Building Contractors and Designers

The Company

Don Young and Associates has been established for over 40 years. Based in the Pacific Northwest, our services include general contracting of new home construction, major renovations and minor remodeling of both residential and light commercial occupancies. Our mission is to help make the visions of our clients a reality. 

We do not work alone. Projects we work on are joint ventures, between owners, architects and engineers, as well as professional tradesmen and craftsmen. We strive to develop and maintain open communication with all parties involved. We share similar goals with other professionals and work to create a positive environment throughout the process. 

DYA is LEED certified and have pioneered the use of new technologies in home efficiency. We value opportunities to research and work with new sustainable materials and technologies.

The continued successes of our projects are the results of our extensive experience, good communication and commitment to quality, craftsmanship and service. We believe adherence to these primary axioms will ensure continued completion of quality projects that are beautiful, endure, and provide contentment for years to come.

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Don Young and Associates employs a core group of craftsmen who have made carpentry and finish work their careers.

Don Young

Don is the founder of DYA, principle project manager, and also is in charge of project budgeting and custom finish details. He has been a contractor/builder for over 40 years.

John McCutchen

The new President and Owner of DYA, John has been with the company since 1996, learning the trade along the way.  He has become a knowledgeable and respected leader not only within the company, but also among local industry peers and professionals: architects, designers, engineers, and subcontractors.  John knows what it takes to be a quality builder, and understands projects, regardless of scope, are detailed collaborations between owner, architect, and builder. John embraces the importance of communication, and brings years of experience working with tools and an experienced team, orchestrating successful projects, from beginning to end. John also holds a LEED certificate through the Green Building Initiative

John was born and raised in Oregon, and his partner Rhonda, would have been fifth generation Oregonian if it were not for her family’s hiatus to Hawaii at statehood. The team comes with a background working in family-owned businesses, so it makes sense their three sons have jumped into the trades, busy honing in on their own carpentry and business skills, as the company pivots to the future. Longtime residents of Portland, the family values the area’s architectural nods and fine craftsmanship, and recognizes the role of Portland’s design aesthetic within the Northwest landscape.

Rhonda E. L. McCutchen

Rhonda, new Co-Owner of DYA, brings years of internal leadership management skills to DYA from a quality management, project management, and code specialist point of view.  Formerly, Rhonda was Director of Operations for an in vitro diagnostics company, forecasting manufacturability changes, adaptations to quality management systems, and providing human resource services to a great team.  She spent years also consulting with small manufacturing companies within the Northwest, helping them establish efficient quality management systems, with a hyper focus on reflecting process throughout. She brings her eye and ear for detail, and her ability to think broadly through the process to all aspects of managing a business, or building up a dream. She actually enjoys the art of reading building codes, so it has been refreshing to have another member of the team roll up their sleeves and jump in.

Lynda McDowell

Working as the Office Manager for 7 years, Lynda efficiently performs all in house accounting and bookkeeping. She handles A/P, A/R, Payroll, reporting and invoicing for our clients.

Lynda brings her experience with Leasing, mortgage lending & escrow to her duties here at DYA. She provides great organization, follow through and a keen eye to detail and accuracy. Her energy, sense of humor and thoroughness continuously provides a stable and enjoyable office environment.

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Don Young is the principle estimator of project costs. DYA uses the Timberline Estimating and Job Costing System. Job cost spreadsheets are provided throughout the duration of the project to architects and owners for review. 

Project Management

DYA oversees all aspects of the construction project, from the foundation to the details. We direct sub-contractors and ensure that the project is proceeding satisfactorily for all parties involved.


DYA has extensive remodel and renovation experience. Our remodeling projects range from one-room renovations, to complete home transformations.

New Homes

DYA also builds new homes.

Commercial Constructions

DYA occasionally takes on light commercial development projects. DYA has worked on several commercial locations throughout our thirty three years, including Jopa Restaurant on Beaverton Hillsdale and US Bank on 168th. 

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