Guest Post by Stew MacInnes of Maximus Extreme Living Solutions
My name is Stew MacInnes, I am the owner of Maximus Extreme Living Solutions, based out of Ogden, Utah.
My company manufactures self-contained living units, which in lay terms would probably best be described as eco-friendly, tiny homes that are on massive amounts of steroids!
My work history and background would have probably suggested that I ultimately would not have ended up in this role as an owner of a manufacturing company.
I have worked for more than twenty one years in the real estate industry as a Principal Real Estate Broker and the Branch New Homes director for (at that particular time) the second largest Coldwell Banker franchise in the United States.
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I have conducted literally hundreds of pre-qualification and needs assessment interviews with customers and clients over the past two decades. The interviews that I conducted with customers and clients focused on three primary areas; needs, wants and location which were filtered against the following three guiding reality checks… their imagination, their pocket-book and the laws of physics.
I learned that the first three areas were rarely in sync with the latter three areas; but once they (the customer or client) were able to sync or merge their own internal thoughts, the ultimate result usually turned out really well. My background is only relevant to this story because it helps to frame how I have approached the design process and formation of Maximus Extreme Living Solutions.
Fast forward from the two decades of real estate pre-qualification interviews, to multiple field interviews of workers that were/are involved in the exploration and extraction of domestic energy. I used the same basic interview techniques to conduct the field interviews in order to help me formulate the direction I was going to take Maximus Extreme Living Solutions.
The results from those interviews ultimately served as the design framework from which my company originated. During those interviews I learned that those hard working folks had some very specific and universal needs as it pertained to their particular line of work. They, almost to a man expressed four common needs; the need for safety, the need to stay warm and or cool depending on their specific location, the need for comfort and lastly they all insisted on wanting a place to stay that felt like “home.”
This was another way of saying that they did not like the feel of a traditional “man-camp” dwelling nor did they want to live in a commercial version of little box on the prairie.
So with results of those interviews in hand, I began the task of formulating the design criteria that I would use as a template for my product. I researched multiple web-sites, builders, architects and designers. I viewed and was impressed with Jay Shafer’s company and designs along with several others.
I was most impressed with Tiny Home Builder’s founder, Dan Louche’s product. So I contacted Dan and had him modify a plan for me and once he and I completed the design modifications, I gave my crew the task of completely deconstructing Dan’s fine work . We maintained the basic external look of Dan’s design but went to work at really beefing up the product (as I referenced earlier, this is where the steroids were introduced).
We built our initial proto-type with Structural Insulated Panels (SIP’s) which are light-weight, have high tensile strength, easy to use and have “R” values that are off the charts. Our homes are able to withstand just about any type of temperature extreme. The manufacturer of the SIP product that we use estimated that our homes would be able to withstand temperature dips in the range of 40 to 60 F or below.
We use SIP panels in the floors, walls and roof system. We use either the Gako brand synthetic roof system or a commercial grade fifty year metal roof. We use a twenty by eight foot heavy duty, dual axel, steel framed trailer as a platform. We have two on board water containment tanks. Each tank has a one hundred and five gallon capacity. One is used for fresh water, the other for grey.
Our homes do not have the need for a black water tank due to the fact that we utilize either composting or incinerating toilets. We use either Andersen or Millguard brand, low E, Argon gas windows. We utilize a variety of exterior materials ranging from corrugated metals, custom corbels, rough cut cedar posts, compressed lap boards and composite vertical siding sheets.
In our interiors, we utilize as finish materials, tongue and groove 4 inch pine, bead-board, electrical conduit for functionality, speed and aesthetics and a multitude of other products that catch my crews fancy.
Our products are fit for an endless variety of applications, such as: industrial (mining/oil fields), recreational, tailgating, FEMA and for “doomsday preppers” to be used as bug-out trailers, just to name a few. Our homes are incredibly eco-friendly by design, due to the fact that most of the municipalities where our homes ultimately end up already have infra-structures issues.
Most of these cities support systems (IE sewer, water, electricity, gas, etc.) are operating at (peak plus) levels. So our product is designed to leave a “0” footprint on a town, city, etc.; our product has a no-load factor on sewer/sewer lift systems, electrical grids, water or gas lines. Our homes can be operated for extended periods of time in a completely self-contained mode or utilize conventional hookups.
Maximus Extreme Living Solutions
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