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Builders with a design addiction

What happens when engineering, craftsmanship, and an incisive eye for detail collide? Meticulously designed spaces that leave no detail unnoticed. At BUILDWELL, we’re more than just builders. Our unique background - ranging from custom fabrication studios to residential and even civil construction - means there’s no design challenge that makes us flinch. And our finesse with particulars permeates every part of our work, from spreadsheets and budgets to the textures and finishes. We thrive on the creative collaboration between the design team, client, and our team which we believe is essential for a successful project.  Our inherent curiosity as engineers and craftspeople coupled with our capability to fabricate custom elements makes us an invaluable asset in creating unique residential and commercial spaces.

Ryan Wither, Owner & Founder

Ryan was born and raised in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. From his mother, an accountant, he got his logical and linear side. And from his artistic father, he got his illogical and irreverent side. A young Ryan found himself somewhere in middle, and began studying Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A few years after receiving his BS in engineering, he enrolled in the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he immersed himself in furniture, industrial design, and his growing obsession with shaping how people interact with design. He even dabbled in the fashion world, designing bent laminated clutches, jewelry and other men's and women's accessories sold in high end retailers. After earning his MFA, Ryan returned to San Diego where he worked for a custom furniture and architecture fabrication shop specializing in high end residential and commercials spaces. Eventually Ryan landed back in Colorado where found his niche in custom home building and BUILDWELL was born.


"We worked with Ryan on a challenging mid-century remodel in Boulder, CO.  His attitude and attention to the concerns / preferences of his client were exemplary.  However, where I think Buildwell sets themselves apart from other general contractors is their appreciation and skill-set for design.  Ryan has an ability to switch back and forth between thinking like a designer and thinking like a contractor--a skill that makes his service quite valuable.  I recommend Buildwell, generally but also especially for the hands-on, design-savvy homeowner or developer." HMH Architecture + Interiors


"Ryan and his team at Buildwell have been absolutely wonderful. We're 6 months in to an 8 month whole house remodel and addition with them and couldn't be happier. Ryan is organized, professional, has a lot of integrity and we genuinely love working with him. His subs are great as well and very trustworthy. I would, without hesitation, highly recommend him to anyone. We are so glad we went with Buildwell and are incredibly pleased with how smoothly everything has gone."  Simon Sparks, Client


"I can't say enough about how much I enjoy working on Design Build projects with Ryan. He knows how to put things together like you need a General Contractor to, but does so with the thoughtful eye of a designer. Outside the box, elegant solutions come naturally to him, yet he never loses sight of durability and value of a solution either."  Sage Case, Designer


"bldg.collective architecture + design has had the pleasure of working with Buildwell on a challenging whole house remodel and addition project in Boulder. Ryan is a true professional with skills that go above and beyond the norm for general contractors. He has a keen design eye and is a skilled fabricator of exquisitely crafted custom details. Ryan understands the big picture and overall creative vision for a project, as well possessing an appreciation for the details that can bring this vision to life. Working with Buildwell is an opportunity to show clients what is possible when a collaborative team approach is applied to a project by professionals that understand the importance of clear communication, honesty, and integrity.  We look forward to the next opportunity to collaborate with Buildwell. Not only is it an enjoyable process, but their work transforms our designs into built projects that are truly exceptional."  bldg.collective architecture + design 


"I highly recommend Buildwell and could not be happier with our remodeled mid century home in Boulder, CO. Ryan's craftsmanship, design background and business sense made for a project that was beautifully designed and highly collaborative. Ryan seemed to be ahead of the challenges of working with our 1960s home - a project that needed care and a thoughtful revisioning of the mid century design that both respects the past while bringing in the best of modern, contemporary design. Ryan worked very closely and collaboratively with our architect, HMH Architecture, to create a more open and modern space while enhancing the mid century features of the house including opening up closed rooms to a more light-filled and open layout, refinishing the original woodwork and enhancing the relationship between the inner and outdoor spaces. Ryan was attentive to the design details every step of the way and helped us create a beautiful home that reflects the spirit of our family. Ryan has a particular gift for gathering craftsmen who share his attention to detail and quality and they all seem to enjoy working together to create quality work without excessive cost. Many thanks to Ryan and his team for a beautifully renewed and inspired space!"  Wael Garas, Client  


"Buildwell’s talents definitely go beyond building. They attended to every single detail of our house remodel with a great understanding of design elements, materials, and fabrication. They did an outstanding job staying on schedule and on budget, without ever compromising the quality of construction. The results far exceeded our already high expectations. We could not be happier with the outcome and would not hesitate to work with, or recommend, Buildwell again."  Isabella Nunez, Client