Daniel Reitsma - Founder (Diploma of Building and Construction, Licensed Builder)
Daniel has been in the building industry for over 24 years. He began his building apprenticeship in 1991 working on up-market, modern designed houses in the North Shore suburbs of Sydney.
He continued learning about building and gaining experience on many varied projects throughout his travels in Canada, England and France from 2001-2004.
He continued to work in Sydney with a large building firm and in 2005 started his own building firm called EF Building Solutions.
In 2007 he made a 'tree change' to Bulahdelah.
Since moving to the Hunter area, Daniel has built architectural homes in Newcastle, project homes in Maitland and completed an experiment project called "The Longhouse" at the Hunter Valley. This involved working with and teaching architectural university students to complete the build. This project resulted in Daniel and EF Building Solutions winning "Best Use of Timber" by the Master Builders Association in 2013.
MAAP House has become a project that Daniel was enthusiastic about immediately after meeting Edward Duc, the architect who designed the panel house system that we use. This is because of the environmental friendly aspects and it being an answer to the housing supply and demand issues in Australia.
Daniel is a qualified builder who completed his building diploma in 2014, comes with great references, has an eye for detail and is always willing to try innovative and contemporary builds.
Adam Reitsma - Technology
Adam Reitsma is an IT professional with over a decade of experience in web applications. He obtained a Bachelor of IT from UTS and has worked on the construction and management of a range of websites and applications in the insurance and financial services industry.
Daniel Douma - Finances
Daniel Douma is a fund controller for a private investment firm in Sydney, NSW. He has worked in a range of accounting roles over the last ten years, and manages the financial plans for MAAP House.
Edward Duc (B.Arch. M.Arch. Fraia.)
Edward developed the initial concept that influenced our design for a hybrid factory produced housing system. This means that a MAAP House’s general enclosure comprises of panels and the bathrooms and kitchens are produced in pods/volumetric forms.
Edward saw that the housing industry continues to require months, if not a year, to construct a house whereas it is common for a multi-story building to be completed in a year or two. Edward found that this is due to the commercial acceptance of standard and repeatable components. So in 1979, Edward applied the commercial principles to the construction of a house in Chatswood, Sydney. He built a three bedroom, two bathroom house designed using dry construction, post and beam structure and panellised components in 5 weeks.
In terms of sustainability, Edward is researching, in his PhD, the amount of waste in the standard housing industry and the ever-increasing costs of construction. This has led Edward to design a system that can be built in a factory, thus minimising waste and cost, enables flexible and customizable offerings, a choice of finishes and only requires 4-5 workers on-site for a short period of time.
Supporting this pragmatic work Edward is continuing as a scholar at the University of Newcastle, seeking to find what aspects of sustainability will influence attitudes of consumers in regard to production of housing by non-traditional methods.