Brooks Harris and Russ Doyle are both second-generation homebuilders born and raised in Birmingham. Brooks began his homebuilding career in 2004 by starting Longleaf Homes, Inc. and building new homes in the Highland Lakes neighborhood. While building there, he met Russ Doyle who was working for his Dad's company but was soon to go out on his own as Fireside Homes, Inc. in 2005. The two companies then worked side by side on projects in Pelham's Ballantrae neighborhood, completing a combined total of approximately 60 new homes there. While working closely together as "friendly competitors", Russ and Brooks got to know each other and decided they could accomplish more together than they could individually. So, Harris Doyle Homes, Inc. was born in 2008. Since that time, Russ and Brooks have leveraged their combined experience to create one of Birmingham's largest homebuilders. The two principals of the company each have different personalities, educational backgrounds and unique skill sets, but they maintain a common vision for the company.
It is this unique combination that has been the recipe for Harris Doyle Homes rapid success. After being named Builder of the Year in 2010, just two years after the birth of the company, Harris Doyle went on to become the #3 Largest Builder in Birmingham in 2013 according to the Birmingham Business Journal, and the #84 largest privately held company in Birmingham according to the same publication.
This success is not only attributed to the generational experience of these two Birmingham homebuilding families, but the reputation Harris Doyle has developed both within the industry and through our homeowners. We constantly strive to build quality new homes that exceed people's expectations in terms of design, amenities and customization. We also realize that service begins after the sale and our Guildmaster Awards reflect our commitment to a high level of customer service. Our fathers were proud to serve previous generations of Alabamans with their own brand of top notch customer service, and we believe customer service is what will allow us the opportunity to serve Alabama throughout the coming generations.
We joined Clayton Properties Group, a Berkshire Hathaway company, in 2017.