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.
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.
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.
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 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