How did a Michigan boy make his way to building homes in Tennessee and create Broken Toe Farm?   Carbine’s Vice President of Operations Daryl Walny first earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Michigan State University before heading to Nashville to build custom homes including the 2017 House for Hope Designer Show House.

Daryl Walny-Carbine-And-Associates

A Michigan State University construction management grad, Daryl Walny is vice president of operations for Carbine & Associates and also holds a commercial building license.

Originally, working in Washington, D.C. for a national builder, Daryl says they were desperate for someone to help in Nashville. “At that time, Nashville was an outpost and someone was needed for six months. I made more friends in six weeks in Tennessee than in all of my time in Washington. When my six months was up, I asked them to stay,” Walny said.

Custom Home Building In Nashville Opposite World

Nashville is an opposite world from his life growing up in Michigan, Walny laughs about. “I grew up around lakes in a very flat area. There aren’t any lakes in Williamson County and plenty of rolling hills. It is the friendliness of the people that made me want to stay and build homes in Nashville.”


As Carbine’s vice president of operations, Daryl Walny oversees the custom home building of the top area builder. (Photo by Sam Carbine.)

Now building homes for 25 years, Daryl recently earned a commercial building license as well. “I love the challenges of building. From new plans and designs to staying ahead of the market in research of products and the way in which to do things. Home building is constantly evolving and it keeps you on your toes. I love developing a home from a raw piece of land and seeing a family start their lives in it. Shelter is one of life’s basics and it means so much knowing memories are being created in one of our homes.”

The Walnys’ Broken Toe Farm

Broken Toe Farm is creating tons of memories for Daryl and his wife, Kelsey.  He took a raised garden bed class at Whole Foods with his mother-in-law which planted the seeds for their life on a farm. “I immediately built 100 square feet of raised beds in our Green Hills backyard. Walking into the house one day with an armful of our own vegetables made us realize we wanted more of this. After a long search, the Walnys found their Williamson County land where they now have 3,000 square feet of raised beds and gardens. And, an unfortunate accident repairing farm equipment ended with the homestead’s ironic name, Broken Toe Farm.

Man of Faith



Daryl, Kelsey and “Bernie” Walny on their Williamson County farm have a kitchen chalkboard with Psalm 37:3-4, “Trust in the Lord, and do good: Dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Today, Daryl builds homes by day and the rest of his time is spent working on the farm and giving back to his community through Grace Chapel and his work with Narrow Gate Foundation as a board member. “We actually work on a lot of outreach ministries of our church. With the limited time we have, family and ministry is our priority.”

From raising chickens to building a day bed, here’s a little more on the Walnys’ Broken Toe Farm that was also recently featured in this Tennessean story.

To talk with Daryl about Carbine’s home building, give them a call at 615-661-9995.