“I grew up around the construction industry and a part of it has always been with me in various roles and aspects throughout my life. My dad was a carpenter for most of his life and built one of the homes I lived in as a child. Later I worked in banking, managed a construction loan department, and also was a loan officer specializing in construction loans, so I learned so much about the construction process and met so many people in the construction industry during that time.
Now I work with my son and do post-construction cleanup! It’s just exciting to watch the process from conception of an idea to completion of a project. Being in the industry you really get to see and understand that it takes a tribe to raise up a house, right? Everyone working together for the greater good of the vision and knowing that everyone’s contribution is creating a house that will soon be turned into a family’s home.”
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“As a woman in a male-dominated industry, I know how important it is to give a voice to talent and historically women in the trades have not had that opportunity. I volunteer because I believe in it and I want girls of all ages to know that they can choose a career that fulfills them even if they’re the only ones at their jobs that look like them.
I have an 11-year-old daughter who was struggling with fractions in school. I took her to the house that she built with me and the women working on the home were so excited to show her fractions in practice in their trades. She’s no longer struggles with fractions but more than that, she learned the value of sharing knowledge.”
Crystal has done it all! Leadership Committee, Construction Schedule, and Framing.
“This project is exciting because it is the first like it in the nation. I love thinking about what it could do to help women learn that there is a place for them in the trades industry, where they can earn a good living and have opportunities to create and excel in all aspects of the construction trades!
I love architecture! I planned on being an architect when I graduated from high school. I met my sweetheart and started raising a family before I could complete that plan. Being a REALTOR is hard work and I love it! I work hard to help families and individuals buy, sell and build their homes and create a strong foundation for themselves!”
“I believe that girls can do anything boys can do just as well, if not better! Girls have a place in the construction world and I’m proud to be part of it. I hope that this project will inspire young girls and women to pursue their dreams, love what they do, and rock it!
When I was growing up, my dad was a remodeler in southern California and I fell in love with seeing a project transform, the awesome designs that people came up with, and the smell of fresh-cut lumber. When I had the opportunity to join the construction world, it brought all those childhood memories back to life. Taking something from concept to a beautifully completed home was so fun!
I’ve gravitated to the financial area of construction and realized the importance of the relationships we build with others. We can’t build a house without money, or trade contractors, or suppliers, or customers. It’s a great network of people working toward the same goal. I hope to enrich the lives of those I encounter. And I hope my contribution creates a good experience for my customers and that they are just as proud of their house as I am.”
Meet Sandy, owner of @firesidehomesutah.
Sandy is an amazing General Contractor and an inspiration to many of us on the @utahpwb council. Sandy started out in the construction industry by learning to build a house for her family through some local evening classes. She started Fireside Homes as a young mother 20 years ago and has built and remodeled beautiful, high-quality homes ever since.
Sandy has been one of the driving forces behind completing The House That She Built. I’m not exaggerating when I say we literally could not have done this without her. She constantly works behind the scenes solving problems and getting things done.
Thank you Sandy for your example of dedication, hard work and always lending a helping hand. Sandy also has another home in the @uvparade, so be sure to check it out!
“In 2005 I seized the opportunity to open a company that my children could work for. Being a single mom it was important to me that I could guarantee my kids a job once they entered the workforce.
Empowering women all around is a passion of mine, so supporting a project that opens up opportunities for women to enter the construction industry is right up my alley.”
Meet Yaneli and Victoria!
These two talented ladies are from No Limit Drywall, and worked on the drywall finish for The House That SHE Built.
We appreciate their skill, positive attitudes, and friendly smiles. Thank you ladies!
“I grew up in a family where all the men worked in construction together. For some reason, I had it in my mind that even though I loved it, a career in the construction industry wasn’t available to me because I was a woman. Then one day, like a switch got flipped, I realized that was the most ridiculous lie I had ever told myself. I enrolled in a college construction program to learn the things I didn’t already know about construction. I also knew I also had a passion for kitchen design so I added that to my education as well.
