About us

About Us

Award Winning Custom Home Builder in Durango, CO

Asher Custom Homes is an award-winning design-build firm based in Durango, Colorado, offering timeless residential design and construction throughout Southwest Colorado – including Durango, Pagosa Springs, Telluride, and surrounding areas. Our professional team aspires to be the facilitator of your dreams. We want to create a truly custom home tailored to your lifestyle, capturing your vision with exquisite craftsmanship while keeping your budget in mind. We aim to build a lasting relationship with you as well as an extraordinary home. We commit ourselves to providing you with an inspiring, stress-free process that achieves your goals, honors your schedule and completes your home with attention to every detail. We will be there every step of the way to ensure your project exceeds your dreams and stays on schedule.

Meet our Team

Your custom home begins here in our office, with these friendly faces. Meet the Asher Custom Homes design-build team below, and see the Asher Difference for yourself.

Edward Asher

M.S., Engineering Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Edward leads Asher Custom Homes with the experience gained from growing up in a multi-generational family-owned construction business. After graduating from MIT, Edward served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and later founded an information technology firm with a global customer base. His extensive management and leadership experience is a valuable asset to Asher Custom Homes. Originally from Kentucky, Edward is an avid skier, biker, and his love for the mountains is what brought him to Durango.

Jason Wanstrath

Vice President
B.S., Civil Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Jason oversees all facets of Asher’s construction operations. A native of Durango, Jason brings to our team over 20 years of experience in construction management. He is a LEED Accredited Professional as well as a former Chapter President of the US Green Building Council. He leads our team of project managers, superintendents, and skilled craftsmen in providing exceptional quality, value, and successful delivery of each and every home we build. In his spare time Jason enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and skiing, kite surfing, wakeboarding, surfing and forging metal.

Scott Smith

M.B.A., Finance, University of Colorado, Denver
B.S., Management, University of Denver

Scott has been with Asher Custom Homes since 2005 and handles matters relating to accounting, personnel, contracts, administration, and daily operations. He has 40 years of experience in various management roles with both large and small companies. Scott loves the outdoors and when he is not at work can be found skiing, road cycling, hiking and camping. He prides himself on his ability to keep up with the younger generations.

Tracy Toner

Architectural Drafter & Interior Designer
Colorado Institute of Art

Tracy Toner is an interior designer with over 20 years of experience in residential design. Her passion for architecture and design stems from her childhood observation of her grandfather’s architectural skills. Tracy brings a vast knowledge base, the utmost attention to detail and a personalized experience for each client. As a Colorado native, she adores the great outdoors, along with travel time with her husband and three daughters.

Mini Irwin

Interior Designer
Texas A&M University

For more than 20 years, Mini has worked in the interior design industry assisting clients build their dream homes, designing award-winning kitchens, visualizing and managing remodeling projects, and helping her clients decorate their homes after the completion of their construction. Mini has designed and/or decorated homes across the country, and is excited to be back in Durango helping Asher’s clients realize their visions for their homes.

Bruce Daniel

Project Manager
B.A., Political Science and Aviation Management, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Bruce has been with us since 2004, longer than any Asher employee. Bruce is an amazing asset to Asher Custom Homes and goes well beyond his role of PM on a daily basis. Bruce likes to stay busy so when he’s not at work he enjoys working out, spending time with his family, tending to his farm, riding his horses, and flying his plane over the Animas Valley.

Derrell Lindsey

Project Manager
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Prior to joining Asher Custom Homes, Derrell worked for many years in the residential construction business in Hawaii and Colorado. He moved back to Durango with his wife and young daughter to enjoy the mountains and to be closer to family. Derrell enjoys mountaineering, skiing, and biking with his family in the nearby San Juan and La Plata Mountains. His daughter enjoys giving trail recommendations to visiting bikers – she especially enjoys the Rib Cage trail.

Will Irvin

Project Manager
B.S., Construction Management, Oklahoma State University

Since obtaining a degree in Construction Management, Will has spent the last decade managing projects from beginning to end and prides himself on delivering the highest quality product to ensure client satisfaction. Since relocating to Durango, he has enjoyed an avid outdoor lifestyle of camping, hiking, and skiing.

Joe Gallagher

Project Manager
B.A. History – University of Missouri – Columbia

Joe has worked in the residential construction business for over 20 years. He takes great pride in everything he puts his hands on and values fostering trust in relationships with his clients. When not building your home you will find him religiously following his hometown teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues, having adventures with his two young daughters, or improving his own home with his beautiful wife.

Marcia Day

A.A.S., Mechanical Drafting and Graphic Arts, Pikes Peak Community College

Marcia has worked at Asher Custom Homes for over ten years. Not only does Marcia handle important accounting matters including payroll and billing, she is also the glue that holds the company together. When Marcia is not at work she can be found camping, snowshoeing or playing with her dogs.

Rachel Dawsey

Design Associate
Rachel obtained her degree in communications and was involved in customer relations, fundraising, and business development prior to joining the team at Asher. She finds joy in problem-solving and creating positive relationships with clients. As a Pennsylvania native, Rachel is excited to be living once again in an area with mountains and outdoor activities. She loves hiking, frisbee golf, skiing, and exploring all that Colorado has to offer.

Russ Moffett

Architectural Designer
Russ began working in construction at the age of 12 in Farmington, New Mexico, and became a crew foreman at the age of 18. Russ started a design-build construction company on Whidbey Island, Washington which he ran for 25 years. Because he particularly enjoys the design process, that has been his focus for the past 20 years. In his spare time, Russ loves traveling to see his 6 grandchildren.

