“Thanks for your good work and your professional and personal way of doing business. If I ever build again, I would go straight to Lifestyle Homes; and refer any of my friends and family to do the same.”
Kent Mortensen Founder and President
A boy from the small farm town of Quincy, Washington, who through hard work and dedication has become one of the most highly respected builders in the Treasure Valley and beyond. Kent is known for his integrity, industry service, and quality of construction, evidenced by many of his customers who come back to him for subsequent work. Kent gained a college education in architecture and building.
He started Mortensen Construction in 1978 as a framing company. In 1985 he started building homes while continuing to frame homes for other contractors. In 1988 he entered his first home in the Parade of Homes. Lifestyle Homes was started in 1990 when he saw a need for pre-designed homes offering modifications and options to fit the buyers' needs with Mortensen Construction continuing to build semi-custom and custom homes.
He started Lifestyle Home design in 2009. With the down turn in the building industry at that time Kent felt that since he had a back ground in architectural design he could draw his own plans and spent some time getting up to speed with a 3D CAD software program called Chief Architect. He then started drawing plans for himself. When others found out that he was designing homes, other builders and private individuals started hiring him to draw their plans. With his 40 years of extensive experience framing and building homes this allowed him to create home plans that worked without having unforeseen problems crop up. He has retired from the building side of his business and is now concentrating just on his home design business.
Service to the home building industry has been very important to Kent. He served as the President of the Building Contractors Association of South West Idaho (BCASWI). Kent also served on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Building Contractors Association (IBCA) as well as the National Association of Home builders (NAHB). Kent served as the President of the IBCA. Kent is a Life Director for both the BCASWI and the IBCA. Kent has received many recognitions over the years in business. Builder of the Year in 1993 from the BCASWI and Builder of the Year in 2000 from the IBCA. The IBCA recognized Mortensen Construction as Company of the Year in 2001.
Outside of the building industry, Kent has volunteered in the Boy Scouts of America for over 30 years. He received the District Award of Merit in 2002. Kent and Wendy are the parents of five children, four boys and one girl, and now boast 15 grandchildren.