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.
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.
Operations Coordinator 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. Julia fills many roles at New Leaf Builders, so if you have any questions she is always the best place to start!
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.
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.
Custom Home Coordinator
Kendall Cordina was born and raised on Lookout Mountain, TN, just outside of Chattanooga. After graduating from Appalachian State University, Kendall spent almost a decade living in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she ran her own property management business and did a lot of sailing. After moving to Charleston in 2006, Kendall worked at her children’s school as the Director of Finance and Operations for 10 years. In 2016, Kendall transitioned to the residential construction world when she joined her husband, a contractor, in growing his remodeling and HVAC business. While remodeling homes, Kendall was able to cultivate her passion for residential design while also getting hands-on experience in many aspects of construction. Kendall joined the New Leaf team in 2019, and loves having the opportunity to combine her financial, operational, design, and construction experience to bring an extra level of service to New Leaf’s custom home projects.
In his free time, Brandon enjoys training and competing in athletic running events where he is consistently awarded top tier in age group or overall competition.
Assistant Project Manager
Matthew Paiva grew up in a one traffic light town in the smallest state in America, Rhode Island. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia, where he earned BAs in Finance and Real Estate. After spending time in corporate financial real estate, he needed a change, so he enlisted in the Navy. He served as a Sonar Technician for 9 years and had the honor of serving as his ship’s primary rescue swimmer.
After the birth of his son, Noah, Matthew decided to go back to civilian life in order to spend more time with his family. He earned a degree from The Citadel in Project Management and has begun working on his MBA. Matthew is excited to bring his proactive, positive, and team-oriented spirit to the New Leaf crew.
With nearly 20 years experience in residential real estate, Ali is a true professional and deeply values the trust of her clients and colleagues. She received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina (GO Gamecocks!). Ali holds many honors and awards as a top producing agent in both Georgia and South Carolina, but it is her dedication to delivering the highest level of service and care to her buyers that really sets her apart. In her spare time, you can find Ali cooking with her family and playing with their sweet and energetic Labrador Retriever rescue, Honey.
Glen started his real estate career in 2001 focussed on new construction in Summerville, SC. He has been a top selling agent for Carolina One Real Estate New Homes Division. For the past 5 years he has been involved with new construction sales in the Nexton community. His passion has consistently been finding the best fit new home for all buyers.