Our History

Asher Custom Homes began as Kogan Builders, Inc. in 1999. Over two decades KBI grew to become the most award winning design-build firm in Southwest Colorado. Recognizing the growing potential of building premier homes in this area, Edward Asher purchased Kogan Builders, Inc. in 2019.  Edward has drawn upon his extensive engineering background and experience building and growing a company as he has taken on the transition from KBI to Asher Custom Homes. Edward is a hands-on leader who has brought new energy and a family atmosphere to the team and is expanding Asher Custom Homes into new business segments and geographies.  

Edward values a client-focused company culture, driven by quality and inspired by creativity and passion. He also sees the potential in the quality of life presented by the incredible backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, and all the possibilities that it affords.

Community Involvement

Few things are more important to us as a firm than community involvement. Each year, as a company we contribute to our local community through cash donations, volunteering and participating in local projects and events. Our goal is to support the local charities, organizations and clubs that make Durango and its surrounding communities such a wonderful place to live.

Homeowner Reviews

  • Jeff Bowes

    Asher Custom Homes (formerly KBI) has been an incredible partner to work with over the past couple of years. As a timber frame supplier, we look for high-quality, meticulous builders that are focused on the quality of service and product.Thank you Edward, Ryan, and the rest of your team for your incredible works of craftsmanship. We are proud to have our timber in some of your projects & look forward to all of the collaborative efforts in the future.- Jeff Bowes, President of Canadian Timberframes

  • Tom Ballard

    We spent 3 years looking across the US and picked Durango as the place to build our dream home. Having never had a custom home, we wanted quality, expertise, and a builder with a proven track record in the community. Asher Custom Homes addressed all 3 points from the start. We had the pleasure of being present throughout the build and saw our home take shape from the concept we laid out to the Asher design team. Our project manager and superintendent were always there to guide the build along and answered every question and concern we had - no matter how trivial they were in hindsight. The tradespeople assembled by Asher - excavators, concrete, framers, electricians, etc. - gave us quality and timely work. Each evidenced a level of goodwill and respect towards Asher that has obviously been earned over the years. In a now busy and competitive market, this is a very important factor that reassured us. A friend recently asked us, after touring our beautiful home, if we had to do it over, would we go with the same builder. Without hesitation, we both enthusiastically said yes.

  • John Sullivan

    In my humble opinion, Asher Custom Homes is by far the best homebuilder in Southwest Colorado. From beginning to end, the entire Asher team went above and beyond to ensure that our project ran smoothly and efficiently -- on time and on budget. More importantly, the entire team became like family to us in the process. Edward Asher is the consummate professional who takes pride in everything he does and it shows in every aspect of the build from planning to designing to construction. Thank you to Mini, Tracy, Jason, Marsha, Will, and Craig for making this experience easy and fun. We could not be happier.

  • Diana Sherman

    My husband and I used Kogan Builders to design and build our beautiful custom home and we highly recommend them. From start to finish, the Kogan team bent over backwards to not only meet our every need and request, but often they anticipated those needs and helped us to see them. We had an amazing experience working with Kogan’s in house architectural designer Chris who helped us formulate our vision and put it on paper with his incredible creativity. We loved working with Ryan on the pre-construction process. He knew everything about getting the permits, and other necessary steps to prepare for ground breaking. He was very honest about costs and helped us tremendously to stay within our budget as we went through and made changes along the way. Tracy was instrumental in creating the homey feel inside that was so important to us. From lights to cabinets to faucets, she was there to help us make every decision - and there are many! From the moment we broke ground, Jason and his team made us feel at ease with the construction project. Because we live out of town, their updates and guidance as we went along were so invaluable to us. They always communicated with us when decisions needed to be made so that we did not lose time. The workmanship of the house was something we really noticed. Kogan uses top quality materials throughout -- even when you cannot see those materials in the end product. Looking at the building projects of other builders made us realize that, in comparison, Kogan goes above and beyond on many aspects of their construction that, while not seen, do impact the quality and function of the home. This is something you may not think about, but we would recommend inspecting homes in various stages of construction if you are considering other builders because it helps you to see how Kogan stands out in terms of quality. A friend of ours who built with Kogan recommended we do this and we are glad we took his advice. In the end, we have a home that we love and we cannot thank the Kogan team enough for making our dream a reality!

  • Julia Simons

    My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Kogan Builders to design and build our custom home. We did not know anything about Kogan when we first contacted them; we based our decision initially on their previous designs and great reviews. We also liked the fact that they were prepared to handle everything from beginning to end -- permitting, design aspects, architectural/engineering work, construction, and even furnishings. From our first phone call, however, we knew we were in good hands. Ryan took so much time to explain the entire design process in great detail. Ryan and Chris listened to us and came up with architectural plans that exceeded our expectations. We loved working with the design team to pick out all of our finishes. It was one of the areas we worried about the most when deciding whether to build a custom home, but it turned out to be one of our favorite aspects. The team often thought outside the box to come up with unique ideas based on very general thoughts that we had. Once we got to construction, Jason and his team were absolutely incredible. They kept us informed, answered all of our questions and got the job done on time and in budget. Towards the end of the process, we had the pleasure of meeting Edward, Kogan's new owner. The transition went off without a hitch as far as we were concerned. Edward was great to us, very engaged in the process, and as happy as we were to see our home completed. Overall, Kogan is a great combination of consummate professionals with a warm family atmosphere. We also felt very comfortable with every member of the team. We cannot recommend Kogan highly enough!

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