About Us

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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.



     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 Buddhism back 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.  Laying the foundation for what is now Buddha Builders LLC, Colby got to work in designing and constructing hardscapes and landscapes here in the Northwest.  

Giving back

     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.”