CHRIS SWASEY

OWNER, PRESIDENT

Chris brings over a decade of experience in frame to finish renovation, new construction, and fine woodworking to his leadership of Lewis Creek Company. Chris grew up in Chittenden County and got into woodworking at a young age, starting his career working alongside his mother, a fellow carpenter. Chris’s favorite part about Lewis Creek is the client service. That partnership is what drives him, and he loves connecting with homeowners to create custom spaces. He partners with clients to understand their vision and challenges, and then build optimal, elegant solutions to fit their lifestyle and budget. Chris is a Passive House Certified Builder and is passionate about applying green building principles to improve a home’s comfort and efficiency.

Chris enjoys playing his guitar and singing along with the radio too loud. People are surprised to learn that Chris has acted in many plays and musicals. A Vermonter through and through, Chris values frugality and longevity and can often be found repairing furniture or fixing tools his basement. His favorite destination is Cape Cod and he’s visited China twice. His guilty pleasure is overindulging in coffee and baked goods.


 

MARK BOUDREAU

FOUNDER, DIRECTOR OF SALES AND DEVELOPMENT

Mark works closely with clients in determining their vision for their project, defining the scope of work, and supporting the entire building process. Mark grew up in a Champlain Valley family of tradespeople – carpenters, masons and steel workers. He has a broad and deep portfolio in new residential construction and remodeling, and he is a devoted educator who loves to see others gain confidence through the powerful vehicle of working ‘hands-on’. Mark specializes in systems thinking, design and operations management. He enjoys facilitating and instigating creativity and innovation and works best at the intersection where vision becomes reality. Mark is passionate about problem solving and leveraging holistic and “out of the box” thinking to solve many problems simultaneously.

Mark enjoys going on adventures with his kids and his wife. His hobbies include mountain biking, running, fly fishing, off-road adventure motorcycling and long distance hiking. People are surprised to learn that Mark put himself through college and graduate school working as a bike mechanic. His favorite destinations are Nepal and Moab, Utah—he can’t get enough of the mountain biking out there! Mark’s guilty pleasure is binge-watching Chuck on Netflix.


 

NATALIE BECKWITH

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Natalie comes to Lewis Creek with a background in business administration, non-profit administration, program management, and consumer research. A Burlington native, Natalie attended college in Boston and then spent several years working in the healthcare high-tech industry there before returning to Vermont. At Lewis Creek, Natalie is responsible for the finance, human resources, marketing, and other business operations of the company. She thrives in an environment where she gets to wear many hats. Natalie is passionate about people and process. She strives to support the overall success of the Lewis Creek team and our client projects by ensuring smooth, efficient operations and continuous improvement to systems and communication.

Natalie enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, hiking, and planning adventures near and far. She serves on the board of Very Merry Theatre, a local non-profit organization, and as Clerk for the Huntington Conservation Commission. Her favorite destination is the ocean, more specifically the beaches of Big Sur in California or the Cinque Terra in Italy. Natalie’s guilty pleasures are binge-watching The Office on Netflix and chocolate.


 

SEAN LAUGHLIN

DESIGN AND PROJECT MANAGER

Sean has tremendous experience in every aspect of the building process, from design to completion. He partners with our clients to understand their vision and develop beautiful, functional designs to meet their needs and exceed their expectations. Sean is compelled in his work by the opportunity to change people’s views—not their opinions, but what they see, the space they walk in, where their eye is drawn. He loves to hear how different people feel when they wake up in their new master bedroom, or start their day in their new kitchen or bath. The design of a home, the space we occupy daily, can transform the flow of our lives and how we feel each day.

Sean loves to bike and once rode his bicycle all the way across the United States. He considers composting one of his top hobbies and really enjoys turning kitchen scraps into soil. Sean’s favorite destination is the ocean, anywhere in the world. His guilty pleasure is eating chocolate before bed.


 

TINA MANEEN 

OFFICE MANAGER/MARKETING COORDINATOR

Tina brings 15 years of experience working in the communications industry, primarily for newspapers and magazines. Her passion for design in the communication world translated easily to the design-build world; we too are given an idea (could be a napkin drawing), raw materials and a deadline. At Lewis Creek, Tina specializes in graphic design, web content, data entry, and business administration. She likes being behind the scenes and making sure things run smoothly. Tina’s strengths include her attention to detail and ability to quickly learn whatever skills necessary to get the job done.

