Homes are more than square footage and paint colors. Your home should be your place of respite, a space that brings you joy and comfort. It’s not only the place you eat and sleep, and it certainly shouldn’t be a place that causes you stress or grief. Home is the place you rest, recharge, reflect, and find inspiration. We believe your home should be designed to support you.
At Bigfoot NW we take pride in making your home a space you enjoy living in. We also take pride in our reputation as a committed, trustworthy, and approachable team based in Portland, Oregon. We thrive where creativity and craftsmanship meet form and function. We’re in the business of working for and with our clients, and we genuinely enjoy building mutual trust and providing you with the best possible end product.
Being a successful contractor requires strong relationships with various service providers throughout the timeline of a project. Leaning on experience and longevity, Bigfoot NW draws on proven relationships with the best local professionals to ensure your project is always in great hands. Our processes guarantee efficient scheduling, attention to the many details, and from start to finish, unparalleled project completion.
Meet Our Team
Austin spent years preparing to start Bigfoot NW, with experience across three states and on countless homes. From a coastal dream home to high-end mountain vacation residences, and from new construction family homes to top-notch residential flips, he truly understands the world of residential construction.
He began his career early, mentoring under local general contractors in the Seattle area, learning the foundational skills and tenets of craftsmanship. During this time he had exposure to and responsibility for nearly every trade, understanding every aspect of what it takes to build a home.
Later at Montana State University, he honed his design skills and exterior construction expertise in the Landscape Design department, ultimately earning a Bachelor of Science degree. Austin remained in the area post-graduation to work as a lead carpenter for a development group building custom homes in one of the most renowned vacation-home communities in the region.
Eventually returning to his Pacific Northwest roots, he set his sights on starting anew in Portland. As a lead carpenter for a prominent residential remodeling company, his true goal of starting his own top-tier construction company became a priority. Reconnecting with Adam Riffle, the two combined their passions for creating spaces people enjoy and began Bigfoot NW Construction.
Dreams of being a small business owner have always been in the back of Ethan’s mind. Throughout his childhood, he watched his father run a successful home inspection business, and saw his mother flourish in the landscaping industry. Hard work and self-reliance are values instilled to Ethan by his parents, and are principles he carries with him to this day.
After graduating from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Ethan moved to Seattle. He quickly learned that the 9 to 5 office environment was not the right match for him, and soon after discovered carpentry where he was able to channel his creative energy and passion for building beautiful things. Working alongside his mentor and boss, a master carpenter, Ethan spent half a decade learning the art of high-end finish carpentry. Thrown into a fast paced environment, he excelled and quickly evolved his skills working on many exquisite, luxury homes. He’s gained a wide breadth of experience and has worked on projects that truly run the gamut; ranging from custom staircases to unique, tailor-made wine cellars.
Ethan’s dream of becoming a small business owner came to fruition after moving to Portland and joining forces with Adam, a childhood and lifelong best friend. Ethan brings a keen eye for detail, and a compassionate and understanding approach to all client relationships and the Bigfoot team.
Raised on the traditions of hard work and integrity, Adam spent his formative years apprenticing with his father – one of his many mentors who fueled and supported his passion for building. As soon as he could hold a hammer, he loved spending time helping his father, learning from a very early age the essence of quality, ethics, and doing things right.
Now with decades of experience under his belt, Adam is an expert in construction management. Although native to the Northwest, Adam’s work has taken him to many remote places across the western US and New Zealand, building and managing everything from ski lifts to high quality homes to ecological habitat restoration projects.
In 2015 he moved to Portland, joined forces with Austin Chapin, and brought Bigfoot NW Construction to life with the vision to bring value and creative design to the Northwest Homeowner. Adam takes pride in sensitively integrating homeowner ideas and aspirations with creative and strategic solutions.
When Adam is not on a job site or pouring over spreadsheets, he spends as much time as possible outside hiking, skiing and enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Our Core Values
We love to brainstorm, customize, and implement creative solutions tailored to your individual needs.
When faced with challenging decisions as a business, we rely on our ethics as people, never compromising the trust we’ve earned with our clients.
We promise to prioritize the nuances of your project, honoring the unique and personal requirements of your spaces.
“I couldn’t have been happier with Bigfoot NW Construction. The quality of their work and their professionalism and customer service were extraordinary.”
Jon Ostar • Home Owner
“I was 100% pleased with the attention to detail, follow up, and end-result. This job required a very high end sophisticated end-result; the team at BigFoot delivered beyond my expectations!”
Chris Johnson • Home Owner
“Amazing people. We really enjoyed our experienced. Great communicators, good ideas, and terrific work. Would definitely hire them again.”
SW Portland Kitchen
“These guys do phenomenal work and they’re genuinely good people, in stark contrast to so many contractors. I had a vague idea of what I wanted, and these guys helped hone it into something better than I could have imagined and built it with the skill of fine carpenters. This place is home now.”
Hood River House
Working with vendors and sub-contractors on all of our projects, we choose to align ourselves with those that hold our same level of professionalism.