Now 6 years later I run my own design/build firm, I have 7 employees and expect to remodel 36-40 kitchens this year.
I am passionate about supporting other women in construction and encouraging women and girls to pursue careers in the construction trades.”
“Ever since I was a little girl living in Waimanalo, I’ve wanted to help my ohana rebuild their home. My parents and Nana would typically look through the HOME improvement magazines and place post-its on the pages that they loved of various homes (whether it was the layout, the color scheme, the flooring, etc). That’s as far as their dream of remodeling our home went. So I decided to find a profession that could get us CLOSER to achieving that dream. I was lucky and fortunate to find Acute Engineering, and engineering homes is exactly what I get to do every single day for other families. I can’t wait to be able to do that for my own ohana.
I am volunteering my time on THTSB because I want to inspire hope within the future female engineers out there. I believe that women in our industry provide such a unique and NEEDED perspective and I want to share with the girls of the world that if they want to build homes, then they BELONG in this field 100%.”
“I love the detail and planning that goes into construction every step of the way. It’s fun to look at the beautiful end product, but I love watching the ‘behind the scenes’ version of a build. The messy and dirty version. I like seeing how it’s made and the work that goes into each trade! I love watching each trade pass the baton off to the next. The coordination and teamwork are fantastic. Being involved in a build of any kind in that way makes you appreciate the end product even more.”
“I got into woodworking back in 2016 when we needed a new coffee table for our home. All of the ones online were either too expensive or too ugly. Someone asked me, “Why don’t you just make one yourself?” That blew my mind and my wheels started turning immediately.
The following weekend I built my first coffee table and I was instantly hooked. The rest is, as they say, history! I can’t even put into words what this project means to me. I feel honored and privileged to be able to take part in the build.”
Thanks, Merissa! We’re happy to have you on board.
“I heard about this build and immediately knew I wanted to be a part of this. To be a part of something so pivotal marks how far I’ve come personally, but also shows that I have enough confidence in myself to put myself out there. This works has filled my heart with so much happiness, and it’s taking me to another level of commitment to myself and my work.
I’m 32, a Colorado native, and I’ve been in the trades for 16+ years. I started learning at a young age from going to work every day after school with my mom. She set tile for 25+ years. I started taking trade work seriously at about 15. Before then, I had only worked with her. At 26 I started my own business as a contractor, and in the last 7 years I’ve exploded. Things are only getting better!
As of right now, I’ll be happy and content doing this for many years to come. Plus, working for yourself is THE BEST!!! 🛠🤘😍🛠
What I love most about construction is that everyone involved fits there. Office jobs and cubicles weren’t for us. We like physical labor and working with our hands. I knew my place right from the start.”
Meggan was a critical part of our finish team! She knocked out shiplap, the climbing wall and worked on the playhouse.
“I LOVE what this project represents, and the end result of helping other women through scholarships and charity work. I am so honored to be part of it. I accidentally started my business with starting a hobby. I had such good response with my work it began to grow very fast…then decided we better make it official.”
Meet Adela. She’s a General Contractor and owner of Xolo Homes.
Adela came to the United States from Mexico and overcame many huge challenges, including hearing impairment, to successfully start her own business.
“I came from Mexico when I was 19 years old. My plan was to do a few semesters of English and get back home. But, the plans changed as being deaf is not ‘doable’ for lack of words, back in Mexico, which led me to try to apply to Brigham Young University and ‘see what happens.’ I got in, and I was initially studying anthropology because I love people and their culture. However, it didn’t feel as fulfilling, and I started to second guess my career choices.
My father was living in Las Vegas at the time, working for a utility company, so I would visit him often, and every time I would visit him he would show me the blueprints of work he was doing, drive me to his jobs sites, etc. The way he would talk about construction, his unwavering passion was so contagious. My father kept telling me how construction was going to be good for me, how this industry needs women and their different perspective, and that I would fall in love with it. I was doubtful but I decided to change majors to Construction Management.
