land to his craft. His positive attitude and work ethic, combined with his skills as a carpenter make him an asset on site.
Raised in the trades by a Tilesetter as a father, Tim understands the importance of high tolerance and patience. His steady hand and demeanor lead to a beautiful final product whether it be framing or finish carpentry.
Site Lead + Carpenter
Having owned and operated his own bike repair shop in South Lake Union of Seattle for 6 years, Buck knows what it takes to operate with precision and quality. Well researched and very discerning, he will only allow the very best from himself and materials on site.
Kolton has had many professional outlets over the years, from farmer to social outreach and carpentry. His kind nature and sharp wit, coupled with his keen eye for detail are utilized across the many tasks he takes on daily.
Greg brings a diverse background of carpentry skills to the table. In fact, he can make a table. Craftsmanship and care are woven into each task accomplished, while a calm and thoughtful demeanor are a pleasure to have on site.
With years of “unofficial” experience working with his father and family on many renovations, as well as in a professional finish shop, Yahir is dynamic and flexible to the needs of the project. Concurrently pursuing his passions in graphic design, digital art and utilizing his Art History degree part time.
There are not many things that Mike hasn’t experienced in the trades in his 10+ years across the spectrum of disciplines. Seeing challenges on the site through this lens allows for an efficient and clear pathway to a final product.
Special Project Lead
When there is something that needs that special attention and mindset to go from an idea to reality, Will is our go-to. Taking in the whole picture of how things relate to each other and asking the right questions.