posted by G Little on August 19, 2013
Diane Sawyer and David Muir did an ABC World News feature about a house built in Bozeman, MT. The house is noteworthy because it is 100 percent made in America. If you have not watched the video, you can see it here. The World News segment became popular enough to rank near the top of a “Made in America” search on Google.
From ABC’s Made in America Site, you can watch a variety of videos about products made in America. You can also find an extensive list of products manufactured in each state. Washington State has 19 manufacturers making a wide range of products including clothing, textiles, cabinets, flooring, sports gear, furniture, and more.
Back to the Bozeman home…the Made in America video claimed builders can make a big impact on our economy. If every builder used just five percent more Made in America materials, it would create 220,000 more jobs.
We couldn’t help but wonder, how much of a G. Little custom home is made in America. So we began digging to find the answer.
As an example, we used a home we built in Jefferson County. Every item used for construction was examined. We talked to our suppliers, and to their suppliers, and our trade partners (plumbers, electricians, etc.) to find out where the products used in construction of the house came from. We turned over every stone and, when the dust settled, we were pleased to learn 89 percent of the Jefferson County Home was made in America.
There is a notable difference between the Bozeman home in the video and a G. Little home.
The Bozeman home was a Spec House, which means that the contractor builds the home with the intent to sell it upon completion. In that situation, the builder makes all of the decisions for product and material selection. G. Little Construction builds custom homes where the design and product selections are driven by customer tastes and preferences.
With that in mind, let’s take another look at our Jefferson County Home.
The home was 89 percent Made in America with the customer making product selection based on taste and preference regardless of where the product was made. Deliberate choices of American made products, could have made the home 98 percent made in America without impacting the cost of the home.
For example, American tile can substitute for Italian tile for the same price. Hardiplank siding, or locally milled cedar, could replace Canadian cedar for a comparable price. Additional guidance in product selection could have brought the Jefferson County Home to 100 percent Made in America for only one or two percent above the budget.
In the past, we would talk with our customers about aesthetics, durability, and cost. Where a product was made was not a factor in our decision making process. Now, we are excited to offer our customers the option to construct a home entirely with products and materials Made in America.