Co-founder, Gerry St-Jean brings over 20 years of expertise in residential home design, home building, and renovation services.
Gerry’s career began in the 1980’s, working alongside his father at the home building company he owned in Cornwall, ON. While working closely with his father, he gained experience in many areas of home building and developed a passion for the business.
He went on to graduate from the Architectural Technology Program at Algonquin College in 1991, and immediately began working for premier builders in the Ottawa area quickly progressing from Designer to Construction Manager. Gerry also ran his own company offering drafting and design services to many of the same premier builders, as well as private homeowners throughout the greater Ottawa region.
“Gerry and Kristi delivered exceptional design, planning and construction of our custom home. Their attention to detail and responsiveness to our needs was outstanding. We are very happy with our new home and would not hesitate to build with them again.” – Former Arterra Custom Homes Client
Greg was born and raised in Ottawa where he still lives with his wife and three children. Greg has always had an affinity with construction, he began going to job sites with his father at an early age. A successful business owner since 1991, he knows the Ottawa Construction landscape well. He is a Master Electrician with an eye for detail and innovation. Greg manages and facilitates construction projects throughout the Ottawa and surrounding areas and is committed to excellence. His strong work ethic has earned him a reputation for quality, professionalism and integrity. This led to his 2018 appointment to the board of directors for the Ottawa Construction Association.
During his career in the construction industry, he has developed a passion for designing, creating and building. Greg’s affiliation with Gerry St-Jean began when Greg hired Gerry to design and build a high-spec two-storey, multi-use garage. Greg was so impressed with the quality of the build that he worked with Gerry to build a garage and loft at his cottage. Then an ‘Ice House’ comprising of an ice rink and a sports court. Over the course of these projects, these two individuals realized they shared a dedication to excellent quality workmanship and unparalleled customer service. The logical next step was to continue their collaboration by partnering in a business endeavour. This led them to co-founding Arterra Custom Homes Inc.
Kristi has always had a love for interior design, helping friends, family members and neighbours with interiors and staging for many years. When she heard about a job opportunity with a homebuilder as a design consultant, she knew that she had found her vocation. Kristi has spent over 10 years in the home building industry – assisting clients with selections, interior and exterior decorations, as well as providing pricing, project management, and customer after sales service.
With over 30 years’ experience in customer service, a BA Degree from Carleton University and professional certificates in sales, customer satisfaction, and negotiation, Kristi is well placed to manage your project and help you to create the look and feel for the home of your dreams.