Cornerstone’s president, Allen, is a licensed contractor, NARI Certified Remodeler, Certified Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeler, Cornerstone’s lead designer and a licensed electrician.
“The drive to build and remodel homes began as a child where I grew up around the remodeling industry. At a young age, I became an apprentice and specialized in kitchen and bathroom remodeling and complete home renovations. This developed into a passion that followed me into my adult years. Soon after completing college, I decided to expand my expertise and began a five-year apprenticeship with Local 48 IBEW.
After becoming a licensed journeyman electrician, I redirected myself back towards building and remodeling homes. It was in May of 2003 that I founded Cornerstone Builders. Being a builder is more than a profession; it is a calling. There are a lot of behind the scene hours that go into a job from start to finish. The construction period often requires some adaptation from our clients while they go through the transformation process. We have a direct effect on people’s lives and their homes. There is a lot of pride and joy that comes from seeing the end results and the excitement from our clients!”
Allen served on the Board of Directors and Project Committee for ReFIT for five years. ReFIT provides no-cost home modifications for physically challenged people. Cornerstone has also donated labor and materials, completed a wheelchair ramp, and supported many other projects for ReFIT clients. Allen also served on the NARI Pacific Northwest Board of Directors from 2011 to 2018 and was the board secretary for five years.
Allen enjoys spending quality time with his wife and their three active children. He is a gym devotee and dedicates time towards maintaining his health. Being from Oregon, he loves spending time in the mountains and is drawn to outdoor activities.
Cornerstone’s design assistant, Bre, adds an extra level of professionalism, organization, and support to the team. Working side by side with Allen, she stays busy both in the office and out on job sites.
A native to the Pacific Northwest, Bre loves the outdoors. Camping, hiking, and kayaking are just few of the adventures she loves sharing with her husband and her two energetic children. She is also an avid Orangetheory Fitness enthusiast!
Cornerstone’s draftsman, Chris, has been with the company since its inception in 2003. Most days he’s out in the field engaged in and managing Cornerstone’s projects. Chris excels at drawing detailed construction documents used in the creation of clients’ visions. He has taken the time to complete several classes and trainings from Lead Based Paint certification to drafting.
Before joining the Cornerstone team, Chris was employed as a heavy equipment operator in the Air Force where he built runways in Kuwait. After Chris returned to the U.S. and completed his military service, he specialized in concrete construction in California. He has worked for local commercial and residential contractors for many years, growing his expertise in all aspects of construction from foundations to finish work.
Chris and his wife have a son as well as a spirited golden retriever. One of Chris’s passions is backpacking. He not only loves the outdoors, but also dedicates time to his Jiu-Jitsu practice.
Cornerstone’s carpenter, Rodney, joined the team in 2014. Rodney has a drive for production and attention to detail which is why he shines in finish carpentry.
Rodney is married and is the proud owner of two fun dogs. He moved to Oregon from Idaho in 2006. He has a love for the outdoors and enjoys most all Pacific Northwest activities including fishing, hiking, and camping. In addition, Rodney has achieved a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu.
Cornerstone’s carpenter, Zoe, began working for the company in 2016. He finds framing to be the most enjoyable aspect of his profession and loves seeing the transformation of buildings from the ground up. He was drawn to the construction industry due to his innate ability to work with his hands.
Zoe is Hungarian and moved to Oregon from Romania at the young age of four. In his spare time, he enjoys his family or does one of his many favorite activities: backpacking, hiking, fishing, snowboarding, and rock climbing!
Cornerstone’s carpenter, Ian, became part of the team in 2018. He has found an appeal towards finish carpentry. All in all, he loves working with the great group at Cornerstone and just simply building!
In 2007, Ian moved to Oregon from Hawaii. Not only can be found hanging out with his girlfriend and two cats, but he also loves to be outside. One of his favorite pursuits is snowboarding.
Cornerstone’s bookkeeper, Kirsten, has been working behind the scenes since 2004. She assists with administration responsibilities and keeps the financial side of the company organized.
She is a native Oregonian and earned a B.S. from Portland State University in 2002. Years later she continued her studies in Amma Therapy where she gained a passion for Chinese medicine. Kirsten is married and has three children who keep her on the go. She enjoys going to the gym, reading, working in the yard, traveling, and spending time outdoors.