About Us - Custom Home Builder - Bayless Custom Homes Tyler, Texas
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About Us

“Experience the Bayless Difference”

At Bayless Custom Homes, we believe in building not only top quality custom homes, but also close relationships with our clients.

We believe in being there to help each step of the way to ensure comfort, quality and complete satisfaction in your luxurious custom home.

We take pride in the homes we build and focus on every last detail- as a custom home builder should.

We have a reputation for superior craftsmanship, custom design and excellent customer service.

We pride ourselves on maintaining a high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail; each home that we build is unique.

Because we are careful not to take on too many projects per year, our clients benefit from a responsive, hands-on management approach and we are able to give each client the attention they deserve. Whether it is a custom renovation, custom home builder project, or just a custom home designer you are in need of; we can surpass your expectations.

Giving Back to East Texas

Bayless Custom Homes believes that community is the highest priority. Unlike others, we put our time and money behind this mindset. Currently we are the custom home builders building Hope Haven, a foster home for teen girls.

When completed, the 6,500 square foot facility will have dormitory-style, long-term housing for 16 girls from the foster system aged 13 to 17 years. Girls like this are considered the hardest children to place and end up bouncing from home to home.

Hope Haven of East Texas will be focused on providing for the girls’ welfare, as well as their education and religious needs. In this loving and caring environment, the girls will be encouraged and will obtain hope and opportunity that they would not otherwise receive. This is just one of the custom home builder projects we are involved in and we look forward to helping you with your custom home renovation.

Meet the Team

Gary Bayless

Gary Bayless is a native Texan who has been designing and building custom homes for over 35 years. A graduate of the University of Alabama, he found his true passion as a home builder.  He and his family attend Green Acres Baptist Church and frequently do philanthropy work with a program that was started by Bayless Custom Homes called “Widows In Need.” He is an Executive Director of Hope Haven of East Texas, building a Foster Home for Girls in East Texas, and is also a Trustee for The Texas Builders Foundation. Which gives scholarships to people interested in becoming involved in the Home Building Industry and donates to Texas needs in time of tragedy. Gary also serves as President on the Board of Directors for the Tyler Area Builders Association, Texas Association of Builders and the National Association of Home Builders.


Joe Runnels

Joseph Runnels brings a vast measure of experience to building custom homes in East Texas. Together with his wonderful wife, Kelli, who is a teacher at Robert E. Lee High School, Joe is proud of his two adult children Ashley, and Ryan, and especially proud of his two adorable grandchildren, Wyatt, and Walker. Joe uses his love and respect he has for his family to inform the care he gives every client and every home he builds.


Having lived in Tyler for over thirty years, Joe feels as though he is living his dream of building custom homes and every day, whether he is searching blueprints or on site climbing ladders to make certain a job is perfect, he knows this is what he was meant to do. This sense of purpose drives him to work closely with his clients by listening closely to their story and asking all the right questions to ensure the client gets exactly what they desire.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

The Emmy-award winning reality show on ABC Television came to East Texas to surprise one special family with an extreme home makeover

Bayless Custom Homes accepted the challenge to construct a new custom home in just one week for one very deserving family.

“When we watch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, we realize how blessed we all are, and that with God all things are possible. We are humbled and excited to accept this challenge.”

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