Why I Build: Sean Flynn

A craftsman and business owner demonstrates that a modern construction firm can thrive without compromising a core commitment to the quality of the work.

Jun 13, 2018

Custom builder and general contractor Sean Flynn has that particular type of energy that’s both infectious and inspiring. Spend any amount of time with him, and you’ll likely leave with the zeal to build a new house, remodel your current one, or even launch a new business venture.

Sean, co-owner of Silver Maple Construction along with good friend Mike Steele, specializes in carefully crafted homes throughout the mid-Vermont region. Like lots of business owners and general contractors, he wears many hats these days to support the growth and success of his business. But it wasn’t that long ago that he wore a tool belt full time. Though he’s made the definitive transition to managing his business, it’s his field experience that comes through most in the operations of his company. Sean has a deep respect for the work to be done, an absolute commitment to getting it done well, and a genuine admiration for those he has charged to do it.

To look at the Silver Maple model is to take a refreshing look at how modern-day building companies can find significant success without compromising their core values or the quality of their products. Sean is the type of owner who doesn’t chase scale for the sake of growth. He’s building a business that has authentic meaning and staying power, and this trickles down into every project he and his team execute.

In this episode of Why I Build, we spend the day with Sean as he takes us through his business operations, which includes a full-service cabinet shop and metal shop. Then, we hop onto one of his current builds, an extraordinary and modern farmhouse on the shores of Lake Champlain.

View more great content by builder and business owner Sean Flynn:

“Three Bath Designs in One Cohesive Style”
“Weaving Wood and Tile Into A Stunning Floor”
“Video Series: Wood and Slate Basket-Weave Floor”
Find more exclusive content to help you build better businesses at Fine Homebuilding’s Building Business blog.

Fine Homebuilding has long supported those who share a commitment for quality building and craftsmanship. Continuing in that tradition, our “Why I Build” series tells the stories of men and women who have sought out careers in the building trades. Follow along as we celebrate the spirit of building.

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New Kitchen Ideas That Work Book

Taunton Press recently updated their New Kitchen Idea Book which includes two of our projects.

Page 81 – Bottom left photo features the “Middlebury Home” project.

Page 99 – Bottom right photo features the “Bespoke Kitchen” project.

Page 103 – Top left photo features the “Bespoke Kitchen” project.

Page 123 – The top photo features the “Middlebury Home” project.

Visit the project galleries of featured work:

Middlebury Home

Bespoke Kitchen

Reprinted with permission ©2016 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Photography by Susan Teare.

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The Lincoln Gap home is featured in the Summer 2016 “Houses” issue #259 of Fine Homebuilding. MB Architecture and Design was the designer.

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We have a number of projects featured in the Fine Homebuilding Blog:

Kitchen Storage

Better Homes & Gardens®

The Lincoln Gap home is featured in the December 2016 issue of Better Homes and Gardens® magazine. The 8 page article is titled “Christmas in the Country.”

Better Homes and Gardens® magazine is the fourth best selling magazine in the United States with circulation listed at over 7.6 million copies.

Designer: MB Architecture and Design

Reprinted with permission from Better Homes and Gardens® magazine. ©2016 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Fine Homebuilding: Bathroom Planning Guide

Another one of our projects was recently featured in the Spring 2013 issue of The Best of Fine Homebuilding – Bathroom Planning Guide . This bathroom features live-edge custom wood counter tops. View the images below, which include images from the magazine, or visit this project gallery here.

Reprinted with permission ©2013 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Photography by Susan Teare.