Trilogy has gone to the dogs! And that’s a compliment if you’ve got fur like I do. My name is Ruger, and I’m a VIP (Very Important Pup) here at Trilogy.

And today, my two-legged coworkers have finally come to their senses and turned the blog over to me. Sure, I’ve read their other blogs, and while I think it’s funny when they use fancy phrases like “Home of the True Quote”, I thought our readers might benefit from a different perspective about what goes on around here. Follow along with me for a day in the life of a doggo at the Trilogy offices!

Good Morning, Paradise! 

After being woken up by my alarm (the birds) just after sunrise, it’s time for breakfast—meat cereal, my favorite. Then we get in the truck and swing by a few jobsites to check in on the crews before we head to the office. I love to ride with the windows rolled down, sniffing the good sniffs of Paradise like pine trees and coffee trucks. But there’s no time to paws when we get there because it’s another busy day at Trilogy, and I’ve got a lot on my to-do list! First I’ve gotta process some orders from suppliers, then I need to connect with Joe from Lumber, who has my actual dream job of counting and moving big sticks. I take a quick break to greet the UPS guy, and then I get ready for our first client meeting. 

A Dog’s Eye View of True Quote

My new friends are a nice young couple who lost their residence in the 2018 Camp Fire and want to rebuild with a custom home. Our team always asks about their priorities and goals, how long they plan to live there, and what they think their dream home might look like. The lady said she’s having trouble finding inspiration for her kitchen. My coworker said they should try using HOWLS*, which makes perfect sense to me because howling always helps me feel better when I’m frustrated. 

(*Trilogy Human Editor’s note: Ruger misheard. We suggest our clients use Houzz to find inspiration for their home design, but we won’t mind if you need a good howl in the office, too.)

I love it when they talk about the next step, which is going to see the couple’s land. While our team is busy taking measurements and photographs, I can usually sneak away to chase the squirrels. Afterward, everyone starts discussing serious stuff like permits, septic, regulations, and other things, all of which are a little confusing to me. But that’s okay because my coworkers are good at explaining those sorts of things. The couple also seems confused, but my coworkers walk them through everything and reassure them Trilogy has been doing this since 1967 (that’s about 294 doggo years!) All those decades of experience working in the industry and their professional connections make the whole process a snap. 

It sounds like our clients are going to create custom home plans with a local architect, so once they have their final drawings we’ll all get back together to pick out finishes. When this is done, it’s True Quote time! The couple looks relieved when they hear it will provide them with a detailed explanation of the building costs with zero guesswork. They’ll even get a schedule so they know exactly what’s happening during construction. The meeting ends, and everyone’s happy; my coworkers get handshakes, and I get a well-deserved doggy snack from Rivera, my personal cookie jar.

Our Pawsome Palisades Homes

Our next meeting with a senior couple goes quickly because they’ve decided to build one of our Palisades Homes. Out of our three-floor plans, they chose the Sequoia. Easy peasy, like a chew-toy squeezy! It simplifies their decision-making process so they can spend less time picking out things and more time giving me belly rubs during their appointment. Then my coworkers showed them the mortgage calculator on our website and started talking numbers, so I took a little nap on my special office bed. 

At Trilogy, There’s No Place Like Home

When I wake up, my new friends are gone, but our team is still discussing the meetings and how they can help make the home-building process easier for these two couples. My coworkers do this a lot; I think it’s because they really care about their clients, and the community, too. In my furry opinion, it’s because Trilogy is a family business, and even though they’re a bunch of humans, they’ve got a pretty good philosophy of honesty and transparency. I’m glad to be a part of it!

Well, that’s all for today…time to go home and have some kibble.

‘Til next time,

Trilogy’s Good Boy, Ruger.

At Trilogy, we’ve constructed more than just houses over the fifty-plus years our family has been in business. We’ve built trust in the communities we’ve worked in and a reputation for reliability, quality, and trustworthiness. Your experience is top priority, and we’re always looking for ways to serve you better. This includes our commitment to our dedicated True Quote process.

Meet True Quote

More than anything, you deserve peace of mind during the home building process. And one of the key ways we do this is with our True Quote. While a True Quote certainly involves a budget for your house, it’s more than just numbers. It’s also a promise. You tell us exactly what you want from your home; we’ll listen to you and actively work to create a transparent, fulfilling home-building experience for you from start to finish. 

Benefits for you


You get this: We listen to what you can afford and provide a True Quote without any surprises. Even though costs are rising for building materials, we’ll be transparent about any changes along the way. Plus, If we can do the work at a lower price than estimated, we’ll credit or won’t bill refund you the difference. Any discounts we encounter are passed directly to you. And we guarantee quality construction, no matter your budget. 

Not this: Trilogy won’t surprise you with mystery upgrades or hidden fees, and we won’t make any changes without asking you first. 


Yes: You get regular communication from Trilogy via email, texts, phone calls, etc. during the entire construction process so you understand the status of your build. Our team is on site every day. You’ll have peace of mind knowing exactly what stage your home is in, and when it will be completed. 

Nope: Trilogy doesn’t put you on a waitlist. And we’ll never leave you high and dry halfway through a project. When we commit to you, we see it through. 


What you’ll find: Trilogy listens. We’ll build you a home matching your budget, lifestyle needs, and aesthetic preferences. And if you’re a “do it yourself” person who wants to involve yourself in the project in some way, we can make it happen. Ask us about how you can have hands-on participation in the home-building process! 

