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Made in Alaska Home debuts at 50th annual Parade of Homes


For its 50th anniversary, the Anchorage Home Builders Association Parade of Homes is emphasizing Alaska manufacturing and craftsmanship via a collaborative entry between The Petersen Group—a local homebuilder—and the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. The Made in Alaska Home features local manufacturers by showcasing a number of Alaska-made products available to homebuyers and homebuilders.

Alaskans are invited to the grand opening of the home, which will be held Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at 8967 Dry Creek Loop, in Anchorage’s Sonoma Glenn development in the West Park neighborhood. The 1,686-square-foot home features many locally-manufactured and crafted products. In the kitchen, recycled wine bottle pendants from Décor Lighting illuminate Glacierstone countertops made from recycled glass and resin that rest atop northern birch cabinets manufactured by Kodiak Cabinets. Accent tiles by Brecht Studio lend an artistic touch to the bathrooms. Outside, a large Sitka spruce log acts as a play structure, or just a comfortable place to sit.

“From the locally-manufactured insulation by Insulfoam and Thermo-Kool of Alaska contributing to the home’s 5-star plus energy rating, to the handcrafted door-pulls on the kitchen cabinets, the home is a testament to the growing availability, competitiveness, and quality of Alaska-made building products,” said Joe Jacobson, Director of the Division of Economic Development for the State of Alaska.

Additional highlights throughout the home include a living room fireplace with a locally-made surround element and triple-pane vinyl windows manufactured in-state by Capitol Glass Northerm Windows. Throughout the home, handcrafted furnishings and Alaskan artwork show off the unique style and quality of local décor.

“The Made in Alaska theme is evident throughout the Parade of Homes,” added Anchorage Home Builders Association Executive Officer Nikki Giordano. “With 23 homes showcased, many highlight Alaska-made trusses, insulation, granite countertops, asphalt, concrete, windows, cabinets, hardware, accent tiles, and more. The real eye-opener for both homebuilders and consumers is just how much our local manufacturing industry has grown.”

The Parade of Homes runs Friday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 14. A map and description of each home may be found online at www.ahba.net/paradeofhomes, or by downloading the Anchorage Home Builders Association app for smartphones. The parade recognizes the achievements of local builders and showcases innovations in building, new home features and local trends. Homes in Anchorage and Eagle River are open to the public and will be judged later by industry professionals for various design features and craftsmanship.

The Division of Economic Development (DED) partnered with The Petersen Group on the Made in Alaska Home project to promote local manufacturing and encourage Alaskans to learn about, support and purchase Alaska-made items. An Alaska-made Building Product Directory is available at www.commerce.alaska.gov. DED is also responsible for the Made in Alaska program, the Alaska Product Preference program and the Alaska Forest Product Preference program.

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