Sunday, October 24, 2010

Moving Right Along...

It seems Jeff and Kate are doing much better at documenting this process than I am, so please look at their blog [] which has videos and describes in more detail the processes that are happening.

In our world, we were told that we were responsible for buying 38 of the 50 light fixtures in the house. We were a little surprised by this thinking that IBS would be providing more of the fixtures than they are, but at least we have the ability to pick out things we like. We met with Kara Manning at Lightology who was incredibly helpful in helping us pick out reasonably priced attractive fixtures that are also energy efficient. For our LEED Platinum certification we need to have at least 28 of the 38 fixtures be energy efficient (LED or flourescent) which is not that easy to find. Fortunately Lightology had a lot of solutions. We are saving our "non-ultra-energy efficient" selections to some of the more fun lighting options, such as the pendant light over the dining room table where we don't want to skimp on style or ambiant lighting. A question did come up for lighting options that can be "retrofit" with energy efficient options and whether that would meet the LEED rating since a future owner could go ahead and put regular old incandescent bulbs in without recourse. We are still following up this and will keep you posted.

In the meantime, we've been struggling to get Peoples Energy to come out to the site to set up gas service. They've been a little difficult and slow to respond. Thank goodness for our superintendent Tom Cichy who seems to have the patience of a saint. We called ComEd, and they seem to be a little more on top of things, but service needs to be installed after the modules are already on the site.

We are still assuming that the modules will be set the first week of November (or maybe slightly later). Will definitely post pictures of the setting, but more important hope to get pictures of construction in the factory to show you.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Day 10

Michael took this picture on the way home from work. Major progress! We are meeting with Helios and Jeff tomorrow so will definitely get status report and more pix.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Shape of Things to Come...

In the beginning, there was a foundation. And a beautiful foundation it was. I can picture the den, right there in the front. WE ARE SO EXCITED!

Yes, things have been happening. We closed on our financing in late August, and construction on the site began earlier this week. Construction on the modules is supposed to start next week and be finished and delivered to the site in November. If things work out as planned, we will be moving into our new home in December!!! There is a lot of excitement in the air, and I had to share it with you, bad blogger that I am that I have kept you out of the loop for so long!

We had a little entanglement (no pun intended) with our neighbors about the 6 foot high weeds that were growing on our lot before construction began. I guess being a land owner comes with responsibilities that we are not used to. We don't want to start out on bad footing, so, much to our appreciation, Helios, our GC, went out with a weed-whacker and took care of it. Just to be clear, this was not in their contract, so it was much appreciated.

Will definitely keep you updated on weekly progress. Would love to print the address but afraid of union workers erecting a giant inflatable rat on the site, so want to wait until the modules are on site before doing that (probably prudent).