All-Female Built Home Taking Shape in Utah

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House that She BuiltWomen in all aspects of the home building industry have come together for what is believed to be the nation’s first home built by an all-female skilled labor team in Saratoga Springs, Utah. “The House that SHE Built” broke ground in September with framing started in mid-November.

The 3,200-square foot home is slated to be unveiled at the 2021 Utah Valley Parade of Homes next June, according to the Utah chapter of NAHB’s Professional Women in Building.

Proceeds from the sale of the home will be divided between scholarships for women pursuing construction management or trade programs, women-run charities including a local domestic abuse shelter, educational events to help teach young girls about opportunities in home building, and similar projects in the future.

Stephanie Sharp, of Steven Dailey Construction in Draper, Utah, is one of the general contractors on the project. Sharp got involved in construction because her father was a builder, and she noticed early on the small number of women in the industry.

Sharp is hoping that the project will increase visibility about not only the varied career opportunities available for women in construction, but the number of good-paying jobs available, which in turn can help more women become interested in the industry and aid in filling the existing labor shortage.

Skilled tradeswomen from the building industry, including women-owned construction companies, engineers, designers, architects and skilled labor teams are providing and installing all the materials and labor needed for the home, most of which has been donated or provided at cost.

But the team is also looking for additional skilled women in the trades, particularly plumbing, HVAC and electricians who are interested in joining the project in December. Sponsors are willing to pay for airfare and accommodations for interested skilled tradeswomen.

constructing the house“Our goal is to help women and girls realize that there is a place for them in home building, and that there are so many different opportunities here,” said primary general contractor Kristi Allen, the 2020 Utah PWB Chair and a builder for WoodCastle Homes LLC in Alpine, Utah. Allen, a third-generation Utah home builder, said has been blown away by the excitement and support from the local community.

The home’s lot was donated by Oakwood Homes of Wander, Utah, and is part of a new planned community in Saratoga Springs. Material donations are also still welcome. More information on how to donate is available on the Utah Professional Women in Building website.

The Utah PWB is an official council of the Utah Home Builders Association.

You can follow progress of the home and read stories about the women building the home on Facebook at The House That SHE Built and Instagram @thehousethat_she_built.

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  1. I bet the quality was first class! Well done and we need to constantly strive for equality in the building industry.

    • Thomas Harris says:

      I don’t think inequality is caused by the industry as much as the education system .
      I don’t know of a builder that cares about the sex or race of a subcontractor. These days if you can produce quality workmanship you won’t go without a job in our industry.

      • Natalie Miles says:

        True… I don’t think it’s a sexist thing at all.. we just need to break down the stereotype that construction is a man’s job only. There’s a lot of great women in construction that have great careers and with the labor shortage, filling that gap with more women is a no-brainer!

    • Natalie Miles says:

      Thanks Damian! We are definitely paying close attention to detail!

  2. Great concept and a first class team of powerful females! Thanks for making a difference in the world!

    • Natalie Miles says:

      Thanks Betsy! We hope to raise awareness to the younger generation so that we can have more amazing women in the industry!!

  3. Cherlyn Reeves says:

    I love this idea and can not wait to see the house completed and hear the stories from the women on this team.

    • Natalie Miles says:

      Give us a follow on social media!!! you can find us under “The House That SHE Built” and follow the stories of all the amazing women working on this!

  4. Hello.This article was extremely remarkable, particularly since I was browsing for thoughts on this issue last Monday.

  5. I love this story and this reality. I’m looking forward to seeing this become a normal occurrence rather than an exception to the rules. I’m so proud of this entire crew!

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