Tina enjoys going for walks with her three kids and dog, and having family movie nights. People are surprised to learn that she wrestled competitively junior year of high school. She was actually supposed to wrestle her now husband, but he didn’t make weight. They’ve been married 13 years. Tina’s favorite destination is New York for an annual family gathering. Her guilty pleasure is chocolate of any kind.



PETER REYNOLDS

LEAD CARPENTER

Peter worked in the trades through high school and college but took a desk job in the high-tech industry upon graduating. After 5 years of work that lacked tangible results, he had had enough. He then got a job as a carpenter’s apprentice and started a new career. 13 years later, Peter has a wealth of experience in remodeling and specializes in finish work and high-end cabinetry. Peter appreciates the tangible nature of the work every day. He particularly enjoys creating spaces that families will enjoy and kids will grow up in. Peter is also passionate about the stewardship and restoration of homes built 50, 60, 100+ years ago. With proper maintenance and thoughtful updates, older homes can often be adapted to meet the needs of current tenants and be cherished for generations,

Peter enjoys cooking, skiing, and woodworking in his free time. People are surprised to learn that Peter was a poetry major in college and went to school for a time in England. His favorite destination is Montreal. His guilty pleasure is closely following politics and being well informed.



MIKE DAW

LEAD CARPENTER

Mike is a recent transplant to Vermont from New York. He is a skilled carpenter specializing in frame to finish renovation. Mike stands out for his attention to detail throughout a project and his passion to do the job right. Mike values quality, efficiency, and beauty and he works hard to serve clients the perfect balance of all three.

Mike enjoys mountain biking and spending time with his wife, dog, and cat. His favorite destination is Yosemite National Park. Mike’s guilty pleasure is indulging in sugary, sour candy, especially when he’s looking for a pick-me-up on a tough day.



ROB BLOUNT 

CARPENTER

Rob was a farmer for many years before discovering his passion for building. He has been in the construction industry for 18+ years. Rob enjoys the temporal aspect of construction, working hands-on a project from start to finish and then moving on to the next challenge. Rob’s strengths include his ability to look at a project holistically, anticipate challenges, see what needs to be done, and take action. He is a skilled carpenter and problem solver, and a careful custodian of clients’ vision for their homes.

Rob enjoys cooking and reading non-fiction. People are often surprised to discover that he has degrees in both Business and Mathematics, but just loves working with his hands. Rob’s favorite destination is New Orleans. His guilty pleasure is the generous use of real butter.



SAM SHARRF

CARPENTER

Sam was raised in Arlington, Massachusetts where he started building at a young age (mostly forts and Legos). He lived in Burlington for a time before moving back to Boston where he cut his teeth as a carpenter. Sam specializes in trim work and interior renovations. He is passionate about creating a beautiful finished project and demonstrates immense care in his work. Sam recently relocated to Vermont and just had his first child, Livia on January 30, 2017.

Sam enjoys skiing, ultimate frisbee, and woodworking projects. People are surprised to find out that he waited tables at an Indian restaurant in college. Sam’s favorite destination is Squam Lake, New Hampshire. His guilty pleasure is chocolate, which seems to be a vice shared by most of the Lewis Creek team.



JOSH SWASEY

CARPENTER’S APPRENTICE

Josh was born in Richmond and grew up in Burlington. He lived in Australia and in Austin, Texas for a time before ultimately returning to Vermont. Josh was drawn to carpentry by the desire to work with his hands and the opportunity to be creative. He is compelled in his work by seeing a space transformed into something new and unique.

Josh enjoys music and spending time with his wife and son. He’s also an avid home brewer of beer and other fermented treats. His favorite destination is his bed.

 



EMILY MORSE

DESIGN AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Emily comes from a long line of builders and tradespeople. She has a degree in architecture and even spent some time as an apprentice carpenter before focusing on the project management/big picture side of things. Emily is compelled in her work by a natural fascination with the build environment and passion for the relationships we build with our clients.