I struggled a bit with it because it’s extremely different with what I learned growing up in another country. I still cannot get over how I cannot use the metric system here.
I did fall in love with this industry when I started to work for an exterior company while at school and after graduation. I was the safety coordinator for this company, which helped me meet amazing workers who taught me what they did, siding, stucco, stone, house wrapping, etc. They were willing to explain to me the science behind the jobs, and to let me do labor under their guidance.
While working here I also learned about HR, supervising, OSHA, (which was my job), and more things which prepared me with basic tools I needed to start my own company, Xolo Homes, so I will be forever grateful to this company.
I love my job, I love it when is sunny, or snowy, early in the morning, or late, I love the stressful process, but I love it more when it is done and I can see my customers smiles, my workers smiles, there is not better feeling than seeing your customers’ home dream being realized.
I am grateful to my dad for pushing me, and helping me be here today.”
We have been so lucky to have Adela on our team for framing, flatwork, and exterior finishes. She’s an inspiration and a great example to us of overcoming challenges to reach your dreams!
Meet Concetta, Megan, Jennifer, Bryana, Candace, Davina, Grace and Sarah.
These amazing women come from all stages of the electrician’s journey. From apprentice, to journeyman, to master electrician, these women worked together to complete the electrical rough for @thehousethat_she_built and we couldn’t be more grateful!
Thank you for representing women in the trades with skill and professionalism. We appreciate you so much!
“I have always wanted to work side by side with women that do what I do. In fact I have met very few people like me to even know what it is like to converse with a woman about building.
I know that women and girls are seeing this project come together and it could be planting the idea in their head that it is a possibility for their future too. I hope we can empower other women to empower themselves to step up to the challenge and try something new.”
Kat is one of the driving forces behind our marketing team. She is also a multi award winning realtor in Salt Lake City. She has a long running streak of closing over $1 million worth of real estate every month with her incredible brokerage @rogsignature
In a previous career Kat ran marketing for Salt Lake’s very own home show expo. She has years of experience in both the marketing world and real estate.
We’ve been extremely lucky to have Kat be such a vital part of our team. Thanks, Kat!
She’s the founder and original president of @utahpwb and the driving force behind the idea of The House That She Built.
Without Kristin’s leadership, optimism and hard work, we would not be where we are today; sharing these examples of amazing women in construction. Kristin is always the first to show up when we put out a call for help and never shines the spotlight on herself. She works tirelessly for her clients at Altius Mortgage and cheers on her peers.
Kristin, we love you and are so grateful for your leadership and your friendship.
“My first experience in construction was as a 16-year-old, working a summer job for my Fathers construction company.
I began as an entry-level construction worker, where I learned to value every trade in construction. I started knowing little about the industry and by the end was running a job site.
It was that Summer job in High School that gave me the drive, determination, and experience in construction I needed to forge relationships in the Construction industry that have helped me be where I am today.
If I was to share one thing about what we do in Construction it is that we are only as successful as our team. My hope in volunteering is to share how important good people are in our industry and how successful we can be together.
I volunteer to give back to our industry. To honor those who believed in me.
To encourage anyone who dreams of owning their own construction company, to start where you are, and work hard to build what you are passionate about.
This project represents years of hard work, breaking the mold, and dreaming big for many people. The House That She Built is only the beginning of what we can accomplish together.”
Meet Brinlee! She went from selling hardware and appliances for Mountain Land Design, to selling lighting for Ferguson, to getting her ALA certification and starting her own business as a lighting designer. Today Brinlee is a pivotal part of their family business Hale Insulation!
She says, “I love being involved in construction and feel that it is a part of my soul at this point! Insulation is so important to the end user and I am passionate about the fact that our company is so dedicated to providing quality installs. We truly make a difference and that feels so rewarding.”
