Our Team

Our Team

Welcome to our company, I am pleased to introduce you to our team! I believe we offer an unrivaled personal touch to the building of your custom home, and as such we think it is important that you meet our team as they are largely responsible for the translation of your vision and dream into a real home.

In 2003 I started Shirecrest Homes Inc. with a vision of providing clients with a full scope and versatile custom home building experience in Southern Ontario. Through my many years spent learning about the new home building industry as a framing professional; I discovered there was a demand for exceptionally well-built homes. I also realized that these homes had to meet the needs of each unique home purchaser, meeting those individual needs is the essential ingredient of a house becoming a “HOME”. Once we achieve that goal, it becomes the place where the fond memories and stories of the future can occur.

Experience has taught us that the key to a great build is communication. This begins with you communicating your vision, dreams, and desires and will carry through to our design and building teams. We take great pride in our work and strive to exceed customer’s expectations as well as the standard of today’s building practices. Through the use of superior materials and a distinguished team of professionals dedicated to excellence, we are known best for our consistent quality and innovative interior planning.

I invite you to meet with myself and our design team and discover for yourself what truly sets Shirecrest Homes apart from other home builders. We look forward to learning how we can help you turn your vision into a home that you can be truly proud of.

Sincerely,

Ken Sommer
President, Shirecrest Homes Inc.

Each team member lends their
expertise to every project

 
Ken Sommer  

Ken Sommer

President & Project Manager

Henk Sommer  

Henk Sommer

Finish Carpenter

Blair McGuffin  

Blair McGuffin

Site Supervisor,
Health & Safety Coordinator

Susan Anton  

Susan Anton

Secretary/Treasurer

Cortney Doherty  

Cortney Doherty

Interior Design & Sales

Ben Lauzon  

Ben Lauzon

General Carpenter

Johan Gorter  

Johan Gorter

Excavator Operator

Michael Traks  

Michael Traks

General Carpenter Apprentice

Ken Sommer

Ken Sommer

President & Project Manager

Ken has spent the past 20+ years in the new home building industry. He acquired the skills of his trade from a long lineage of family members who have spent the majority of their lives dedicated to hand crafting well built homes. Ken began his career as a framer, working alongside his father and brother on many different types of residential and commercial projects throughout Southwestern Ontario. At a young age, Ken discovered his passion for homes that illustrated strong building science methods along with innovative designs; which inspired his creation of Shirecrest Homes Inc. in 2004.

A motivated entrepreneur, Ken has spent more than a decade committed to learning and refining his knowledge and skills of superior residential design and construction methods in order to successfully deliver a home, centered on form, function as well as environmental responsibility. Ken is committed to minimizing the carbon footprint of each and every home he builds, setting our homeowners up for a healthy, long life spent in the home of their dreams.

Ken is most well-known for his devotion to his clients, providing them with his meticulous attention to detail and continuous involvement in each stage of the project. His trusting and caring nature provides a very thoughtful process with your requirements in mind, beginning with the preliminary phase of your home’s design, carrying through long after your closing day.

His mission to remain current in this industry truly sets him apart. Ken is always searching for the best technologies and building techniques to adopt in order to provide all homeowners with top of the line methodology, systems and products in order to consistently raise the bar and deliver exquisite quality and craftsmanship; for the best value.

“We invite you to find out more about Shirecrest Homes while allowing us the opportunity to share your vision.”

Henk Sommer

Henk Sommer

Finish Carpenter

Henk is a true Craftsman. He shares his extensive knowledge of finish carpentry with our team and is responsible for the wood working details in each and every home. Henk is involved in many facets of the carpentry design process, from handcrafting full hardwood staircases and handrails, to our signature timber beam construction as well as deck design.

Henk brings his very impressive and well rounded 55 year career history in the home building industry to our Shirecrest team. He is a true professional and is experienced at every stage of the build process such as foundation forming, framing & roof construction; to name a few. Henk is an entrepreneur at heart and has led many construction teams over the course of his profession and is now dedicated to providing exceptionally, well crafted homes to our very distinguished clients.

He is passionate about fully satisfying our homeowners at the end of the build process through the use of his careful attention to detail and time management skills.

Henk feels that each home is unique, beautiful, and is finished to perfection.

