In 2004, our company started with three carpenters offering home building services in the Bristol area.  Over the years, we have evolved to become the full-service construction company that we are today.

Our staff is a diverse community of professionals - master carpenters, building science experts, solar experts, master electricians and construction managers.  Many of our staff have been with Smith & McClain for over a decade, a testament to their exceptional talent, passion for building, and integrity.  Together, we have executed complex projects and cutting edge designs, a reflection of our collective wealth of experience and versatility.  

At Smith & McClain we strive to be a great company to work for and with.  We know that the success of our projects are directly related to the relationships we develop, not just within our own team, but with our clients, subcontractors and other professional partners as well.

Oakley Smith
Founder/Owner, Project Manager


Oakley oversees all Smith & McClain projects, working closely with division and project managers. Oakley sets expectations and ensures that all work meets the company standard. Outside of work, Oakley enjoys spending time with his family, skiing and mountain biking as often as he can. Oakley lives in his hometown of Lincoln with his wife, Katie, and their two boys.

Kevin McClain
Owner, Operations, and Project Manager

Kevin wears many hats at Smith & McClain, including overseeing day to day business operation and working with clients and projects managers by lending focus on budgeting and schedule coordination. Communication is key to Kevin as he believes it is the basis for helping customers to achieve their building's design and performance aspirations.  He takes a methodical approach to his work and finds that keeping a good, and sometimes sarcastic, sense of humor is not to be overrated. Kevin enjoys an active lifestyle including running, basketball, and tennis, and lives in his hometown of Lincoln with his wife Molly.

Kyle Birchmore
Lead Carpenter

Kyle has a degree in Construction Management from Vermont Technical College and has spent 10 years working in the construction industry. He joined the Smith & McClain team in 2018. Kyle lives in Addison with his wife, Emma, in their self-built timber frame home. When he's not at work, Kyle can usually be found working around the house, hunting, or cheering on the Yankees.

Andrew Lajeunesse

New to Smith & McClain in 2021, Andrew brings his good attitude and pleasent demenor to the jobsite everyday. Andrew lives in Lincoln and enjoys hunting and fishing when not swinging a hammer!

Ben Caldecott

Originally from California, Ben started working in capentry, plumbing, and landscaping in 2005. He honed his craft as a plumber's apprentice and carpenter for a custom home builder and eventually started his own business as a contractor. Ben moved to Vermont in 2017. He married his wife Hillary, and they started their new life living in a yurt he built. In 2019 he bought a home in Bristol where he now enjoys gardening, working on the house, woodworking, hiking, and listening to live music. He's worked for Smith & McClain since 2017.

Brett Kirchhoff

Brett is a laid back and steady guy. He has been working as a carpenter in commercial and high end residential market for for 20 years and has worked for Smith & McClain since 2018. He enjoys working on home projects, taking care of his property, and raises show rabbits in his free time. Brett is a third generation Vermonter, living in Lincoln with his wife and two kids.

Wilder Yost

Prior to joining the Smith & McClain team, Wilder worked in New York City focusing on high end interior build-outs for retail clients. This history led to a talent with finish work, but he is also curious and enjoys learning new things. Wilder is a likeable guy with a great sense of humor, and when he isn't on the jobsite he raising chickens and enjoying life with his wife, Dana, in Lincoln.

James Needham
Project Foreman

James joined the Smith & McClain team in 2013 and has over 20 years experience in the industry. He is a skilled carpenter and previously ran his own building company. James has an AAS in Construction Management and is well versed in best practices and material specifications. He enjoys the challenges that building high-performance custom homes provides and is an excellent problem solver with an eye for details. James grew up in Middlebury, living now in Lincoln. When he isn't on the jobsite, he enjoys Nascar, riding motorcycles, and hunting.

Matt Elder
Project Manager - Building and Solar Divisions

Matt is a project manager for both the building division and the solar division. His understanding of technical specificaitons and excellent attnetion to detail make him an asset in this role. .Though he grew up in Bristol, he now lives in Starksboro with his wife, Rebecca, and their twin boys. When he's not coordinating crews and projects, Matt is an avid hunter and fisherman, works in the family sugarbush, and coaches local youth sports.

Brad Broughton
Insulation Foreman

Brad is Smith & McClain's in-house weatherization specialist and certified cellulose installer. He has years of experience meeting technical and architectural specifications, and a deep understanding of the ever-changing technology in the field, which has provided him a strong understanding of building science. Brad primarily oversees insulation projects for homeowners and other general contractors in the greater Addison County area. His superior attention to detail is crucial to the achievement of the energy performance required by clients and architects. When he's not lending his thoroughness to Smith and McClain projects, Brad enjoys road trips with his family, catching live music, and outdoor adventuring no matter what VT season it is. He lives in his hometown of Middlebury with his wife, Nikki, and their two sons.

Doug Yantz

Doug comes to Smith & McClain as a 2nd generation carpenter with over 30 years experience in the trades. Doug's favorite part of building is the framing process. Doug lives in Colchester with his dog Shitzu and in his free time enjoys deer hunting, playing golf, bowling and walking his dog.

Jeffrey Mayo
Master Electrician

Jeff is a licensed master electrician with 11 years of electrical experience. He began electrical work in high school and joined Smith and McClain in 2014. He now leads our Electrical Division. Jeff's charisma, sense of humor, knowledge, and personable style bring value to the customer experience. In his spare time Jeff can be found hunting, fishing, working on his house, and raising his young children in Lincoln.

Colin Giordano
Licensed Electrician

Colin is a license electrician who brings with him the positive "can do" attitude and friendly demeanor that our customers have come to expect. Colin lives in Ferrisburgh, enjoys sports, and is a classic car enthusiast with a hot rod of his own. 

Ben Cook
Carpenter Apprentice/Solar Installer

Ben has been a part of the Smith & McClain team since 2015 and during that time has developed a true jack-of-all-trades skill set. Though he has worked across all of our divisions, he most enjoys the finish carpentry. When he's not hard at work, Ben enjoys fishing, hunting, and mountain biking with his friends. He currently lives in Ripton, VT.

Peter Bicknell
Project Foreman

Peter has over 30 years of experience working with carpenters and managing construction projects. His own skills in carpentry and even personality are beneficial to any project with which he is charged. When he's not working, Peter enjoys the simple things, like spending time with his family and working on his home in Addison. He also is active in the community, coaching Mt. Abe's swim team.

Corey Many

Corey brings 30 years construction experience to Smith & McClain. As a son of a builder, he has been around building his whole life. He has done it all - from framing to finish work. He most appreciates the finish aspects of his work, as this is where artistry can be appreciated and gives the building it's character. When he isn't on the jobsite, Corey can be found playing drums for local rock and blues bands. Corey lives in Salisbury with his wife and son.

Will Vaughan
Electrical Apprentice

Will is a second-year electrical apprentice working towards his journeyman license. Prior to joining Smith & McClain, he worked in banking, and a variety of other fields, which could be the resaon behind the quiet, analytical, deameanor and steady approach he takes with projects and customers. Will enjoys sports, particularly the Philadelphia teams, as well as fishing, backpacking, and hiking with his dog. He grew up in Vergennes and now lives in Ferrisburgh.

Ronald Yantz

Ron's experience in fast paced environments, including the roofing trade, has led to his love for problem solving and drive to keep busy.  He's now preparing to move to his next challenge, becoming an electrical apprentice.  Ron enjoys working with his hands and tackling projects around his home or with his car.  He lives in North Ferrisbugh his girlfriend, Gavin, and their dog, Sargent.

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