Our journey began ages ago:
when the first cultures built underground tombs for their beloved leaders and learned to craft a vault, to the creature comforts of home established by the Dutch merchant class, and onward to the stunning skyscrapers built by immigrant craftsman poised on the edge of modernity. Our story is just one of many: we are the folks that persevere in the belief that technical knowledge and craft in the service of good design can make something meaningful and profound. Blue Sound Construction was founded on that faith and perseverance in 2006.
"Be the Tree"
Our tree represents the precious resources of our area, as well as the strength and stability we endeavor to construct, and with which we seek to shelter not only our clients, but also our employees, subcontractors, and future Seattleites. We are fortunate to live in a city that grew up during a period of beautiful architecture, and with every Seattle remodel or custom build we perform, we endeavor to craft a lasting legacy for generations to come.
Company Owner / Client Concierge
Above all else, Ben is a great people person. He values his clients, colleagues, friends, and particularly his family—all five of them (four children & wife, Courtenay). His career in construction began as a union apprentice nearly 20 years ago, but he considers himself a life-long learner of the trades. He began Blue Sound Construction in 2006, continuing his family's 50 year legacy of building in the Seattle area. We think his grandfather would be especially proud of Ben's gift for establishing rapport among the building community via the Master Builder's Remodeler's Council and the informal roundtables he's set up with other respected outfits; Grandpa Ben once did the same. See our Ben's resume to find out more.
Co-owner / Marketing
Courtenay is a phantom presence on every job; her meticulous organization has been instrumental in many of our operational processes. Our clients love her without ever knowing it. In our early days she developed crucial systems we continue to refine and oversaw our bookkeeping. Currently she spearheads our marketing and business development efforts, while maintaining a steady diet of 10-20 architectural books checked out of the library at a time.
Jason's experience in construction is as vast and varied as the life he has led. He began in the trades as a young lad learning how to stick frame houses, eventually working his way up to becoming a master stairbuilder for luxury homes throughout the Seattle metro area. He has restored historically significant commercial properties downtown and formerly ran his own business. After a ten year stint coordinating massive construction encampments and projects for the oil and gas industry in the most remote parts of the globe, he and his equally talented wife returned home to settle in his beloved Puget Sound area. In addition to this sprawling history of experience and his fluent grasp of the Russian language, we adore Jason for his collaborative spirit, unending bouyancy, and professional project management.
Like Ben, Kevin got his start in the union, where a surly superintendent took him under his wing and taught him everything he knew. From there it was onto framing crews, starting up his own company where he trained and employed his own sons, and working for other local high-end residential firms, until now, where his many years experience benefit Blue Sound in more ways than we could count. One of the things that attracted us to Kevin was his long history of coaching the Mercer Island basketball team. His innate sense of mentorship helps transfer knowledge through the ranks, and his calm, friendly spirit coupled with his rich construction experience keep projects firmly on course and clients thrilled. His love of family is one of the first things you'll learn about him; we have the privilege of employing one of his son's as a lead carpenter, and his granddaughter makes star appearances at evening Blue Sound events.
Bookkeeper / office manager
Fittingly, Kathy's background hails from hospitality. In her younger years she worked for the Bellevue Hyatt Hotel and as an assistant to the Canlis family of Canlis Restaurant. She received an MA in Education and undertook the most hospitable career of all in teaching high school, but spent several intervening years raising her three children before returning to the workforce. Her patient, organized, and thoughtful ways keep our books in perfect order, but her influence extends throughout the company with small touches that make a world of difference. Who knew your whole day could turn for the better when candy comes presented in a crystal bowl? As the nexxus point for our employees, clients, subcontractors, and suppliers, Kathy is the perfect representation of the generous spirit we hope to infuse in our Blue Sound culture.