“I recommend my son, Ken, for his honesty and full commitment to each project to please the customer. I absolutely like working for Shirecrest and pray that I will have health to do so for some time to come.”

Blair McGuffin

Blair McGuffin

Site Supervisor,
Health & Safety Coordinator

Blair is one of our senior carpenters and holds a Carpenter’s Red Seal. His role is to ensure Shirecrest Homes Inc. standards are being met. Blair also ensures all persons working on each job site are preforming their role within the safety guidelines.

Blair brings to us us twelve years of experience in a number of different trades from general contracting to renovations and restorations. Blair has earned a diploma in Robotics Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Blair has observed how Shirecrest Homes Inc. requires many different trades to work on many different types of projects with different capacities. There is always something different on each project, allowing him the opportunity to use his experience for these challenges.

Susan Anton

Susan Anton

Secretary/Treasurer

Susan is the Secretary/Treasurer. She holds an Administrative background in manufacturing with more than 25 years of experience and over 8 years with Shirecrest Homes Inc.

Susan’s favorite part of her position is the opportunity to view each completed home and see how each home is really unique to each of the client’s needs.

Susan enjoys what she does and truly believes in the quality and care Shirecrest Homes Inc. provides to their customers. “Building your new home is really a commitment to create an environment that reflects your own lifestyles. When making such a commitment, it makes sense to rely on a quality builder you can trust.”

Cortney Doherty

Cortney Doherty

Interior Design & Sales

Cortney is our Interior Design and Sales Representative at Shirecrest Homes Inc and brings 6 years of design experience. Cortney has worked on a variety of projects and believes each design should be tailored to the individual needs of the client. She believes it is important to develop a plan with the unique wants, needs and preferences of the client to ensure the best possible project. No detail is too small and her critical eye and innovative ideas create solutions.

Her favorite part about working at Shirecrest Homes Inc is the interaction she has with the clients. Building a home is one on the most exciting times in someone’s life. Cortney enjoys being able to work with the clients every step of the way; from the initial planning to specifications through construction and project completion.

Cortney believes in the words of Henri Matisse, “creativity takes courage”. She applies this to every part of her life and strives to be fearlessly creative in all aspect of design.

Ben Lauzon

Ben Lauzon

General Carpenter

Ben is one of our general carpenters and has 14+ years’ experience with manufacturing and prototyping as a team leader. His unique experience allows him to come up with ingenuitive solutions that positively affect Shirecrest Homes Inc. In addition, Ben is a self-taught woodworker with a willingness to learn. He prides himself in being able to learn from the best and improve his skills.

One of Ben’s favorite parts of working at Shirecrest Homes Inc. is that the learning never ends. Each day presents new challenges that encourage him to improve his skills as well as learn new ones.

Ben believes that “there are pros and cons to everything; there is also an exception to all things”.

Johan Gorter

Johan Gorter

Excavator Operator

Johan has been with Shirecrest for 5 years and began his career here as a general labour/carpenter; since then he has transitioned into the role of excavator operator. Johan enjoys the challenges that face him in his role at Shirecrest Homes. In addition Johan is a fine artist, painting with oils and acrylics. Some of his accomplishments are exhibited in our showroom. The exemplary skill expressed in his fine arts is also a characteristic Johan uses in his home building. His critical eye and tenacity for perfection is a benefit for the projects he works on.

Johan has discovered that there is a sense of accomplishment you feel when working for a custom builder. Being involved in projects from beginning to end allows one to see the whole process. From problem solving, adding input, putting together the process; it allows one to take ownership and really become a part of the end result. Our homes are something you can be proud of.

Michael Traks

Michael Traks

General Carpenter Apprentice

Michael is our General Carpenter apprentice. He has taken special interest in working with our senior carpenters to hone his skills in finish carpentry. Michael is currently working towards his Red Seal in carpentry. With his natural ability and keen eye, Michael is a valuable member of our Shirecrest team.

Michael’s favorite part of working at Shirecrest Homes Inc is the opportunity to work with friendly people who push him to be his best. Building custom homes provides new and challenging adventures everyday which makes working at Shirecrest Homes Inc a truly unique experience.

Michael lives and works by the words of Yoda – “Do, or do not. There is no try.”