Our Net-Zero Home in Long Beach, California

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  • Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

    What a year! The first quarter of 2016 was full of excitement for us, some of which we would have been happy to avoid. Fortunately there were no tragedies. Intermixed with all of the excitement was the need for us to make decisions -- a lot of decisions.

    Countertop materials and colors, tiles, fixtures, appliances, paint, lighting, windows, and doors were just some of the decisions that we made. We had to balance performance, aesthetics, and price. Since we don't have unlimited funds to build our new home, price is often the deciding factor.

    Because we are using mnmMOD for the structure, we had to make certain decisions in advance compared to a standard stick build house. We didn't mind because once we start construction we don't want progress to stall awaiting a decision from us. Also, Jeannette Architects prefer that we define as much as possible up front so that we don't encounter design "surprises" after we start construction.

    Finally, a key aspect of our decision process is to involve our General Contractor, Scott Yanofsky, and our Interior Designer, Allison Smith, in as many of our decisions as is appropriate. This involvement slowed the decision process a bit but we hope it will make the construction process proceed smoother and more quickly than if we hadn't.

    We will see.

  • 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.

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