Entirely American

We thought we had the framing package covered (studs, rim joist, sheathing, decking, trusses, floor joists).  It turns out that most of the OSB and rim joist materials are made in Canada. We’re not saying we shouldn’t buy rim from Canada in the future if it’s the best value available. But, for our project, we want to make the case that we can build the house entirely with American produced products. To that end, we are using American plywood, TJI’s (manufactured floor joists) and LVL (laminated veneer lumber) for the rim.

10 responses to “Entirely American”

  1. Carol says:

    My mom used to work for a plywood/lumber company. They sold primarily to Canada. Just because the wood comes from Canada, does not mean that it is Canadian lumber; it could just as well be made from American timber. A bit ‘round-about’, admittedly, but it might be considered American made.

    • Jake says:

      Hello Carol,

      You make a very good point about the origins of materials and who manufactures them. In our case, the main idea is to support American labor and materials so we can increase our GDP and the number of jobs in the United States. For this reason, if the timber is American but the lumber is manufactured in Canada, we would prefer to use American timber that is manufactured in America so we can support our American laborers. Thank you for the questions/interest and keep them coming!

  2. Bill Hults says:


    Terrific video. We built infill housing in Chicago using precast concrete walls that are 100% thermally efficient. Can you forward/post a list of the American made materials and their companies?
    Bill Hults
    PS Great idea.

    • Jake says:

      Hello Bill,

      Thank you for your interest and comments! I am currently in the process of making a materials list of the to date materials used on the home. They will be posted on the All American website later this week. Thank you for your interest!!

  3. Eliz Tritthart says:

    How far will this house be finished before being featured nationally. It is possible to include American made textiles as part of the project?

    Elizabeth Tritthart

    • Jake says:

      Hello Elizabeth,

      The insulation is being installed today and we will be featured nationally roughly at the end of the week of Sep 12. Yes we will be using All American made textiles as a part of the project that will be supplied by Gallatin Valley Furniture Carpet One in Bozeman. Thank you for your interest!!

    • Andi says:

      Brilliance for free; your parents must be a sweetheart and a crteiefid genius.

  4. As editor of the HBA magazine here in Rhode Island, I can’t tell you how inspired and excited your “All American House” project has made members of the R.I. Builders Association. At last night’s board of directors meeting, it was voted to fully endorse your “Build American” idea and to encourage all members of RIBA to follow suit as a practical, substantive way to address the recession. As far as I know, we are the first HBA to officially do so. If okay with you, I would like to keep in touch as this movement grows. Board members commented that several practicalities need to be addressed, such as a directory of American manufacturers.
    Well done!

    • Jake says:

      Hey Paul, we are very excited to hear that your HBA will be endorsing our idea! Anders will be in contact with you. Please keep in contact with us and let us know what we can do to help!

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