Sunday, March 26, 2006

Green, Green and more Green

We have committed to the USGBC to build our homes under the LEED for Homes certification program and I attended the training in Grand Rapids, Michigan to register EcoUrban Homes as a builder in the pilot program. While I imagine I could have viewed the powerpoint presentation from St. Louis it was worthwhile to explore a new city and share with the other 15 or so attendees the spirit of green building. More details later.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Stopped in Action

I guess according to my original timeline I should be delivering the first modules today on their foundations. However, the reality is that modular manufacturers just don't get it - and we are heading to Linton, Indiana tomorrow to "tour" Advance Building Concepts factory and hopefully kiss enough ass for them to finally get them to committ to building our homes.

We selected a General Contractor back in February (or I should say they selected us as the only contractor to submit a bid) and we have been adjusting our design and floor plans ever since to hit our $100/sq. ft. target. Right now we are at $180/ft.

I'm not sure what else I can be in action on. I've pulled together the land for up to 12 homes to be built at a cost of around $125K after some unexpected commissions - and am working on an additional 4 lots that would come with some unwanted buildings. The architect seems to be pushing our project around meetings that are spaced out by days and weeks at times and I still don't have a firm grasp on when I should (if at all) pull the trigger.

I know that there is more to be done (Public Service Commission Issues, tax issues, LRA issues, marketing, etc.) but I just feel stopped in action. Perhaps after this weekend in New Orleans I'll find some new inspiration.