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Not Just a Job

A passion brings more than 30 years of building and remodeling experience to Pierce County

By Jillian Chandler

Photo by Dave Spencer Photography

More than 30 years ago—November 9, 1990, to be exact—Robert “Chris” Wise would turn his passion into what would become his lifelong career. The owner and founder of RCW Construction LLC, Chris uses his skill, knowledge and passion during each home building or remodeling project he pursues.

“It’s a passion, not a job,” Chris shares. “It’s who I am, not what I do.”

Growing up, Chris looked up to—and admired—his father and grandfather, who were both general contractors in the family. Seeing their enthusiasm and dedication to a job well done, Chris was drawn to the field of construction, and he started his career working for his dad at 12 years old.

Chris recalls that his mother had a different career path in mind for her son, coming up with ways to dissuade him. But many years later, she would be the one to inspire her son to quit his job in construction and get his contractor’s license—as she had seen some of the work he had done and wanted him to build her new home. “I think she thought that she had a lifetime warranty on the house if I built it,” Chris laughs.

Years later, Chris would build his own family home. When his father came to visit, Chris observed his father walking around the space, very quiet, examining every detail of the home. While at the dinner table that night, he told his son, “You built your family a perfect home. I can’t find a flaw inside or out, not anywhere. You are such a better contractor than I ever was!”

Building beautiful homes and remodeling stunning spaces, the design and build general contractor, based in Gig Harbor, serves Pierce and Kitsap counties.

“What makes my business unique is that I have been in this business for more than 30 years—all right here in Gig Harbor,” Chris says proudly. “Gig Harbor is a great place to live and have a business.”

The reputable custom home builder and licensed general contractor offers comprehensive home remodeling services, and Chris and the team at RCW are well-versed in everything from custom home builds, kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels and whole house remodels, to man caves and more.

As a proud member of esteemed industry organizations to include the National Association of Home Builders, the Master Builders Association of Pierce County, and the Building Industry Association of Washington, you can trust the professionals of RCW Construction to get the job done in the most organized, professional and cost-efficient way. Their expertise, experience and confidence allow them to complete remodeling projects of any size successfully. A company with attention to detail and commitment to quality and a focus on 100 percent customer satisfaction, they are committed to delivering home remodeling projects on time and within budget—you will not endure any costly surprises.

When it comes to where Chris finds fulfillment in the work he does, it is the relationships that are developed with vendors and clients, and the beautiful jobs that they do. “It’s a real team effort,” he affirms.

Earlier this year, RCW Construction was honored by being chosen as one of the 10 Best General Contractors in the Tacoma area by General Contractors Magazine, which celebrates the best in residential and commercial construction.

For a recent RCW project, Kristie Ladd of Kristie Ladd Designs, an interior design firm in Gig Harbor, was hired to provide her expertise in realizing the client’s vision. “As a designer, rather than imposing my style on others, I can bring their style to fruition,” she says. “I love seeing the smiles on my clients’ faces when their vision comes to life! It starts with a 3D animation, and then it happens again as the project’s complete. I have had clients tell me that after their remodel they finally have a space that they are proud of!”

Need a custom home builder? Want a general contractor for a home remodeling project? If you are looking to create the home of your dreams from the ground up or by updating your current space, RCW Construction ensures satisfying results with their quality craftsmanship that passes the test of time. Chris invites you to give him a call today. And if you are in need of an interior designer to customize your living space, Kristie is ready to help marry the clients’ tastes with current design trends and functionality.

RCW Construction LLC

3106 80th Avenue Court NW

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335


Kristie Ladd Designs LLC


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