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Buddha Builders

Colby Atkinson founded Buddha Builders in 2018. The company is a veteran-owned and operated hardscaping and landscaping design operation. Mr. Atkinson faithfully served the greater Seattle area for more than two decades. Mr. Atkinson wants to offer these many years of experience to build up each of Seattle’s exterior spaces to be the most beautiful, functional, and sustainable for both businesses and residents.

The gentleman is not only a dedicated businessman, but he’s also committed to giving back to his local community. His contributions go to help the neighborhood food banks, the battered women associations, and drug rehab facilities. Plus, he extends the opportunity to all his clients to donate to one of the charities he supports.

Roughly 20 percent of the gross profits Mr. Atkinson sees goes to his donations. He further uses his expertise in the hardscaping and landscaping industries by advertising to help anyone in need with yard cleanup. The business owner will be giving out a free “yardzen” design, a value of $2000. Individuals who perform $30,000 in design projects with him will receive a free yardzen design. For anyone completing a project in the $20-50,000 range, 50 percent off of a yardzen design will be provided.

Mr. Atkinson is a well-respected businessman and resident of the Seattle area. Repurposing an outdoor space is to beautify the community, and that should be everyone’s goal. Some of the services provided by Buddha Builders include:

  • Landscape design
  • Landscaping
  • Hardscaping
  • Retaining wall design
  • Retaining walls
  • Pool designs
  • Driveways
  • Firepits
  • Pavers
  • Deck designs
  • Luxury outdoor elements
  • Outdoor living spaces
  • Patio designs
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Outdoor kitchen spaces
  • Fencing
  • Fireplaces
  • Sheds

Contact us by phone or email if you have any of the above project needs. Or please come into the Sammamish office to look over previously completed projects over the past 20 years.

These speak volumes of the experience and talent of a very dedicated garden and building professional. If you don’t know where to begin and could use a little guidance on the planning process, let Mr. Atkinson give you that initial nudge.


Our company is comprised of leaders in the industry who will bring your vision to life with the least amount of hassle possible, no matter how big the project.  Understandably, you want to live in your vision, not in the process.  Buddha Builders pairs attention to detail, steadiness and experience to quickly get you to your vision, never rushing and always finishing on time.

Along with unique and quality design, we constantly strive to offer a growing catalog of innovative products for your home and outdoor living space.  From your vision arises the opportunity for Buddha Builders to offer you many local, sustainable materials and techniques.  The materials we use are of the highest quality, and guaranteed free from any defects upon installation.  We will work smart to ensure you get the most from your investment.

We maintain a timeline and communicate updates the entire project, ensuring your complete satisfaction before calling the job complete.

Browse our site and offerings for photos of finished projects.

Buddha Builders Volunteers


Our founder, Colby Atkinson, was born in New York City in a Buddhist monastery.  He lived his early childhood years in Greyston, a Zen Buddhist community where he spent his days going to work with his parents in the bakery.  Have you ever noticed the history on the side of your pint of Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream?  Greyston Bakery is responsible for much more than those bits of indulgence in each bite.  With their groundbreaking open-door hiring policy, anyone who wants a job at Greyston is given the chance to work.  Colby grew up within the Buddhism community, but at the time was more interested in taste testing cookie dough than he was sitting in meditation; kids these days…

Fast forward through two deployments with the US Marines, it wasn’t until Colby came home from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan that he began practicing meditation and prayer regularly.  Structure and balance from military training and application, along with a willingness to return to self-exploration and life at home, was the perfect synergy to bring Jesus Christ into Colby’s daily life. The training and guidance he received in the military set Colby up to combine these skills with those previously obtained apprenticing under a third generation Italian stone mason in New York.  All of this, laying the foundation for what is now Buddha Builders LLC.  Since then, Colby put his money where his mouth is, as they say, and took the next step towards living a life walking side-by-side with God, fighting temptation to past sin and taking the easier road. Colby got to work in living a life of following Christ, and in designing and constructing hardscapes and landscapes here in the Northwest.



Our team focuses not only on the best products and services, in our free time we give back to our community.  Bi-annually we go out to Shadowlake Nature Preserve and volunteer our time, and work side-by-side with leading biologists on the forefront of sustainable urban development.

Our founder, Colby, also leads the Operations for The Mission Continues, 1st platoon in Seattle.  Community service projects in the area have brought Colby great joy and memories over the years, including a recent surprise recognition ceremony by the Seattle Seahawks, complete with a marching band.   From The Mission Continues website, “The Mission Continues is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that empowers veterans to continue their service, and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact.”


Buddha builders loves the process. We’ve been developing an operational process which minimizes conflict and maximizes production. This process is fueled by our passion to make every project run smoothly and every beautiful and scape thrive.

From the first time we meet to the end of the project We will share our ideas, experience, and expertise to achieve exceptional results from the start of a project process.

Our crews are skilled craftsmen, and are there to bring your thoughts or detailed designs into expertly constructed landscapes that will stand the test of time and add lasting value and beauty to your property. Mindful, hard-working, and diligent, they respect your property during the project, and leave it cleaner than they found it at the end.  Your project manager will be your sole contact, and will manage the Installation process from the first walk-through till the final punch list. You can look at some of our Belgard Portfolio on our website as well as our Facebook page to see examples of the awesome work we do.

Focus on our strengths:

We build outside of the building to allow one source of responsibility and accountability for all your outdoor construction  needs

We’ve got this covered:

Proactive decisions and thoughtful solutions to reduce unnecessary challenges today and in the future.

We’re here to bring your dreams to life:

We support, implement, and protect the thoughtfully conceived design concept in every way possible.