MEET OUR TEAM
Both in nature and industry, the best systems are rooted in synergy; the creation of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. With decades of home improvement experience, the dedicated team at High Country Home Improvement is undoubtedly our greatest asset. Our knowledgeable professionals work together to provide the highest quality services to our clients from concept through completion. This quality requires a commitment to growth and continued learning in our trade as we venture to stay abreast of the latest advancements and techniques in the construction industry. General Contractor and Founding Owner, Rob Gabriel, takes great pride in his highly skilled crew and professional partnerships.
Rob Gabriel, Founding Owner and General Contractor
Meet Rob Gabriel, General Contractor and Founding Owner of High Country Home Improvement. Rob realized his passion for building early in his career and he’s been honing his skills as a craftsman ever since. Rob spent a number of years working as a Superintendent of New Construction in Kansas City, MO before starting his own business. Eager to expand his building repertoire, Rob set his sights on the Rocky Mountains where he’s enjoyed the great outdoors and developed High Country Home Improvement into a successful residential remodeling company headquartered in Golden, CO. When he’s not onsite or in the office, Rob enjoys riding his horses, grilling on his smoker and catching a show at the Grizzly Rose. From the initial bid to the last finish nail, Rob has a hands on approach to building. His projects feature timeless designs, modern amenities, superior construction and satisfied clients.
Greg has been building since he was old enough to hold a hammer, having grown up alongside his dad’s successful kitchen and bath company in the Chicago area. He began his own career specializing in flooring and tile installation but has branched out over time to develop expertise in many areas of residential remodeling. Greg joined the High Country Home Improvement team in 2016 with over 11 years of experience and a wide scope of training to his credit, most recently with the American Home Inspection Institute. The best part of his job is having the opportunity to make peoples homes more functional for their lifestyle. Greg loves living in Colorado and takes every opportunity he can to head up to the high country to snowboard.
Darin brings a remarkably diverse range of professional experiences, and a unique brand of humor to the High Country Home Improvement team. His construction background includes everything from finish carpentry and cabinetry, to concrete forms and electrical work. Since joining HCHI in 2017, Darin’s quickly proven himself as a team leader, helping to manage the coordination of trades and ensure customer satisfaction. He takes pride in keeping his jobsites clean and orderly, and delivering an attractive asset to our clients. When he’s not working, Darin’s hobbies are as varied as his professional pursuits. Having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, he’s a trained oil painter and sculptor, as well as a weekend gearhead working on his cars and motorcycles.
With 7 years of renovation experience, a love for working with his hands, and an easy-going personality, Alec was a welcome addition to HCHI at the start of the new year in 2018. For Alec, there is nothing more rewarding than the sense of accomplishment that comes from taking something old, or in disrepair, and transforming it into something fresh, functional and beautiful for his clients. Alec has a natural aptitude for his craft, but equally as impressive is his eagerness to learn something new every day and desire to always keep improving. Most days you’ll find Alec engrossed in his work, wearing the effortless smile of someone who truly enjoys what he does and the comradery of his team. When he’s not on the job-site, you can usually find him outside hitting the links or at the helm of a boat.
Mike’s work is more than a job, it’s a passion and a talent he’s honed over his 30+ years in the industry. Our resident expert in fine finish painting and professional surface textures, Mike has developed a keen eye for detail and a clear sense of his client’s needs. These qualities shine though in his projects and add to the overall success of High Country Home Improvement’s reputation. Over the span of his career, Michael’s worked in virtually every area of interior and exterior painting and finishing, for both residential and commercial construction. A Colorado native, Michael enjoys good BBQ, spending time with his family, and all things outdoors in his spare time. You’ll often find him camping, fishing or riding his Harley on the weekends.
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Kyle’s career began in residential remodeling where he worked as a foreman and became a skillful framer. Joining High Country Home Improvement in the spring of 2018, Kyle is highly focused in in the field, but also relishes new challenges. Along with his proficiency and innate friendliness, Kyle brings an unrivaled determination to do a job right. A true team player, Kyle takes it in stride that his framing work is one of the best indicators of our quality craftsmanship that many clients will never even notice. The best part of his job is getting to see the before and after transformations of his kitchen and bathroom projects. During his off time, you’ll find Kyle target shooting, bowling or otherwise spending time in the great outdoors.
Milandra recently joined High Country Home Improvement after 5 years of combined experience in the field and woodshop. Her background runs the gamut from woodworking and electrical, to machine operation and project management. Milandra wears many hats at HCHI including overseeing the lifecycle of projects, training trades, and assisting with new client estimates. She also enjoys any opportunity to apply her finish carpentry skills to the finer details of a remodel. Milandra describes her best on-the-job attributes as being highly organized, detail oriented and a problem solver. She enjoys working with the team to meet group goals and spending her day outside of an office. Although she was born and raised in Denver, Milandra spent several years living near Seattle and in Southern Spain. She does volunteer translation work, and as much camping and cooking as possible in her spare time. She’s also an an avid film photographer and linguistics buff.