Our Story

Who Are We?

Master Carpenter & Craftsman Paul Harmon founded Harmon Builders in 1995, joined later by long-time friend and now Foreman Jason Airing, and Project Manager and Co-Owner Melani Harmon. Dedicated to providing high quality construction and materials for custom-built homes, home remodeling services, and custom furniture and cabinetry, Harmon Builders combines modern-day craftsmanship and environmentally friendly building techniques. We use the finest materials at reasonable costs to meet the personalized needs of our clients.

We at Harmon Builders prioritize:

  • using local mills with indigenous woods (oak, maple, hickory, cherry, walnut)
  • using recycled materials whenever possible
  • supporting local schools and community
  • educating clients in ‘green’ resources
  • supplying local materials cultivated in and around the Mid-Atlantic.

We strive to reduce our carbon footprint, optimize our sustainability, and support the local economy.

Our Story Began 25 Years Ago

Paul Harmon, General Contractor and Owner of Harmon Builders, LLC, is originally from Frederick, Maryland and was educated at Frederick Community College. Paul began working as a carpenter while still in high school, assisting area builders with additions, home building, framing, and constructing decks. Starting in a local cabinet shop in 1984, he refined his talent for custom built cabinetry for kitchens, shelving, and entertainment units.

In 1985 Paul started competitive rock climbing as a career, which he continued through the mid-1990s. With skills from building, cabinetry, and climbing, he along with other members founded Clipper City Rock Gym in 1992. Paul designed, built, and managed the gym in Baltimore City, MD, while teaching rock climbing (climbing tours to New River Gorge, WV, and the like), competing personally, running tournaments, and training for international rock climbing competitions. Maintaining the facility honed Paul’s skills as a carpenter, keeping him current in the trade as he was constantly updating and outfitting the gym.

When the gym was lost to a fire, Paul moved back to Frederick and combined his business experience, carpentry talent, and respect for nature into the founding of Harmon Builders in 1995. Paul holds a Maryland Home Improvement License (MHIC No. 66247), is an approved Maryland Home Builder (MHBR No. 4452), and has a builder and home improvement license in West Virginia (WV No. 053404).

Paul has prior experience with LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certified Construction practices, a Green Building Rating System™ that encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

Paul, Melani and Family

Harmon Builders’ office and workshop is nestled in the woods of Keedysville, MD, connected to our family home on a hilltop, where we live with our two sons, Jesse and Emerson, and our dogs. We strive to bring our clients custom designs suited to their ideal surroundings and unique lifestyle needs, just as we have created a perfect space for our family and our business. Please schedule an appointment to come visit us.

Left to right: Emerson, Paul, Melani, and Jesse

Paul, Emerson, Jesse and Melani Harmon