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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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Sticks and Stones – The Movie

The framing is nearly complete on the Build the USA home. Here’s a short video to show the progress from finished slab till now.

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Deck the Walls

While skillfully working around a busy season of thunderstorms, JS & Sons has been hard at work framing the Build The USA home. For the second floor, we chose AdvanTech┬« for the flooring and sheathing. AdvanTech┬« flooring is made using … Continue reading

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Sticks and Stones

The framing for the house started yesterday. Trusses are typically built with yellow pine, but interior walls are most often built with spruce. But since most spruce is foreign sourced, we opted to go with yellow pine throughout. Besides the … Continue reading

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