Sierra James Construction HISTORY

Sierra James Construction was founded in 2017 by Jesse Rowden, a fourth-generation homebuilder. Jesse’s vision was to create a company that built, remodeled, and restored homes at the highest level for all types of clients.

In 2019, Charley Roberts joined the company as a Partner and Chief Financial Officer. Together, they grew the company into the kind of place they both always wanted to work. Jesse and Charley knew that a truly successful company could only be built by attracting and retaining the very best people in the construction industry, so that’s what they did. They are proud of that achievement and all the great people that make Sierra James what it is today. The employees at Sierra James are why Jesse and Charley get to go to work at the company they always wanted.

Sierra James Construction employee Gillian and family in kitchen


Sierra James Construction is committed to raising industry standards and redefining the construction experience with trust, communication, and excellence.  

Core Values

We’ve built our company upon these four pillars:


At Sierra James, we never take shortcuts. From the initial designs to the final fit and finish, we perform to the highest quality standards and craftsmanship. 


Our clients entrust us with their homes, money, and aspirations. In return, we take pride in and responsibility for everything we do. At the end of the day, we know we’re in the business of constructing people’s dreams.


A healthy company culture is fundamental to the success of Sierra James. We believe in working hard but also having fun together. We value each other’s opinions and encourage people to grow in their roles and careers.


We won’t sugarcoat it: this is a hard industry with complex projects. Our team possesses the toughness and passion to see projects through. We bring our dependability and good attitudes.

Sierra James Construction founder, Jesse Rowden


Sierra James Construction Partner, Charley Roberts


Sierra James Construction Difference

We’re committed to fostering a company culture that values our people, improves our processes, and provides clients with unrivaled service. 

These make the Sierra James Construction difference:


Any design-build company worth its salt can deliver the end product. What makes Sierra James different is the client experience. We fully communicate each step of the process with our clients and encourage open interaction with the team.


Sierra James works under cost-plus, not fixed-price, contracts. If a client wants to see anything, we show them, including how much money Sierra James is making. This ensures a transparent process.


Design-build means we’re involved in everything from the first napkin sketch to handing over the keys. Our clients have the option of using our in-house architect or bringing us their own plans.


Over the years, we’ve built trusted relationships with talented interior designers, structural engineers, architects, sub-contractors, and city and county planning personnel. Our reputation allows us to work with the best people in Central Oregon.