Want to know what a house furnished entirely with American-made goods looks like? Home builder Taylor Morrison is set to unveil one in Houston on Saturday.
Known as one of the first building companies to return to profitability in 2010 following the housing crash, Scottsdale, Arizona-based Taylor Morrison opted to showcase that among the millions of Americans working in factories and studios in the United States, many are making home goods.
The firm worked with merchandising service Millennium Designs Inc. to uncover companies from all across the country who could help kit out the house with American-made merchandise, from the wood and upholstery of the dining chairs to the rugs on the floors.
“America is a great resource for textiles and wood, two important elements in fabric and furniture manufacturing, not to mention very skilled craftspeople,” said Jennifer Powell, a communications manager at Kravet Fabrics, a fifth-generation family business that distributes fabric, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories. “Many of the factories we work with have been in business for generations, making fabric and furniture out of American-made materials with a true sense of pride and understanding of quality.”
Among the domestically produced goods highlighted in the home are custom-made upholstered furniture, carpets, cabinets, a specialty billiards table and an indoor basketball hoop.
“I think the project is bringing to light the fact that, just by looking around a bit, American buyers can support American businesses and buy amazing products they can be proud to own,” said Kim Heacock, vice president and third-generation owner of International Billiards Inc.
Other contributors to the project include Katy, Texas-based Heine’s Custom Draperies, Houston’s M&M Carpet Showroom, 77-year-old fabric company Robert Allen and Advanced Milling Concepts.