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, Project Manager


Early in his building career, Oakley was drawn to the building sciences, particularly the products and practices that support high performance home construction. Now, with over a decade of experience in the Green Building industry, Oakley has developed a passion for providing customers with an enjoyable experience from start to finish of their building project. He started Smith & McClain with a vision to create beautiful, enduring, and energy efficient buildings tailored to suit anyone's budget.

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 the jobs themselves, Oakley continues to build relationships with local suppliers, industry partners, and the many skilled tradespeople in our area so as to best service our clients. His experience as a job foreman and trained carpenter has provided him with a strong understanding of technical details. He regular attends seminars, trainings, and has earned several certifications to support the variety of products and services offered by Smith & McClain. 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
Operations, Project Manager

After working as a trained carpenter and then as a Construction Manager for Capital Improvement Projects in New York City, Kevin developed an interest in the customer experience aspect of the building industry. He came to recognize the importance of clear communication with clients on their building design and performance aspirations, and for provision of budgets and timelines. Kevin is passionate about maintaining a company culture that embodies mutual respect, cooperation and innovation. Kevin wears many hats at Smith & McClain. He not only manages all administrative functions of the business, but he lends support to our project managers while also managing his own projects in the building division. Luckily, Kevin take a methodical approach to his work and finds that keeping a good sense of humor is not to be overrated. Kevin grew up in Lincoln and lives in Bristol with his partner, Molly.

James Needham
Carpenter, Construction Site Foreman

James is a skilled carpenter and a foreman for projects in the Building Division. James ran his own building outfit before joining the Smith & McClain team in 2013. He has an AAS in Construction Management and, with over 20 years of experience in the industry, is well versed in best practices and material specifications. James is an excellent problem-solver with an eye for details. He enjoys the challenges that high-performance custom homes provide. James grew up in Middlebury and lives in Lincoln, where he is an elected town selectman.

Matt Elder
Solar Project Manager

Matt joined Smith & McClain in 2015 and leads our solar division. He worked for the past three years in the renewable energy field independently and spent the previous 12 years in the residential building industry in custom home construction. He received his A.S. in Construction Practice and Management from Vermont Technical College in 2004. Since then Matt has attended trainings including Green Remodeling Practices and Historic Preservation (Yestermorrow) and is a Certified Weatherization Installer (VTC) and Weatherization Energy Auditor & Building Analyst (BPI).  He is also our heat pump installation technician with RSES Refrigerant Usage certification.

He lives in Starksboro with his wife, Rebecca, and their twin boys. He grew up in Bristol, is an avid hunter and fisherman, and works in the family sugarbush when not coaching local youth sports.

Caleb Elder
Solar Division Sales and Marketing, Heat pump Sales

Caleb brings his diverse set of skills to Smith & McClain, working with clients to help them navigate the sometimes confusing world of solar energy production. He works with folks looking to offset their residential electric loads, as well as commercial clients interested in large installations capable of increasing their businesses sustainability and locking in their cost of energy.

Brad Broughton
Insulation Division Foreman, Painter & Finisher

Brad is Smith & McClain's in-house insulation and weatherization technician. Brad is a certified cellulose installer with a strong understanding of building science. Brad has years of experience meeting technical and architectural specifications, and a deep understanding of the ever-changing technology in the field. Along with supporting the Building Division, Brad oversees insulation projects for homeowners and other general contractors in the greater Addison County area. Brad's superior attention to detail is crucial to the achievement of the energy performance demanded by clients and architects. This thoroughness supports Brad's painting, finishing, demolition, stonework, and landscaping jobs too. Brad lives in his hometown of Middlebury with his wife, Nikki, and their two sons.

Jeffrey Mayo
Electrical Division Project Manager

Jeff joined Smith and McClain in 2014 and now leads our Electrical Division. Jeff is a licensed master electrician with 11 years of electrical experience. Jeff's knowledgeable and personable style brings value to the customer experience. In his spare time Jeff can be found hunting, fishing, working on his house, and raising his young children.

Colin Giordano
Staff Electrician

Colin works in our Electrical Division. Colin brings with him the positive "can do" attitude and friendly demeanor that our customers expect.

Ben Cook
Building/Solar Division

Ben works across all of the divisions of the company as a jack of all trades. Ben lives in Ripton, Vermont.

Peter Bicknell

Peter has over 30 years of experience working with qualified carpenters and managing construction projects. When he's not working, Peter enjoys spending time with his family or working on his home. He also is active in the community, coaching Mt. Abe's swim team.

Corey Many

As a son of a builder, Corey has been around building his whole life and brings 30 years experience (not including his childhood) to Smith & McClain.  He has done it all - from carpentry 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 site, Corey can be found playing drums for local rock and blues bands.  Corey lives in Salisbury with his wife and son.  

Will Vaughan
Will Vaughan
Electrical Apprentice

Will grew up in Vergennes and now lives in Ferrisburgh. He enjoys fishing, backpacking, and hiking with his dog. He has worked in a variety of fields that have allowed him to develop strong technical problem solving skills and competencies in delivering quality customer service.  Will is a second-year electrical apprentice working towards his electrical license.

Kyle Birchmore
Lead Carpenter

Kyle joined Smith & McClain in 2018. He's spent the last 10 years working in construction and has a degree in Construction Management from Vermont Technical College. 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 enjoying sports.

Brett Kirchhoff

Brett is a third generation Vermonter who lives in Lincoln with his wife and two kids. He's worked in capentry his entire career and raises show rabbits in his free time. 

Ben Caldecott

Originally from California, Ben started working in capentry, plumbing, and landscaping in 2005, honing his craft as a plumbers apprentice and carpenter for a custom home builder. Later, he started his own business as a contractor. He moved back to Vermont in 2017, married his Wife Hillary, and started his married 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 going to live music. He's worked for Smith & McClain since 2017. 

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