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Set in Stone

When coming up with ideas for the Build The USA home, our designer (Chris Gooden) insisted on decorative stone on the front of the house. Ok, he didn’t really insist. He drew it because he thought we’d like it. We … Continue reading

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Press – Round 2

The Build the USA story was again picked up by papers around the country. Thanks to these papers (and more) for covering the importance of American manufacturing. Stay tuned for an upcoming story by Chase Cain, Fox 35 News.

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Hang in There

Ok, technically, a hammock is not part of the construction. But, to us, the home wouldn’t be complete without it. My parents gave this as an early housewarming gift and it has already been home to many weekend naps. Thank … Continue reading

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Built Like a Tank

The septic system was installed last week. This includes both the drain field piping and septic tank. The tank is manufactured by Infiltrator Systems, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of plastic drainage containers. The drain field piping is manufactured by … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel follows up

The Orlando Sentinel today featured a follow up story on the Build The USA house. The article, written by the Sentinel’s Mary Shanklin, covers the details of the project and unveils some of the challenges faced over the past 6 … Continue reading

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Tile One On

The decision for flooring was a mix. For bedrooms, it was an easy choice… wood (we’ll discuss that later). But for the great room, kitchen and bathrooms, tile was chosen for its durability. You see, with a lake in the … Continue reading

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Put a Lid on it

As we look back on the timing of our construction, I think we timed it perfectly… to build almost exactly during the rainy season. So, it only made sense that the roof was put on once the rainy season had … Continue reading

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Smooth Over

The drywall was finished last week, and only two products were used for all the taping, bedding, and skimming. Joint Compound – Proform Brand (National Gypsum) Joint Tape – Proform Brand (National Gypsum)

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Cover Up

Drywall started this week and in 2 short days, the hanging of the drywall (mudding and taping are next) was complete. It’s amazing to watch these guys work. All products used during this step of construction were American made. Drywall … Continue reading

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Soffits Installed

The soffits on the Build the USA home were just completed, and what a difference soffits make. We picked our trim color prior to picking the color for the soffits (the soffits come pre-finished) and fortunately Mike Harman, from Aluminum … Continue reading

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