Established in 2010, New Leaf Builders represents the partnership of Grant Zinkon and Adam Baslow. Our team has now grown to thirteen as we steadily add to our talents and enthusiasm.

there’s no place like home

New Leaf knows the importance of a handshake and values our reputation for quality construction within our community. We take a hands-on approach to each project, completing them with thoroughness while employing environmentally responsible building techniques. From the moment the foundation is poured to the time the keys are handed over to the new owner, New Leaf is active, present, and attentive.

 

Staying at the forefront of the new construction industry requires superb building materials from sound sources. It requires an understanding of homebuilding trends as well as an innovative approach to reading where the market is heading next. Charleston has always been a source of inspiration and the Lowcountry continues to serve as a tastemaker. The abundance of rich material sources and expertise in our area enables us to stay dynamic. New Leaf works with an expansive list of local talent that is hand-selected for your particular home’s needs.

Our Team

Adam Baslow

Co-Founder

Vero Beach, Florida Native Adam came to the Lowcountry after graduating from Furman University with a double major in business and Spanish. When he moved to Charleston, a family friend suggested he look into real estate as a profession, since it had become a cherished personal avocation of the young graduate. Adam, still a licensed realtor today, joined with Special Properties, Inc., a brokerage firm that focused primarily on selling land and developing choice area real estate in the Lowcountry.

Grant Zinkon

Co-Founder
Grant, a Charleston native who spent the summers working in construction, earned his business degree from the Citadel and upon graduation worked in lumber sales for Buck Lumber honing his skills in buying and selling building materials. After a few years, he was called to his passion—building—when Centex Homes hired him. For three years, he acted as a project superintendent and was assigned to specialty undertakings from installing pools to building neighborhood entry monuments.

Alan Degen

Operations Manager
Alan joined the New Leaf team in June 2012. Growing up in Northwest Ohio, construction was the family business; summers were spent working residential projects with his Grandfather, Father, and Uncle. Upon receiving a Construction Management degree from The Ohio State University, he pursued a management position with a roofing and siding company in Myrtle Beach, SC. After transferring to Charleston, he decided to take up his true passion of home building with New Leaf Builders. Alan currently serves as the Operations Manager, overseeing all aspects of the home building process.

Julia Phipps

Office Manager
Office Manager Julia Phipps grew up in a tiny town in North Carolina.  While attending the College of Charleston, she fell in love with the city.  With a technical theatre degree and a passion for lighting design, she started out building and painting sets.  She has enjoyed transitioning her focus to permanent houses.  When she isn’t at the office, Julia enjoys spoiling her rescue dog and cat, video gaming and having lively debates about comic books.

Chris Dudleck

Project Manager

Chris is an Appalachian State graduate who found a passion for construction from a young age.  When he was fifteen his father, who was a construction manager, recruited him to a grading crew.  Chris has ten years of experience as a project manager across three different states.  He has more than 200 homes under his belt from basement homes in Virginia to drive under homes here in Charleston.  Chris is a Leed AP which is the highest green building certification that can be achieved.  He joined the team in 2014 and builds every home as if it were his own.  When not on the jobsite, Chris enjoys spending time on the water, playing golf or running his dog on the beach.

Will Flynn

Project Manager
Will Flynn joined the New Leaf team in the summer of 2015.  He graduated from Clemson University with a Degree in Business Management.  During college, he spent summers interning with a national home builder and was immediately hooked.  Upon graduation, Will moved from the Upstate to Charleston to work for David Weekley Homes. As a project manager, Will has spent 11 years building homes in the Lowcountry and most recently managed their build on your lot program.

Mark Watson

Project Manager

Raised in Mt. Pleasant, Mark graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Business Management. He spent is summers working in construction, as well as an internship with a national home builder. After graduating he took a job as a superintendent in Charlotte with a national home builder. He returned to the Lowcountry in 2007 where he has continued his passion for building homes. Mark joined the team in 2019 and is excited to be with New Leaf Builders.

Rob McDaniel

Project Manager

Rob began his residential construction career in 1995 after four years of service in the United States Navy. In 2000 he and his family moved back to Charleston where he furthered his career with historic preservation, working on homes in Downtown Charleston. He acquired his South Carolina Builders license in 2004 and started building custom homes. Rob thoroughly enjoys making a home owner’s dream come to fruition, considering a home to be one of the biggest investments a person can make. There is nothing more rewarding than completing a home with a satisfied homeowner.

Rene Stanley

Accounting Manager
Rene Stanley, New Leaf’s Accountant, is a Charleston native.  Rene raised her family in Raleigh, then came home to the Lowcountry in 2010.  Her job upon her return happened to be in the same office as a small startup company; New Leaf!  In fact, she sat then at the same desk she occupies now.  In 2014, she accepted their offer to join the quickly blossoming company and says “you can’t beat the people.  I’ve never regretted it for a second.”  Rene now lives in Hanahan with her husband and rescue pup. When not managing New Leaf’s financials, Rene enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren, Kipton, Kinsley, Sebastian, and Harper.

Lucy McAfee

Design Consultant
Lucy grew up in Ohio and Florida. She and her family moved to the Charleston area after living in Atlanta and abroad. Lucy started pursuing her longtime passion for interior design when she and her husband bought and flipped several houses after arriving in Charleston. During this time, Lucy was able to hone her eye for design and enhance her creative sensibilities.  Lucy describes her personal style as classic and understated, yet always personal and comfortable.  She is inspired by Charleston’s architecture, beaches, nature, and history as well as her own travels. Lucy joined the New Leaf team as a Design Consultant in 2018.

Travis Zobel

Estimator

A Charleston native, Travis graduated from the Citadel with a degree in Business Administration. He worked 4 years for Buck Lumber as an inside sales coordinator before getting the opportunity to move up into an outside sales position. To further his experience in the construction industry, Travis took an estimating position at Southern Lumber and Millwork, where he spent 5 years developing and fine tuning his skills in residential and semi-commercial estimating. Travis joined New Leaf Builders in early September of 2013 as their Estimator.

Shelley Tucker

Accounts Payable

Shelley Tucker is a proud Charleston native. She graduated from Strayer University with an Accounting degree.  She started out with a CPA firm and has used the skills she learned to work in various areas of accounting.  In her downtime, she works beside her husband in ministry, and loves spending time with her children, granddaughter, and two dogs, Gracie and Sadie

Sam Velasquez

Asst. Project Manager
Sam grew up in Windham, New Hampshire, a small town by the border of Massachusetts. He and his wife moved to Charleston in 2017 for a fresh start in a city that they had fallen in love with during college. Sam joined new Leaf in January of 2019 and he is excited make a positive difference in his community. His hobbies include writing, learning new things, and relaxing with his wife and four dogs.

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