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.

We Educate

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

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JASON WHEELER

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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

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Noah Beardsley

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.

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Tim Curtis

Site Lead + Carpenter

 

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.

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Kolton Kirkendoll

Journeyman Carpenter

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.

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Scott Dartt

Site 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 as a lead, coupled with a wide breadth of skills from foundations to finish work make him a well rounded carpenter. 

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Wesley Shaw

Apprentice Carpenter

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. 

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Chandler Clack

Apprentice Carpenter

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.

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Devin Gartner

Apprentice Carpenter

Local to Lynden and having graduated from UW with a degree in Computer Science, Devin has a rooted sense of the area.  He puts a thoughtful and sharp eye on each task and is always seeking the understanding of the whole picture.