Friday, March 8, 2013

Construction Underway On The Cottage Group's All American Cottage Sponsored By Southern Living, This Old House

GREENVILLE, SC - The Cottage Group LLC/A Dillard-Jones Co. is building the All American Cottage, a 2,400-square-foot classic style home that will open for public tours May 2-19 at Ruskin Square in Hollingsworth Park.

Approximately 97% of the products used in the construction of the All American Cottage are made in the United States. Interior finishes include many American-made products such as Wellborn Cabinets, a project sponsor. The home will be featured in the July issues of Southern Living and This Old House, and on magazine websites.

"As a former manufacturing guy, I've seen first hand the results of taking a raw material to a finished product that is sold in the open market. Manufacturing means jobs, and a lot of them. After almost a decade in the custom home building business, I have seen a decline in U.S. construction jobs - a lot of it due to the use of materials and products made somewhere other than the United States," said Tom Dillard, president of The Cottage Group LLC. "When I saw the news coverage on Montana homebuilder Anders Lewendal and his commitment to build a home with materials made in the USA, I was inspired to try it myself, especially after reading that the use of just 5% of USA-made materials in the construction of a new home means 220,000 jobs. The Cottage Group, LLC is excited to partner with Southern Living and This Old House to build the All American Cottage - a project that we hope will inspire a Made In The USA movement among homeowners and home builders."

Presented by Hollingsworth Park at Verdae and sponsored by Southern Living and This Old House, the All American Cottage will feature ample outdoor living space including a sitting porch on the front, with a screened porch and second sitting porch on the rear of the home. The three-bedroom cottage plan by DM Designs features a master suite on the main level, with two upper level bedrooms separated by a loft overlooking lower level living space.

The All American Cottage will be open to the public Thursdays through Sundays May 2 – 19. Tour hours are: Thursdays, 1-6 p.m.; Fridays 1-6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sundays 1-6 p.m. There is no admission, however donations of items or cash contributions will be accepted to benefit the Child Life Program of The Children’s Hospital of Greenville Hospital System.

A sister company of Dillard-Jones Builders LLC and a member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, The Cottage Group LLC offers a growing collection of house plans including the company’s own Cottage Group portfolio along with some of the most popular Southern Living house plans ranging from 2,000 to 3,500 square feet. Many of the company’s plans will be for sale from the Southern Living House Plans website.

The Cottage Group is dedicated to building smaller footprint homes that are defined by thoughtful design and attention to detail. Homes feature quality craftsmanship and materials primarily found in larger homes such as brick, stone and Hardie exteriors, and inside features such as granite countertops and stainless appliances. Floor plans are flexible, giving buyers the opportunity to have a unique home that reflects where they live and the way they live.

For more information, call (864) 640-0111 or visit

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