Want you won’t see: At Trilogy, there’s no such thing as a cookie-cutter house. You won’t find an impersonal one-size-fits all floorplan without design choices. Whether you’re building a custom home or select a Palisades Home, you deserve to live somewhere that feels like you. We’ll help you find your style and bring your vision of home to life. 

Find out more about True Quote

Are you thinking about building a custom or Palisades Home? You’ve come to the right place. Contact us by phone or email to learn more about the True Quote process. We look forward to helping make your home design dreams a reality!

If you’re in the market for building a home, choosing a contractor is one of the most important decisions you can make. At Trilogy, we believe the key to turning a house into a home is honesty and transparency. Since we’re in the construction business, one of the best things we can do is to help educate potential homeowners about the building process. Let’s take the mystery out of it! With this in mind, here are some of the top questions we’ve been asked as homebuilders. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What’s the maximum deposit on construction a contractor can require?

A: While the amount contractors ask can vary, in California they should not request more than 10% down of the base price or $1,000 — whichever is less.  

Q: How do you pick a reputable contractor?

A: First, make sure they are licensed. Ask to see their “pocket license” (a small plastic card version of their license) and ID, and make sure their trade matches the work you need to be done. You can go to to find out if their license is in good standing. If they have a website, check it for reviews. You can also ask the contractor for past client testimonials and to see a portfolio of their work. 

Q: Can the builder put you on a waitlist if permits come in late?

A: Yes. The permit process can be a long one and can experience delays. (Side note: Trilogy doesn’t do this! We currently don’t have a waiting list, and we don’t move you down the list if there are unavoidable delays. Each project is ready at different times, we start when everything lines up.)

Q: Can a home builder raise the price before the house is completed?

A: It’s important to read your contract carefully before signing. Many builders will include an allowance for unexpected costs. Make sure you understand and agree to those terms before you commit to the builder. Furthermore, when a builder uses a “unilateral contract,” they can find a way out of it and cancel. Luckily for our clients, Trilogy will always be transparent in our True Quote process. 

True Quote

Are you concerned about rising construction costs? Many potential homeowners debate whether or not to build a home due to fluctuating prices. But with Trilogy’s True Quote, you’ll know exactly how much your build will cost long before you break ground. We offer total transparency, so you can feel at ease. We think taking the guesswork out of the construction process helps offer our clients peace of mind.

Building a Higher Value

At Trilogy we focus on “Building a Higher Value.” This motto has been the core of our work since 1967, and we’ve incorporated it into every home we construct. It’s why we’re known as a premium option for building custom homes—and now Palisades Homes—in Butte County. Contact us today to find out more!

Happy Holidays, everyone! This time of year, it seems like one holiday follows another in rapid succession. First, Halloween kicked off the festive fun. And whether you celebrated Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving, we hope there were things to be thankful for. Luckily, the grand finale of saying goodbye to 2022 on New Year’s Eve is on the way. A new year will be a fresh start.

Even though it’s been a challenging couple of years, you only have to look to our strong community as the best reminder of resilience in facing adversity. So whether you are hitting the road, or staying close to home, we hope you will have moments of peace this season as the year draws to a close.

A Family Business Rooted in Tradition

We think the holidays are a good time to reflect on tradition and family. As a business, Trilogy has deep roots on the Ridge thanks to our family tree. It all began in 1967 with our founder, Mel Bolin. And his good work and commitment to quality have been passed down over the years and are carried on today by the current generation. This family-owned company has a long history of connecting our community members with homes in which to build their traditions.

Building Peace of Mind

Through care, personal relationships, and quality, we hope to bring peace into building clients’ homes. After 50 years in the business, we’ve seen it all and can pass on our knowledge to you. You’ll benefit from our experience and established relationships with our partners in the industry. These connections mean our homes are built with quality materials. And with our TrueQuote system, you’ll know exactly what your house will cost, with no surprises. At Trilogy, we value personal relationships, offering clear and consistent communication throughout the process. We’ll be by your side the whole time. 

Give Yourself the Gift of Home

Is a custom or semi-custom house on your New Year’s Resolutions or bucket list? This season, give yourself the gift of a home built by Trilogy. We can discuss your home-building goals for 2023, and help get you one step closer to your dream home. Contact Trilogy today to find out how.

One of the many things that sets Trilogy apart from other builders is our True Quote process. 

And what is a True Quote? (Hint: it’s not famous words of wisdom that you could find on a coffee mug.) 

It’s our special process that provides construction cost transparency. Trilogy will sit down with you, cover every detail, and figure out exactly how much your home will cost. And once we provide you with the final number, it’s the one we stick to, guaranteed. The goal of this process is to help you get what you want at a price you can afford, with no surprises. 

What is the process?

The process begins with a set of drawings from your architect. Once you have those, you can select interior finishes for your new home. Then subcontractors will evaluate it, and offer bids to complete the build. Trilogy will be able to create an estimate of materials, labor, and fees, and then assemble costs for all of it. Then we’ll sit down with you and discuss it and make final budget adjustments. Trilogy has a mortgage calculator which can help you estimate your payments, too. 

How is the True Quote finalized? 

After building your project on paper, Trilogy will provide you with a Final True Quote. This is a detailed explanation of costs, even including the contractor’s fee. This should help take all the mystery out of the fees. 

The only surprises will be good ones. For example, if we can save you money on building supplies or finishes, we will pass the savings back to you. Any saved costs during the construction process will be deducted from your final bill. 

Trilogy wants to help you build a home you love at a price which fits your budget. Contact us today to find out how our True Quote process can do this!