Innovating the Way You Live

Solaire Homebuilders has been building beautiful, high-efficiency, healthy homes since 1995. We take great care in working with our clients to create custom home designs that fit their unique vision and home site.

While we cater to our clients’ specific personal preferences, we specialize in high-performance construction. Our unique approach focuses on passive solar design, active solar power & water heating and superior indoor air quality. We combine energy efficiency, environmentally conscious materials and high-quality custom home construction. Best of all, at Solaire Homebuilders, we offer these net-zero energy homes at market-comparable costs.
Energy independence continues to be a global issue. What if your home could power itself – – allowing you to lower both your energy bills and your impact on our changing climate? Whether you are just beginning the home design process or already have a plan in mind, we can help you design and build a more durable, energy efficient and healthy home. Contact us for a no obligation meeting to discuss working together on your dream home.

OUR TEAM

Our highly qualified team brings years of experience in homebuilding, design, sales and customer service. Our commitment to sustainability will help fulfill your custom homebuilding dreams.

Geoff Harris

 Owner | President

Geoff brings over 22 years of professional homebuilding experience to Solaire Homebuilders. With his broad background in construction, sales, customer service and executive leadership, he is excited to leverage all these disciplines to the benefit of our team and customers. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Geoff’s passion for energy efficiency, healthy buildings and sustainability in construction will help honor Solaire’s legacy in the green-building space long into the future. Geoff holds a BS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from George Mason University. In his spare time, Geoff enjoys making pottery, rehabilitating older properties with his wife, MaryLea, and all the outdoor recreational opportunities the Pacific Northwest offers. He lives in Bend with MaryLea and their two daughters.

Mike O’Neil

 Founder

Mike founded Solaire Homebuilders in 1995 with his wife, Cindi, to give home buyers the option to build energy-efficient passive and active solar homes. As Central Oregon’s leader in green building, Mike was an early adopter of the Super Good Cents program, a precursor to today’s green building standards. He balances the future of high-performance building with the fundamental principles of good-quality homebuilding. Thoughtful and fair, Mike strives to build beautiful custom homes on time and within budget. Mike holds several certifications in green building including Earth Advantage Sustainable Homes Professional and National Association of Homebuilders Certified Green Professional. He gives back to his industry through leadership roles at the local and state level. Mike contributes locally and internationally as an active member of the Rotary International Greater Bend Club. When he’s not enjoying his Solaire net-zero energy home, you can find Mike in the outdoors hunting, fishing, and backpacking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. 

MaryLea Harris

 Owner | Vice President

MaryLea is a professional artist, real estate investor and social media/brand manager. She has been renovating and designing homes alongside her husband, Geoff, throughout their 27 years together. Her eye for design and passion for creating a healthy home environment has enabled her to renovate and manage successful investment properties and vacation rentals throughout Oregon. She loves working alongside Geoff and is looking forward to building upon Solaire’s legacy. As a mother of two daughters and graduate of an all-women’s college, MaryLea believes in paying it forward to other young women in her community. She created the MaryLea Harris Scholarship for Women in the Arts, an annually awarded scholarship for a local high school student planning to study art, arts management, design or arts education in college. In her free time, MaryLea enjoys gardening, showing her artwork around Central Oregon and fostering kittens for the Humane Society of Central Oregon.

Kendra Schmidt

 Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Kendra leads and supports nearly all aspects of the company. She is Solaire’s main point of contact between our customers and trade partners. Kendra keeps the Solaire team running smoothly; from leading our back-office operations to field project management, her calm presence, expertise and friendly smile put all who meet her at ease. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, baking and finding new adventures in Central Oregon. 

Kate Eskew

 Home Planning Specialist

With ten years of real estate experience, Kate brings a keen ability to understand your needs and goals for your new net-zero home. She will guide you through the nuances of our design process while staying sensitive to your budget. She is a believer in Solaire’s purpose and our approach to custom home building.  As part of our marketing & branding team, Kate enthusiastically promotes Solaire Homebuilders and works to increase our presence in the market. Kate loves spending time with her family, organizing microplastic cleanups on the beach in Manzanita, OR, working with horses, and being outdoors. 

Cindi O’Neil

 Founder

In 1995, Cindi and her husband Mike founded Solaire Homebuilders. She performed research and led focus groups through a visioning process that later became the long-term strategy for Solaire Homebuilders. From 2006 to her retirement in 2020, Cindi worked directly with the Solaire team to lead sales and marketing for the company. Her primary role was evolving the company’s focus toward net-zero energy homes. Leading clients from their personal goals for a new house to a finished custom, healthy, energy efficient, sustainable home was the most rewarding aspect of her role with Solaire.

Today, Cindi inspires volunteers across Central Oregon, Coastal Oregon, and Northern California Rotary Clubs to serve those in need in their local communities and around the world. Rotary International added a new area of focus: “Supporting the Environment,” which is a fortunate coincidence for Cindi. She will be helping Rotary understand the significance and possible actions that will make supporting the environment a reality in local communities.