Meet The Team

We are a full-service home-building crew with widely ranging skills and backgrounds, tailored to meet the complex needs of our clients and their homes; hopefully also having a little fun along the way.

Modern Heritage builders excel at the art of fine home building in New England, where new and old, antique and contemporary, and high-tech and old school intersect across structures, projects, and goals. Andrew Brewin, Ian Mentasti, and Steve Slade founded Modern Heritage in 2015, with decades of fine home building and design partnership experience between them. The firm was founded on the notion that the client experience could be elevated through the balance of a strong commitment to craftsmanship and efficient, forward-thinking processes and technology. Our in-house staff is composed of highly skilled project managers, carpenters, fine woodworkers, drafters, and design support specialists. Together with our best-in-trade partners across the industry, we deliver creative, comfortable, valuable solutions to every project.

In addition to our ability to work on all styles and scopes of residential construction, framing through fine finishes, we are also working every day to build trust and lasting relationships with our clients. Modern Heritage was created to bring back the art that skilled builders brought to the great homes and estates of New England’s past while operating as a forward-thinking, tech-savvy, 21st-century firm.

Leadership

Ian Mentasti

Co-Founder and Director of Design Development

Ian has extensive experience in blending the creative with the technical, a cornerstone of working with New England’s wide ranging architectural styles. For over 25 years he has relied on his extensive background in spatial planning from the Boston Architectural College —specializing in millwork and detailing—to offer design services and build project management for homeowners, architects, and designers. Ian’s award-winning work has been recognized in major design publications including Architectural Digest, New England Home, Design New England and more. Raised in Vermont and now bringing up his own family on the North Shore of Boston, Ian has a deep love for the rich natural and cultural heritage of New England living.

Andrew Brewin

Co-Founder and Director of Operations

Andrew’s background in music set the foundation for his understanding of how small details come together. While at the Berklee College of Music, Andrew spent summers working with a custom home builder in Marblehead and built boats on the side. During this time he developed his love for detailed craftsmanship and understanding of fine carpentry. After many successful years running his own cabinetry and millwork shop in California, Andrew returned home to New England with finely tuned carpentry skills and west-coast perspectives on the trade. Andrew spends much of his free time on the water, repairing his lobster boat or in the kitchen, cooking for family and friends who enjoy his skill with a saucepan.

Jamie Tello

Lead Carpenter

Jamie has been with Modern Heritage since 2016 and embodies the spirit of the firm, delivering old school quality craftsmanship with good communication and forward thinking project management. From tile work through all levels of carpentry, Jamie has worked his way through the residential build trades to end up with a holistic understanding of the design-build process. Originally from the South Shore of Boston, Jamie is well versed in classic coastal New England architecture, spending a large portion of youth sailing, surfing and otherwise enjoying seaside life on Cape Cod. Now a father of two and fixing up his own home in Weymouth, Jamie brings a personable and friendly approach to working with clients and partners alike.

Steven Slade

Director of Construction

Construction has always been a way of life for Steve; he started by mixing mortar for his father’s masonry business. The breadth of Steve’s 30 years of experience spans from building custom cabinets to supervising the remodel of a historic mansion for The Classic Group. As co-founder of Modern Heritage, Steve’s expertise in construction and carpentry pairs well with his hands-on, personable approach. When he is not coordinating with tradesmen, reviewing schedules with clients, or managing field crews, you will find Steve coping an intricate crown molding or fine tuning a new install. Steve’s love for the craft and dedication to his clients reflect the core principles of the MH team.

The Field

Jon Koopman

Site Supervisor

Rich Darling

Site Super/Project Lead

Matt Gavris

Lead Carpenter

Mike Cavic

Lead Carpenter/Cabinet Installer

Steve Garron

Lead Carpenter

Austin Hallisey

Carpenter

Charlie Lane

Apprentice Carpenter

The Office

Kelly Bushey

Project Manager/Design Development

Patrick Chabot

Millwork Designer

Grace Garrison

Marketing – Media

Fiona Selmes

Office Administration and Finance

The Shop

Jeff Cleveland

Shop Manager

Jeff Cleveland and this team of skilled cabinet makers have been making furniture-quality custom kitchens, built-ins and millwork since 2005. The shop, located in Scarborough, just south of Portland, Maine, includes an extensive array of the latest woodworking machinery and modern tools to aid in creating nothing but the best quality wood products for your home. Architects, designers and homeowners are continuously impressed with the versatility, creativity and quality of the products; all made locally and custom finished and installed for any style or location. Named “Best of Boston Home 2022” for architectural millwork, our woodworking products are the highlights in some of the finest homes across the Greater Boston, North Shore and New England regions.

What Our Clients Say

“It is unusual these days to work with people for four months and have it all go so smoothly. You made it all look so easy. Thank you for your beautiful work and flexible personalities. We wish you the very best.”

– Homeowner, Condo Renovation, 2019

“As you now know, we love our new condo. Thank You! It has been a real pleasure knowing — and working with — such nice, skillful, and responsive people as Modern Heritage are.”

– Homeowner, Major Renovation, 2019

“Modern Heritage is one of the best general contractors we’ve worked with.  Our collaboration on a solarium addition and renovation needed a team with a high understanding of construction and design.  They delivered a project of exceptional quality while staying on schedule and within budget.  This level of professionalism made for a very happy client.”

– Principal, Lightwell Design, 2021