About us

McKenzie Brothers have been masonry specialists and master craftsmen in custom home building since 1968. We have been in Cave Creek and Carefree, Arizona, since 1980, making us the oldest construction company in the area. Creating history with high-quality, long-lasting buildings is among McKenzie Brothers’ main objectives. We use the finest quality building products to create energy-efficient, comfortable, one-of-a-kind luxury custom homes and residential remodels. From excavation to carpentry to masonry, as a full-service construction company we pride ourselves in consistent and personal commitment to each project. McKenzie Brothers commits to no more than two or three custom home projects at a time, ensuring that each client is a top priority.


We have been masonry specialists and master craftsmen in custom home building in Cave Creek since 1980, making us the oldest construction company in the area.


James Sheehan, the hands-on owner of McKenzie Brothers, has been a master builder and designer for 30 years and looks forward to the challenge of a new project.

Green Building

Did you know that masonry construction plays a large role as an earth-friendly method and is recognized as a contributor to the sustainability of buildings?

James Sheehan restoring New York City’s Grand Central Terminal

Meet our team

James Sheehan


James Sheehan started as an apprentice for McKenzie Brothers in New Jersey in 1976 building custom masonry homes. From 1980 to 1994, James specialized in historical restoration and preservation of world-renowned landmarks in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. While working for Western Construction Group, he completed more than $100 million in successful projects such as: New York's Grand Central Station, New York Stock Exchange Building and the Chrysler Building.

In 1994, James headed west to join McKenzie Brothers once again. Today, Jimmy and his wife, Valerie, hold the reigns, designing and building the most talked-about luxury custom homes in Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale.

James Sheehan

Valerie Sheehan

Chief Financial Officer

Valerie Sheehan has an MBA in finance. She also specializes in sales, marketing and has a talent for pulling everything together. She works hard to see that McKenzie Brothers continually strives for excellence by managing all office and behind-the-scene details. Additionally, Valerie manages Carefree Outdoor Living that was started by the Sheehan's in 2009.

Valerie Sheehan

Jamie Sheehan

Business Manager

Jamie Sheehan studied at the Arizona State W.P. Carey School of Business and graduated with a bachelor's from the Northern Arizona W.A. Franke College of Business. Jamie now coordinates projects both in the office and out in the field. Having grown up in the business, Jamie knows the attention to detail and thoughtful planning it takes to complete these one of a kind custom homes.

Jamie Sheehan

What people say about McKenzie Brothers

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McKenzie Brothers builds faster than you can make decisions, with true craftsmanship. Building in small towns requires relationships and charm. I recommend this team to my clients because of their top of line integrity. They live locally and have a fantastic reputation. Everyone knows (and loves), working with Jimmy!

Debbie Omundson

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The most amazing part was he got done in five months what other builders would have easily taken a year. Plus, we were still living in Kansas City and only came to Carefree five days a month during the project. The bigger thing I would stress about Jimmy is that he is as honest as the day is long.

David Carpenter


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Meet the Sheehan Family

It's not often that you run into families residing in Cave Creek or Carefree who have lived here for as long as the Sheehans. For more than 20 years, James and Valerie Sheehan have been building custom dream homes and a foundation for their family and community.

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Amid the breathtaking landscape, your home will become the perfect reflection of your location and personal style.

About Us

Building luxury custom homes in the Town of Cave Creek since 1980.

Carefree Outdoor Living

Founded by James Sheehan in 2009, Carefree Outdoor Living can furnish your outdoor living space with high quality, custom outdoor kitchen and furnishings.