Our Net-Zero Home in Long Beach, California

Living the Change We Want to See in the World

  • Big Announcement: mnmMOD

    This part of our journey and decision process started in 2014 with a phone call from my sister when she said something like, "I saw this house that someone is building near where I live [in Santa Monica] that had these cool steel and styrofoam walls. The sign at the construction site read mnmMOD."

    We are very please to announce that we will be using mnmMOD Building Solutions that are "Sustainable, Affordable Pre-Fab that Delivers Custom Design." The wall system uses recycled steel and polystyrene to provide a mold-free, VOC-free, termite-free home that is thermally efficient and minimizes waste during the construction process.

    We are very excited about this building system and the benefits it provides.

  • Big Announcement Coming!

    We know this is kind of cheesy, but we've been working on something for a long time and we are very excited about it. However, the deal is not quite sealed and no one has sung yet so we're hesitant to announce it right now.

    We're confident that things will come together within the next week so please stay tuned.

  • How is Construction Going?

    The question our friends ask most frequently is, "How is construction going?"

    Our answer is, "We haven't started yet."

    We've owned the property for 1-1/2 years and we have not started construction yet. There are a lot of reasons for that, but at the same time, we are still well within our self-defined deadline of November 1, 2016, for finishing our home. At this point, with El Niño approaching, we will wait for the predicted torrential rains to subside before we start construction.

    Also, we still have quite a way to go with getting construction documents prepared and approved by the city. Our architect is waiting for our decision on our construction method. (More on that in a later blog post.)

    Our General Contractor suggests that we start preparing the lot by rebuilding delapidated retaining walls as weather permits. We will follow his advice.

    We'll let you know when we started laying the slab foundation. Hopefully in March 2016.

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