Posted on September 2, 2014 by By Carol Hartzog Communications

Ideal Homes of Norman, which uses
Ideal Homes of Norman, which uses "lean building" practices, is building this home at 18817 Visto Drive in the Valencia addition at NW 178 and May Avenue. PHOTO BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN

Editor's note: This article was published in August 30 editions of The Oklahoman.

By Tim Fall

Copyright © 2014, The Oklahoma Publishing Company

You think you have a pretty good idea of what goes into the sticker price of a new house.

Kitchens, with their granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, aren't cheap.

Ditto for bathrooms with river rock walk-in shower floors and dozen-nozzle shower heads.

But Scott Sedam is warning about an unexpected "feature" that could account for a big bite in your closing price: waste.

Sedam, president of TrueNorth Development in South Lyon, Mich., a consulting and training firm focused exclusively on the building industry, will be the keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Building Summit. His message will focus on "lean building" practices.

The summit, organized by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, will be Sept. 11 at the Reed Center in Midwest City. It is open to the public. Cost is $50 now, and $75 at the door. For registration information and details on the conference agenda, go to

Sedam, a 30-year veteran of the building industry, cautions that ...(click here to read the article at


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