The House that She Built educates young readers about the people and skills that go into building a home. One by one, we learn about the architect, framer, roofer and many more as they contribute their individual skills needed to complete the collective project — a new home. With illustrations that connect and empower and words that build upon each other with each page, this book will leave all kids (she, he, and they) excited about their own skills and interested in learning new ones.
Release Date: September 14, 2021
This book was inspired by the team of real women who came together from around the country to build a one-of-a-kind home — The House that She Built.
The home was created and completed by The Utah Home Builders Association’s Professional Women in Building Council of NAHB.
Driven by the fact that less than 3% of the onsite workforce in housing is women, the goal was to highlight and utilize skilled tradeswomen and women owned companies for all stages of the project. As momentum and national interest grew, women from all over the country traveled to Utah to contribute.
Mollie Elkman and Georgia Castellano were proud participants in The House that She Built project. They created the overall branding and marketing for the project, which helped secure donations, labor and media coverage. They were so inspired by the mission that they created this book to be able to continue sharing this important story long after the home was completed and sold.
This is the woman who wrote the book.
Mollie Elkman spent her childhood surrounded by home builders, yet it wasn’t until she joined the industry herself that she recognized how often she was the only woman in the room. She quickly discovered that just as she was brought into a family business by her father, so were the majority of other women she was meeting throughout all areas of home building. Over her career, Mollie formed friendships with people who proved that not only are jobs genderless, but everyone benefits from a workforce that embraces diversity and inclusion. One of those friends shared an exciting and ambitious project they were involved in...an all-woman-built home. As Mollie learned about each of the women involved in the project, she could feel herself becoming more and more inspired by their stories. She hopes that young readers everywhere will feel inspired too.
Mollie Elkman is the President and Owner of Group Two, a leading new home marketing partner for builders.
This is the woman who illustrated the book.
Georgia Castellano is an artist who uses illustration to process and communicate her thoughts. As a little girl, Georgia’s parents and grandparents encouraged hands on play that cultivated a lifelong feeling of being fully present while creating. They spent hours together dreaming of new ideas and bringing them to life — forts, paintings, paper snowflakes, skits, sandcastles, cookies, and so on — and through all of that open play time she developed her own unique voice and a love for the “doing” part of art. It’s important to Georgia that all children know that everyone is an artist. Creative thinking is good for the soul, and right now is a perfect time to start.
Georgia Castellano is the Creative Director of Group Two.