Thank you, Brinlee!
Meet Brit & Ash.
They grew up watching their dad in Construction, and today they run the family drywall business in Bozeman, Montana. They do everything on the job from hanging to finishing.
They are Mothers, Dog lovers, and golf fanatics! We absolutely loved having them in town to work on the project.
Meet Amy! She’s a licensed General Contractor and the owner of Clear Solutions Group, a roofing company. She and her team completed all of the roofing and the skylight installation for The House That She Built.
Amy says, “I love to see from the beginning to the end of any construction project. Especially the roof, it can change the entire look of any house.”
We have loved having Amy on our team!
Meet Meredith, a master electrician with an amazing journey into construction. Meredith had attended three years of college without any real direction, when she overheard someone at church asking for a recommendation for a good electrician. She couldn’t get that thought out of her head.
When she returned home from doing service for her church, Meredith found a company and started on the job site the next week. They sponsored her as she apprenticed and journeyed out. She spent five and a half years working in the field and “loved every minute of it!” Now she’s a full-time mom and part-time apprentice instructor.
We are so grateful to have her expertise and fun, positive attitude on our job site. Thank you @meredithbalmforth. You are amazing!!!
Meet Darci! She and her team from @goliathtechut installed helical piers for our covered back deck and trellis.
Darci was a teacher for 16 years until one day when she and her husband were in the process of putting in footings for a new deck during a remodel. Frustrations with their rocky soil led them to helical piers, a quicker, better solution for many spot footing situations. They decided to bring better access to superior steel helical piers to Utah. Darci loves educating contractors about the benefits and applications of helical piers. She also loves “playing in the dirt” and running large equipment.
Thank you Darci for your example and your support of #thehousethatshebuilt. We loved working with you and are so impressed with your helical pier system.
Meet Sarah. She’s a construction wireman (electrician pre-apprentice) who made a big career change.
Sarah went to school for graphic design and worked in that field for five years before making a switch to construction.
She says, “It was a scary leap of faith, and I was concerned about abandoning everything I had invested in my previous career, but it was so worth it! You’re never too old to change careers if you’re not happy in the career you chose out of high school.” Amen, sister!
We are so happy you made the choice to join the construction industry and thank you for your work on @thehousethat_she_built 🏠
Meet Natalie. She’s an award-winning designer who isn’t afraid to get to work!
Natalie grew up in construction and worked alongside her dad and brother hanging HVAC. She found her way into construction again when she went from staging homes to designing award-winning Parade Homes, to heading up the design team at @lkl_designcenter.
Natalie is an integral part of our leadership team at @utahpwb and manages all of the material donations for @thehousethat_she_built. Natalie has helped out on every stage of construction for the home, most recently assisting Moriah with all of the HVAC installation. We literally could not have made this project happen without her and are so grateful for her amazing work ethic, fun-loving spirit, and contagious smile.
We know Natalie is going to do even more amazing things in the construction industry as her career progresses and we can’t wait to watch her shine. Thank you, Natalie!!!
Meet Moriah! She’s an extremely talented HVAC installer with an amazing attitude.
What she loves most about construction is traveling to new places every few days, learning new things constantly, and the reward of seeing a home come together from start to finish.
Moriah’s dad first introduced her to construction and her mom taught her that to make it in a “man’s field” she should always make sure to be three steps ahead. She’s worked hard to become one of the few lead installers at Central Heating Inc.
We greatly appreciate her dedication to this industry and her willingness to volunteer at #thehousethatshebuilt. Thank you, Moriah!
Meet Ivy! She’s been volunteering on our framing crew for The House That She Built while also enrolled as a full-time student at nearby @brighamyounguniversity.
Ivy learned about the project on Instagram and contacted us to see how she could help. She’s volunteered nearly every day of framing and shown impressive dedication and an ability to learn quickly on-site.
Ivy took a construction class in high school and fell in love with the industry. She plans to study civil engineering and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes. Go Ivy!!!
