Visitors and residents of Ford’s Colony may have recognized one of the very first homes in the neighborhood from the pages of Southern Living Magazine.
The home earned Wayne Harbin Builder the Southern Living 2015 Builder Member of the Year award. It currently serves as a showcase home for the builder, who has participated in the prestigious Southern Living Custom Builders Program since 2002.
“The program is not something that you request to be in,” Harbin said. “You get a telephone call from them to be interviewed to see if they’ll accept you into the program. They look at your integrity as a builder. You’ve got to give them numerous people to talk to in order to make sure that you have a good rapport with the people for which you build and that you have character in the community that you build in.”
The program holds the builders accountable to their community by requiring they follow certain guidelines.The company may be named after Harbin, but has become a family business. Harbin works with his wife, Bonnie, and sons, Doug and Brad. They built the home at 109 Ford’s Colony Drive to demonstrate craftsmanship, flow and function.
Starting with a Southern Living building plan called “Harrison Place,” the team looked for ways to customize the home and improve the layout where they could, like turning the porch off the living room into an outdoor kitchen.
Even though the team started with Southern Living’s building plans, they had a lot of decisions to make both inside and out. They called in an interior designer to assist with certain choices.
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