Domestic Bliss
Laura Van Zeyl

Have you heard about the All-American Home? Anders Lewendal and his eponymous construction company in Bozeman, MT, is building the first documented home to be built entirely of American-made products. And when they say “entirely,” they mean it — down to every nail and staple, foundation to rafter.

What began as a client preference for an eco-friendly home that incorporated fewer chemicals became almost a crusade for Lewendal to prove that an all-American home was not only possible, but financially plausible. The 2,000-square-foot home, which is scheduled to be ready for move-in within the next month or so, has an estimated final cost of about $400,000.

Lewendal, who also holds a degree in economics, estimates that if builders incorporated just 5 percent more American-made products in their projects than they currently use, it would create 200,000 more American jobs. Think of it as a grassroots stimulus package of sorts.

There’s certainly been far more attention paid to domestic goods lately, spurred in part by a “Made in America” series that ABC News produced. At this month’s High Point Market, the Suites at Market Square building is even launching a Made in America Pavilion. Lighting exhibitors within the pavilion will include Summit Lamp and Sedgefield by Adams, which received some of that ABC News spotlight.

Since we have a significant Canadian audience, I always wonder how this sort of patriotic patronage plays with them. But this is a drumbeat that I expect will only get louder, particularly as the sound reverberates as a positive economic impact in our local markets.

About this author

Laura Van Zeyl

Laura Van Zeyl is the Publisher/Editorial Director of Residential Lighting and Home Fashion Forecast magazines, and has been covering the lighting and home furnishings industries since 1993. In 2014, she was named one of "100 Women of Inspiration" by Today's Chicago Woman magazine.

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