Meet Kelly, or as you might know her, @tinyplumbergirl.
Kelly is a plumbing rockstar and graciously agreed to come out all the way from Pennsylvania for the rough plumbing of @thehousethat_she_built. She may only be 4’11” but she brought massive amounts of skills, knowledge, dedication, and fun to the jobsite!
Kelly was originally on track to become a nurse, when she realized it wasn’t her passion. She decided to follow her father’s footsteps and joined the Plumbers Union in Philadelphia. Fast forward through many years of hard work, and she is now a Registered Master Plumber and starting her own plumbing company. Talk about inspiration to follow your passion and go for your dreams no matter how big!
We are so grateful to Kelly for her example of hard work, her help in spreading the word about opportunities for women in construction, and her genuine goodness and desire to help others. Give her a follow at @tinyplumbergirl to see her journey firsthand.
Meet the Magleby Homes team! We are so excited to receive support from a National Custom Homebuilder of the Year–Magleby Construction and their affiliate company- Masterpiece Trade Services.
Magleby Construction has a long history of encouraging recruitment, education, and diversity in our industry. With the continued need for skilled construction workers, Magleby and its affiliate companies encourage their female employees and interested spouses of male employees to get involved in the community.
Donating time to projects like Women’s Build with Habitat for Humanity and The House That SHE Built continues to expose them to training, builds teamwork, and brings pride to their workforce. We could not have completed the framing of The House That She Built without their support. Thank you!
Meet Lynn! She is one of the powerhouse women who helped construct our pre-built walls at Precision Building Systems, where she is responsible for cutting lumber for floor truss webbing and roof trusses. She’s also volunteered her time to help with onsite framing!
We’ve loved getting to know Lynn and her amazing story. She survived a devastating car crash after being hit by a drunk driver. It prompted her to drive across the country all on her own, then settle in the beautiful state of Utah, and strive each day to check off her bucket list items.
She said when she heard about this project, she knew she needed to add it to her bucket list. She hopes that our message will spread to many girls who can take advantage of the scholarship opportunities and learn a trade.
Meet Tierra! She is a general contractor who started her own small construction business @sk3constructionllc with her husband, specializing in concrete work. She works alongside her husband and their awesome crew, as well as managing the back office. They learned the trade from family who came to the United States from Tonga.
“When they migrated here, this is all they knew, this is how they made their living. We decided this is something we could build our legacy off of. Most of all this opportunity has created work and jobs for our community.”
Congratulations on building something amazing Tierra. We are so happy to share your example as part of The House That She Built.
Meet Kaydee! She is one of the rockstars of our framing crew for The House That She Built.
Kaydee has loved woodworking her entire life. In high school she competed in cabinetmaking at Skills USA, where she won 1st in State and then went on to not only win 1st in Nationals, but to also be the first woman ever on the podium! She studied Cabinetmaking and Architectural Woodworking at UVU, and after graduation, joined the Army National Guard as a carpenter. She hopes to someday open her own woodshop.
Kaydee says, “We don’t have to be limited to what society thinks is an appropriate job for women. There is so much opportunity and potential in these careers. I would love to see more women not only profit from them, but thrive and lead!”
We couldn’t agree more Kaydee. Thank you for leading with your example!
Meet Lisa! She’s a hardcore journeyman grade engineer and operating engineer.
Lisa’s husband, a General Contractor, took a job that included excavating for homes on the top of Suncrest. When he found out three other companies had walked off the job because conditions were too dangerous. He said, “I’ve got just the operator for you.” Lisa excavated for every home in that project, safely and efficiently.
Both Lisa’s father and husband served in the military, so veterans are close to her heart. After 30 years of excavating, she now sells real estate and donates 10% of her profits to help make homes accessible for veterans. Thank you, Lisa.
Meet Kathy! She’s an extraordinary woman in construction who has helped with excavation, utilities, and production of our wall panels for The House That She Built.
