Meet the owner of Maker Construction, Ryan MacEachern (top photo), and his crew. They're the team of individuals that take a module off of it's flatbed and set it securely on to a foundation. More than that, they are a bit nerdy and they pay attention to the details; they know how important that air barrier is and ensure that the house is fully "buttoned up" at the end of a set day. Their work is a key component in making modular happen; they work swiftly and with ease, but their job of securing 30,000 lbs while it hangs in the air (among many other things) is anything but easy. It takes talent, planning, and attention to detail. They have recently set a BrightBuilt Drisko, Perkins, Cushing, and 2 Frenchboros. We thought we'd throw a few questions Ryan's way, so that you can get a taste for the team behind this part of the process.
Q: When did you first get involved with the modular industry? What prompted your involvement/interest?
A: In the Fall of 2015 I began my journey with the modular industry. Matt Mosher (KBS General Manager) and I worked together previously and he invited me to join his team to run operations and improve processes.
Q: How long have you been running your own set crew?
A: I branched out on my own this January to start Maker Construction.
Q: What do you most enjoy about it?
A: I enjoy homeowner interactions. It is an exciting day for all of us to see a dream come to life and I am glad to be a part of that process.
Q: In your mind, what are some of the primary benefits of off-site construction?
A: A few of the many benefits include building in a controlled environment, quality, time and cost effectiveness. I love this industry and I see that it is on the cusp of so much growth and potential here in New England.
Q: Is there any difference between setting a code-built module and a BrightBuilt module?
A: The designs of BrightBuilt Home are intentional. Details like deeper sills, upgraded windows and premium materials give the homes a timeless look and enduring quality.
Q: What sorts of things do you like to do when you’re not lasso-ing multi-ton airborne chunks of house?
A: When I am not building things at work I am building things at home for my family. A lot of the same things I love about BrightBuilt Home I am incorporating into my own home. I also enjoy golf, Maine craft beer and being with my family.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
A: Our team at Maker Construction is a core group of people setting each home. Tim Lovett has a background in fine furniture making and has a great attention to detail. Chuck Lake is a hard worker who grew up watching and helping his father who owned his own construction business. My father-in-law, Brad Buzzell, affectionately known as “Grampa” is a jack of all trades and enjoys helping out on set days.
Thanks to Ryan (Tim, Chuck, and "Grampa") for letting us showcase your talent!