About Us...

Northwest Designs and Building was established in 1985 blending a unique collection of skills and expertise not available in the local decking industry. This has resulted in a reputation for creativity, high quality and customer satisfaction. Starting very early in life Bob Schwarz developed a love of design and building in a childhood filled with building multilevel interconnected tree houses and forts. A practice continued to date with the construction of Bob's 10 year old nephew's tree house.

Since its not possible to earn a living building tree houses Bob sought and earned a Bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon in June of 1977. During the last 2 summers of college prior to graduation Bob collaborated with a fellow Architecture student to put into practice some of the principles and procedures being learned in school. His actual first professional design and build job was during the summer of '75 and was a deck located in Mountain Park. After graduation Bob officially formed the design / build partnership. A large and diverse collection of projects ranging from additions, remodels, kitchens, baths, and new construction were taken on and completed.

In May of 1985 Bob moved away from the partnership and started Northwest Designs and Building. And in the Spring of 1991, after many years of designing and building in any and all aspects of the residential realm, the scope of the business was changed to specialize in decks. In the few years that followed other outdoor structures such as pergolas, trellis and arbors, gazebos and patio covers were added to the scope of work.

It was during this time a very large deck was completed and photographed in the late 80's by Sunset Magazine. In addition in 1996 Northwest Designs and Building was selected as the elite deck builder to create an entire backyard for the Marketing Department of Exterior Woods of Washougal Wa. Exterior woods is the manufacturer and distributor of pressure treated lumber and Outdoor Wood, Ipe and Alaskan Yellow Cedar. The project was used for the companies pamphlets, fliers, brochures and posters.

For the past dozen years Northwest Designs and Building has been committed to enhancing both the living in your home and increasing the value of it. Our goal is to create the finest looking deck you can imagine. We accomplish this through an unwavering commitment in our personal attention to design and detail and by using only the highest quality materials available. Your satisfaction is our highest priority.

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