Kathy started out in excavation and has moved through many roles in construction. When asked to be a superintendent on a new apartment complex, she agreed to try and was able to take the massive project (72 apartment units plus clubhouse and pool) from excavation to C of O in 6 months!
She now manages production for Precision Building Systems wall and truss lines, while serving as an amazing example to her daughters and granddaughters.
We would like to introduce you to Lori, Holly and Laura!
These ladies work for Precision Building Systems out of Utah! They built all of our walls to get ready for framing.
We can’t wait to tell you each one of their stories while they help us frame this home. Thank you!
Meet Emily! She’s our plumber knocking out the sub rough. 💪 Emily was born in Germany (still speaks a little German), has worked on some amazing commercial projects, and we are so grateful she was willing to volunteer on The House That SHE Built.
So much fun working with you Emily!
Meet Libby and Sarah from @rockymountainwaterproofing
Libby (Elizabeth) has a bachelors in Sociology and has been working with Rocky Mountain Waterproofing for over a year. She helps coordinate the schedule, warranties, and accounts.
Sarah is the wife of one of the owners (Chris). She is the Mother of four and has a bachelors in Pre-Professional Biology. She is a Soccer Goalkeeper and now coaches goalkeepers for Copper Mountain Soccer and has coached on a college level.
Everyone here at Rocky Mountain Waterproofing is happy to help support the Professional Women in Building with The House That SHE Built.
Meet Sheila! This incredible woman has experience in all different areas! We were so excited to have her out to help pump the concrete during our foundation pour! She came out of retirement to help out on this project because she loved the message and what it’s about! Thanks for coming we can’t wait to see you again!
This is one woman who’s done it all! Started off on a roofing crew, welder, worked on a refinery, then put her self back to school learning AutoCAD.
Today Trish works designing foundation form layouts for For Shor! She put in a lot of work with us setting forms and getting the walls done. Thanks, Trish!
Meet Nicole! This powerful woman comes from a long family history of construction. Her family owns @brandxconcretepumping and Nicole has the ability to do it all!
You’ll usually find her running dispatch like a boss but she also has a CDL, drives the pump truck and operates the pump!
Thanks, @brandxconcretepumping and @altaviewconcrete for all your support on our footing pour!
Carmen (@theprettylion) came back out today to layout our footings. She did an amazing job at being both quick and thorough! What a cool career to be able to work outside, laying out new homes and other construction projects every day with @focusutah!
Kim Riding with Western Technologies is a geotechnical engineer. She discovered her love of “playing in the dirt” when she was in a soils class in college.
This field interested her and she ended up graduating with her degree in Civil engineering with a geotechnical emphasis.
We really appreciate how thorough she is with her work- especially since we know we are dealing with collapsible soil in this area of Saratoga Springs. By following the protocols she gives us we will be able to continue on to footing and foundation with no soil issues!
Meet Miff! She’s a multi-talented woman in construction and even owns her own business making custom fishing tackle on the side!
Miff has worked with Utah Home Building Company for the last thirteen years as a transport driver, equipment operator and SWPPP manager. She drove the equipment down and is sharing time with Kathy on the dig.
She’s also bringing a lot of humor and fun to this windy dig day! Check out her tackle company, @miffs_custom_tackle and join us in saying THANK YOU for being a part of this project!!!
Meet Jacklyn (& Carmen) from @focusutah!
These two incredible ladies did our excavation layout! They both have really amazing stories — thank you to Focus Utah for sending these two amazing volunteers.
Meet Leone and her story!
“I got involved with @officialhoneybucket because it is outside of my norm I was always in the financial and business jobs but this is a whole new phase and it has been an out of the box job for me and I’ve enjoyed it. I love doing new things and learning more and more about different jobs that both women and men can do!!
I’ve also been inspired by my aunt, Lingz who also works for @officialhoneybucket she has been a great influence in my life!”
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