By Hollie Deese
Photography by Solomon Davis
Doug Herman bounced around various forms of construction work back when he was in high school, so by the time he got to college he had already gained marketable skills in construction and remodeling.
He got a master’s degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio in construction technology, then he worked with a small custom builder in Toledo before moving to Atlanta. In 1998 he moved to Nashville and in 2006 opened his own firm, Legend Homes.
“Our niche is taking people from the very beginning of the process through architecture, the planning phases, working with interior design and selections, and building the house and staying with them all the way through,” Herman says. So basically, they do it all.
“The team of people we have and systems we have in place and the communication that we make available on a regular, ongoing basis really help to make it a great process.”
Herman and his team – including Vice President Andy Ferguson –were invited early on to be one of the five members of the Stephens Valley building community, planned around a federal park system.
“I think they took care in preserving green space and including miles of trails,” Herman says. “They could have developed this land with higher density, and they chose to develop on a lesser scale and with less density, mainly to preserve that feeling of open space and focus more on preservation.”
Eventually there are plans for town homes and condos at Stephens Valley, but the first few phases of development are for single family homes on varying lot sizes and types, some with the homes oriented more to an open backyard setting, some to a courtyard setting.
“In either case we try to maximize outdoor living,” he says. “It’s so important to our buyers and how people live. And outdoor living can make all the difference in how the home feels when you’re inside.”
Legend does most of their development in Williamson County now, and one of their latest projects is a brand-new development, Hardeman Springs, in the Arrington area. They are also present in more established developments like Westhaven, Witherspoon and The Grove, where they had a show home during the 2019 James Hardie Parade of Homes.
When people get to that level of buying their dream house, they have likely been thinking about it most of their lives and expect the experience to be amazing. Herman says they put a lot of pressure on themselves to live up to that.
“We go into it fully with the expectation that this is going to be a great experience,” Herman says. “Our clients say they are sad to see the process come to an end. We develop amazing relationships with our clients because we work with them for months, and we’re committed to making their experience as easy as possible and actually fun.”
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