Emily spends her free time skiing, shouting Jeopardy answers at the TV, and petting her dog. People are often surprised to discover that Emily can name all of the countries in the world from memory. Emily’s favorite destination is Queenstown, New Zealand. Her guilty pleasure is watching reality competition TV shows (The Amazing Race, Survivor, etc.).



CHRIS LOWNEY

CARPENTER

Chris has been in the trades since his teens. After high school he spent a few years as a tree climber, building obstacle courses and hanging zip lines. Chris attended The Vermont Woodworking School where he received an Associates Degree in Fine Furniture Construction and Design. Chris has eye for fine detail and loves watching the transformation as a project progresses.

Chris is an adrenaline junkie and enjoys downhill skiing and other outdoor recreation. His favorite place is Innsbruck, Austria.

 



LIZ WALLACE

CARPENTER’S APPRENTICE

Liz started in handy work after a change in careers and a move to Philadelphia. Missing Vermont, she decided to move back home and continue to fuel her passion in the trades. Liz thrives on working with her hands to produce positive results and serving her community. Her specialities are tile work, getting dirty, and handling a sawzall.

Liz enjoys painting, metal sculpture, and being outdoors, especially in the middle of the woods. People are surprised to find out that Liz was on the bowling team in high school, even though she’s not a very good bowler… Her guilty pleasure is iced coffee with chocolate milk.

 

 

Lewis Creek Company’s core values are central to the way we work and how we approach each project and client relationship.

Advocacy for You and the Environment

We are your fiercest advocates.  Bringing all the necessary resources to bear on a project can be a complex affair with scheduling, costs, resource availability and many other elements.  Our focus is on getting you the best possible service and products.  We advocate for the materials and practices that fit with your goals.  Then we use your goals to guide us in selecting “green” materials and “green” building practices. From renewable energy, to building a home that uses natural resources wisely, we have the training, certifications, and the field-experience to make your house as “green” as you wish.

Flexibility

We are outstanding in our ability to be flexible in service to our clients.

Projects can have many twists and turns.  They will be both expected and unexpected.  There will be many things that come up in the course of a project that will require flexibility.  Foremost is our ability to accommodate changes and to turn difficult situations into opportunities for our clients.

Integrity and Craftsmanship

Many professionals talk about these values.  We “walk” them.  The evidence is in our work and what our clients say about us.  We are proud of our work and our involvement in our community.  Our team is highly trained in both theory and real-world experience.  We hold the virtues of integrity and craft in high esteem.  Tours of past and current projects can be arranged to demonstrate this.

Communication | Transparency | Partnership

Communication

Communication is the cornerstone of a successful project.  Absence of it results in conflict, confusion and frustration.  We strive towards clear and open communication with our clients from start to finish.  Building your home is a rare and life changing process.  It should be experienced and remembered as a positive and enriching time.

Transparency

We offer as much detail as is possible related to the costs of a project, our material margins and access to our subcontractor partners.  You will see this evidenced in our quotations which are among the most detailed available.  You will also see it demonstrated in many other aspects of our daily work with you.

Transparency

We offer as much detail as is possible related to the costs of a project, our material margins and access to our subcontractor partners.  You will see this evidenced in our quotations which are among the most detailed available.  You will also see it demonstrated in many other aspects of our daily work with you.

Partnership

As your partner we use all channels of information to give you advice, perspective, and opinions to help you achieve your overall goals. You are in the driver’s seat when making the decisions. Our job is to give you the options, the implications of each, and our recommendations. Once you make your decisions, it’s our job to make them happen.

We partner with the highest quality trades-people from the electrical, plumbing, painting, roofing, heating and ventilation community. They are our partners because they continually demonstrate the values we articulate here.

Woven through the fabric of our partnerships is the environment and our mission to provide green, healthy, and sustainable homes. Over the last five years, we and our clients have partnered to reduce our environmental footprint by an average of more than 30%.

Chris Swasey
18A Morse Drive
Essex Junction, VT 05452
802-922-8379
chris@lewiscreekcompany.com

Mark Boudreau mark@lewiscreekcompany.com
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