MacKenzie Builder Services Ltd., 262 Howe Point Road, Souris, and Legacy Homes Ltd., 12745 St. Peters Road, Ten Mile House
Darren MacKenzie received his Red Seal Interprovincial Carpentry License in 1995 after completing four years of apprenticeship training with various contractors in the Eastern Kings area. During this time, he gained experience, knowledge, and skills by working in the kitchen cabinetry and fine furniture field.
Darren also previously worked as a home inspector for home buyers and insurance companies. He also conducted energy audits and diagnostic inspections and suggested ways to solve moisture-related concerns, energy efficiency, health-related concerns, and building code compliance.
In 2007, after more than 30 years of gaining knowledge, experience and developing construction skills, Darren opened his own business, MacKenzie Builder Services Ltd.
In 2014, Darren was the first builder on PEI to receive a Master Builder’s Designation from the Canadian Home Builders Association.
He continues to expand his knowledge and keeps abreast of new developments in the construction trade through attending courses and lectures hosted by organizations such as:
- National Energy Conservation Association
- PEI Home Builders Association
- Regional Industrial Training Council
- Technical University of Nova Scotia
- Canadian Association for Home Inspectors
- Wood Energy Technical Training program (WETT)
Also in 2014, he started another business, Legacy Homes Ltd., and is the exclusive distributor for Maple Leaf Modular and Mini Homes on PEI.
Hiring needs with Legacy Homes Ltd.
“There are two experienced office administrators at this location,” says Darren. “We are presently looking for a Salesperson who also has project management and estimating knowledge and experience.”
For more information about Legacy Homes Ltd., visit www.legacyhomespei.ca or contact Darren MacKenzie at 902-676-3200.
MacKenzie Builder Services Ltd.
MacKenzie Builder Services offers various services such as kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations, roof repair, and the installation of windows, foundations, stairs, trim, and various types of flooring, including hardwood. The company also does the installation of the modular homes distributed by Legacy Homes.
“We do everything from small residential renovations to large, new commercial and residential construction projects,” says Darren.
“We have also worked with new homeowners from start to finish in the construction of their dream homes. We try to make the process as easy as possible for new owners. It can be daunting for someone who is not familiar with the construction process. We are willing to walk the owners through the process, lending them our experience and knowledge with the hopes that we can alleviate some of the headaches.
“We have also worked with business owners to renovate and upgrade their commercial buildings. Our crew has training and experience in the installation and construction of steel buildings.”
About the staff
“On average, we have about 10 to 25 employees, depending on production, full-time, year-round,” says Darren.
- Office Administrator
- Carpenter’s Helper
- Seam Filler
- Construction Labourer
- Project Manager
Future hiring needs
“Throughout the year, I hire experienced Carpenters, Construction Labourers, and Project Managers. I also source out jobs to Electricians and Plumbers,” says Darren. “I hire about 12 staff with carpentry and seam filling skills during the busier summer months.”
“I prefer to hire experienced people with their Red Seal, but I will hire Carpenters and Carpenter’s Helpers who are willing to learn and have a good attitude, regardless of their educational level.”
Difficult job to fill
Estimator is one of the more challenging positions to fill. It takes knowledge and experience to determine the cost of supply products, collect quotes for materials, and prepare and submit cost estimates.
“I am qualified to estimate job proposals, but I am looking to find a qualified person to assist me. Proper estimating sets the foundation for a good experience for our clients. It is a large time commitment. However, it is imperative that we spend the time to ensure the details of a project are accurate right from the beginning.”
How do you advertise for positions?
Open positions are advertised on the Job Bank and Work PEI. Most hiring is through word-of-mouth.
“I’m responsible for the interviewing and the hiring,” says Darren. “I would rather hire and train people with a good attitude than hire someone who has the skills and a bad attitude.”
How to apply
“Email a resumé or call me directly to arrange a time to meet for an interview,” says Darren.
When working for the company, what are the keys to successful employment?
“Employees need good work ethics, good attitude, and be trustworthy and bondable with no prior police record,” says Darren. “Customers need to be reassured their property is safe while we are on site.
“You must also be willing to do all tasks asked of you. When you start with us, we feel it is important for you to learn how to do everything from shoveling cement to doing detailed finish work. We feel it is important to have everyone try their hand at everything. Not everyone will become skilled finish Carpenters, but at least you will have the knowledge of how it is done. We have employees who had never done finish work before who are now our go-to guys on the crew for finish work.”
How to stand out during the hiring process
“In an interview, appearance is important, so dress semi-professionally,” says Darren. “Be personable, and be prepared by researching the company and finding out what we do.”
“I have hired first-time Labourers who are now licensed Carpenters with us. Some of them are now in supervisory roles. We are willing to work with our employees to assist them in obtaining their certification and Red Seal training.”
Future business plans
“I am considering expanding the business by opening a Charlottetown office,” says Darren.