“Clients need to know all contractors are not the same. Genuine pride and achievement in high levels of care are reflected in our actual work product and tenure in the profession.”

– Richard Russell


Soundhouse Construction blends fine craftsmanship, innovation and technology to create healthy, safe, beautiful homes and commercial spaces that will endure. Trust Soundhouse to proudly bring the highest level of skill and care to your project. Testimonials and references are available upon request.


Here at Soundhouse, our commitment to realizing a client's vision means we will always employ “best practices” and build to a higher standard, just as knowledgeable and caring craftsmen have for generations. Not only do we use the best in traditional construction techniques, we also draw upon appropriate technologies to improve building durability, structure integration, fine finishing and extended maintenance, which adds considerable value to our clients' projects.


We maintain our commitment to quality by employing seasoned craftsmen under vigilant supervision. Always conscientious, our tradesmen receive the respect and support they deserve. And a 32-year record of no major or moderate accidents proves that we prioritize safe work conditions, and we intend to keep it that way.

Our in-house workshop utilizes the highest quality machinery to perform specialty functions such as custom cabinetry. And when it comes to on-time scheduling and on-price project completion, Soundhouse has a proven track record. Computerized line itemization and cost control measures help to track progress and accounting, and eliminating stressful guesswork.


Although Soundhouse prefers to give fixed-sum contracts, we accommodate client wishes and are willing to consider other contractual forms. Fixed-sum contracts require a clear understanding of the scope of a project – knowing plans, specifications, and determining the sequence of steps in order to provide the appropriate labor and specified material at the right time. With fixed contracts, the cost is fixed unless and until the scope of the work changes.


The benefit to you is peace of mind as Soundhouse Construction takes your project into the future with a home that’s made to last.


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Learn more about how Soundhouse can help you design and build, or remodel and restore your island home, made to last with sound construction and superior craftsmanship. Please call 360.376.3333 or send an email to rrussell@soundhousellc.com.




Richard Russell

About Richard Russell


Soundhouse owner and principal operator Richard Russell is more than just a highly skilled contractor and designer. A fourth-generation carpenter, Russell's depth of understanding covers everything from materials to standards and structural integrity.


He regularly serves as a specialized consultant throughout Washington State, either helping contractors with their performance, serving as a mediator/ arbiter to resolve disputes, or serving as a construction forensics expert in legal environments.


With over 40 years of experience as a contractor on the West Coast, Russell has been widely recognized for his qualifications, including recruitment to serve as general contractor for the Bungalow special project on the popular PBS Series "This Old House.” Russell also teaches building construction at Skagit Valley College. He is a sitting member of the San Juan County Building Advisory Council.






Washington Licensed General Contractor, SOUNDL*923LJ
Member of International Code Council
American Institute of Architects, affiliated member
American Concrete Institute, Certified Field Inspector
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce, member
Architectural Woodwork Institute, member
National Association of the Remodeling Industry, NARI
National Association of Home Builders, NAHB, member
Construction Specification Institute, member
Forensics Expert Advisers, Incorporated (FEA)
American Arbitration Association, impaneled arbiter
Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys (TASA)
California Contractors State License Board, industry arbitrator
California Contractors State License Board, industry expert