About Us

Mark and Leslie Wharton, owners of River's Ridge Construction, pride themselves in having contented customers. Their expertise is in building structures that exceed building standards, and that are creative and individual in style.

Mark and Leslie's interest in installing solar systems started after designing and building their own solar home.

Relocated from Colorado in 2012, River's Ridge Construction is now based in Bellingham, Washington.

Colorado Mountain Solar Array

» Residential Solar

River's Ridge Construction is experienced in installation and design of residential PV solar energy systems, wind turbines, and passive solar design.

We are authorized dealers for alternative energy products and build with environmentally conscious green building practices.


Passive Solar Design with Pine Wood Floor

» Home Remodeling

As a licensed general contractor we can work with you to build most any project you can imagine.

Kitchen and bathroom remodeling and basements finishes are common home improvement projects.

We install hardwood, bamboo and local pine flooring. We also install tile counters and floors, and build custom furniture.

Spiral Stair and Welded Deck Rail

» Home Construction

River's Ridge Construction is experienced in whole house residential construction.

Our exterior projects range from building foundations, whole house framing, decks, siding, retaining walls, shade arbors, patios, stairs and window and door installation.

Utilization of green techniques and eco-friendly materials have included passive solar designs, strawbale construction and local material sourcing.

White Crackle Raku Vase

» Fire Earth Works Studio

Over the years Mark continues to find inspiration for his work through teaching, participating in art shows, and meeting other artists. With the move in 2012 from Colorado to Washington, he is excited about using new local materials and the influence that will have on his art.

At Fire Earth Works Studio, Mark creates in many fields, making functional work such as furniture, gates, and pottery, or sculptural and raku art pieces. Metal, wood, glass and clay are often combined. Custom orders are welcomed.