Our Process

Our Process

We build extraordinary, distinct custom homes. Let us help you build yours.

The HBG Team works with you and our design professionals to develop your home through a seamless, hands-on and enjoyable process – from foundation to finished home. The earlier we start on your project, the more value engineering we can add to ensure a beautiful and cost-effective design.

1. Land/Lot Acquisition Phase

Need a lot? Our long-standing relationship with our local real estate professionals are key to helping you start your journey. If you have not found your homesite, our trusted real estate advisors can help you in this process.

2. Pre-Construction Phase

Feasibility Period

Once the lot is found, we bring in the experts necessary to carefully vet the property and confirm that the lot is ready for your desired project. This step includes bringing in the proper subcontractors and consultants, such as soils engineers and pool consultants. During this stage we also review city restrictions and municipal codes to ensure compliance of the design.

Home Design

As one of the top custom home builders on Seattle’s Eastside, we have built great and effective professional relationships with the areas top architects and interior designers. We provide introductions for you, matching your style and design needs of your project to the right professionals. We enjoy this part of the project as we get to work hand-in-hand with your architect and designer and you.

Specification Development & Budget

The details make the home. We work together with your architect and interior designer to create your “specs” (specifications) which are then used to create your budget along with the construction drawings.

Using our current bids from our subcontractors for a home in your similar style, we create a budget to start the process. Each element of your home will get a line item, from hard costs such as lumber and foundation, to soft costs such as architect fees.

Schedule Development

Once your plans have been submitted to the city planning department, we begin to establish the build schedule.

3. Construction Phase

Project Management

One of the advantages of working with HBG is our full-time staff of seasoned construction managers who have been in the industry for 20+ years.

Once your project is underway, our Construction Manager will track all aspects of scheduling, giving you the ability to see exactly where things stand. And our Office Administrator will track all of your expenses and provide detailed monthly billings, as well as stay on top of insurance and lien release challenges.

Home Construction

HBG manages every facet of the construction process, acting as the central liaison for subcontractors, consultants, vendors, and city inspectors. Our commitment includes addressing challenges promptly. Your Project Manager, present on-site daily, guarantees adherence to specifications for superior results.

Project Completion

Our comprehensive project close-out procedure involves a thorough examination conducted by our team along with an independent third-party walkthrough with you. Adam will then join you, your Project Manager and your warranty representative, creating a final “punch list.” Upon your move-in, you will receive a Comprehensive Close-Out Package containing duplicates of all contracts, releases, city documents, manuals, warranties, and photographic documentation of your project.

Ongoing Care

Your relationship with Highlands Builders Group extends beyond your move-in day. During the initial year post-completion, you’ll benefit from a comprehensive warranty. Following that, a two-year electrical and mechanical warranty is provided. Additionally, HBG is honored to be an approved builder with Maverick’s 1-2-10 structural warranty program, an available option to homeowners that will cover years 2-10.

Stay Connected with Highlands Builders Group

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Highlands Builders Group
218 Main Street #743
Kirkland, WA 98033
(206) 992-4111


Bria Wanichek


Bria brings over a decade of high-end real estate sales expertise and client relations experience to HBG, and currently serves on the Kirkland Planning Commission. In her former career as a broker with Windermere Real Estate, Bria represented many top area builders, including Bennett Homes and BDR Construction. Bria’s role at HBG includes land acquisition, design and sales oversight, investor relations and outreach and contracts. Her love of real estate and current design trends in the homebuilding industry ensures our continued fresh and modern home designs and interiors.

Bria’s background as a daughter of a homebuilder gives her a unique understanding of the homebuilding process, from land acquisition to delivery of the final product. Bria holds a B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from Pepperdine University.

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Adam Wanichek


Adam brings over two decades of building experience to Highlands Builders Group. Adam’s career began under Norris Homes, where he built over 50 homes as a Superintendent and created a proprietary scheduling system, keeping costs down and building timelines running smoothly. A position as Construction Manager with Heiser Homes soon followed, which brought him to the close-in Eastside. From there, Adam started BDR Construction, building over 50 homes and townhomes in both traditional and modern design styles.

Adam is respected by his peers, his financial partners and building officials due to his good nature, work ethic and deep understanding of the building process. He has a unique ability to see the art in his work, drawing on his studies in Architecture and Interior Design and his upbringing as a builder’s son. Adam is a member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish County, and the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB).

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Kimball Taylor

Construction Manager

Kimball brings four decades of experience in the construction of spec and high-end custom homes in the Pacific Northwest. As our Construction Manager, Kimball oversees all aspects of the field activities and on-site field operations, as well as the selection of trade partners and bidding. HBG is lucky to have Kimball on-hand providing invaluable insight, expertise and leadership for our building projects. Adam and Kimball’s working relationship began in the early 2000s during their time at Norris Homes, where they built dozens of homes in the south end of King County.

Kimball’s professional history includes Superintendent roles at Norris Homes, LeBaron Homes, Classic Concepts and most recently Dwell.

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Terry Tines

Field Supervisor

Terry is our wonderful Field Supervisor. Terry grew up in construction and is familiar with various aspects of the construction phases. We rely on his great attitude and organizational skills to keep our plats and job sites clean, safe and therefore productive.

A clean plat and job site are important to us and we take pride in Terry’s devotion to keeping our sites organized and presentable.

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Barb Tangeman

Operations & Bookkeeping

Barb brings decades of experience in Operations and Cost Accounting to HBG. Barb ensures our investors and banking partners receive clear and timely communication for draws & bond follow-up and tracking, to keep projects on time and on budget.

Barb served as the Operations Manager for Sinclair Thimgan Homes on Seattle’s Eastside for a decade, and has been a dedicated and diligent member of the HBG team for many years. Her unique skill set is invaluable to the team.

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Pete Matthews


Pete also brings us four decades of experience in the construction industry in the greater Seattle area. Pete spent 20 years in the residential framing industry, framing for large-scale communities and special infill construction alike. He then underwent Construction Management training and served as a Construction Manager for several large area builders for nearly 20 years. HBG is lucky to have Pete’s experience and expertise especially in the realm of framing, as our projects require intricate framing detail and knowledge of the framing process.

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