The Upright Team

Upright Homes & Landscapes is a diverse, talented team of carpenters, craftsmen and landscape professionals. We build each home and garden with pride, integrity and sincere care, maintaining quality in every detail.

With our building work, we have a comprehensive understanding of all facets of construction. We are able to carefully guide the project from start to finish. Our landscape design team provides the same diligence and attention to detail to each of their projects. 

Brian and the entire Upright crew have always been a true pleasure to work with. We’ve used them on multiple projects over the years that have ranged from days to several weeks. They always treated our family and home with the utmost respect, and made living in a construction project as pleasant as possible. We consider them friends, trust them explicitly, and will always contact them first when in need of work at our home.

Jiwan & Suki Hayre, Lake Forest Park, WA

Upright Lake Forest Park
The Upright Leaders

Brian Highberger, President

My love of the camaraderie of team sports, a persistent curiosity about how homes are constructed, and an inexplicable need for constant physical exertion led to the creation of Upright Construction. I grew up in Lake Forest Park and still choose to make this community my home. My lifelong zeal for the Pacific Northwest shows in the craftsmanship of every completed project.

Colette Highberger, Landscape

With an eye for landscape as artwork, I have spent years studying landscape design and the plants and gardens of the Pacific Northwest. Like Brian, I also have an innate need to keep moving all day long. Working in gardens is both a deeply entrenched love and a good way to be physically connected to the earth. I enjoy matching each outdoor space to the world around it and to each client’s unique vision. I feel lucky to have made my passion my life’s work. 

Colette is masterful at designing a garden that’s interesting and extremely pleasing to the eye; her unique creativity becomes evident in the layout, use of plant material, and/or the addition of other features, such as rocks, ceramic pots or tree stumps. She can also create a spectacular new garden by rearranging existing plant material, with perhaps a few new additions.  It’s a pure joy to watch her gardens develop and unfold! Colette and her team are always easy to work with, very knowledgeable, and accommodating of your ideas or desires.

Marianne Kitchell