Our Net-Zero Home in Long Beach, California

Living the Change We Want to See in the World


    Would You Believe July?

    "The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
    Gang aft agley,
    An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
    For promis'd joy!"

    Robert Burns, To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough

    At work, one of the principals that we try to espouse is planning before doing -- to a point. Unfortunately, we spent a lot of time understanding the relationship between our requirements, the proposed design, and cost. Since we are not independently wealthy, cost is an issue but cost is not the primary factor driving our requirements and cost is not driving all of our design choices. We spent a long time balancing cost against design and how to implement the design. (More on cost and some of our choices later.)

    We spent about 5 months doing that and we are now looking at a 3-4 month slip in starting construction. Since we chose mnmMod as our material and method for building the house structure, we will save significant time putting up the walls compared to standard wood framing. It is still possible that we can finish before the end of 2016. We will have to plan carefully to do complete by that date.


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