Gallery: Made-in-USA home debuts in Lake Oswego
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
For Gerald Rowlett of Westlake Development Group, the quest to build a locally sourced house was all about job creation. "It's about teaching people it can be done," he said.
Gerald Rowlett said he feels like he's just built the greenest possible home in the United States.
His business, Westlake Development Group of Happy Valley, will open the doors to its "Made in America" home in Lake Oswego starting this weekend at the Ultimate Open House Tour.
Inspired by a similar home project that went up recently in Bozeman, Mont., Rowlett set out with a $350,000 building budget and sourced 100 percent of the materials he needed to build a single-family home.
"The biggest challenge was the screws and the hardware," Rowlett said. "There were times we changed the dimensions of the screw knowing there were only a handful to choose from."
In all, 50 U.S. companies were tapped for materials for the house and Rowlett, who scoured the Interstate 5 corridor to find as many Oregon sources as possible estimates about 75 percent of the home building budget was spent locally.
"That's just one home," Rowlett said. "Can you imagine the impact of what we could do to our local economy if we replicate this?"
Read more and take a look inside the Made-in-America home by clicking on the image above.
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