We officially have a builder now and decided to go with the Eterna Building System! I’m really excited about both of these developments.
First, the builder.. We decided to go with Greenboro Homes who have really been great so far. Throughout the entire bidding process, Jim Leonard was great. He really helped me understand the different choices and options and put a lot of time and effort into presenting them all to me. Another great part is that he’s willing to work with us on some of the things we want to do with the project. For example, we wanted to use Ikea cabinets and Mike’s brother is going to help with the AC. The biggest selling point, though, was the fact that he really invested in understanding and working with the alternative materials. Speaking of..
The Eterna Building System! From the very beginning, I’ve been very interested in green building materials. I was really excited when a local engineering company suggested we look into these. They sounded really great from the very beginning with the biggest downside being the cost, which initially came in WAY above 2×6 construction. However, we were able to negotiate that down a bit. It’s still quite a bit above with 2×6 construction costs, but it was really something I wanted to do so I’m excited to say we’re going with them. In addition to the blocks we’re planning on doing some other “green” things with the house. We’re using a mini-split AC system, prewiring for solar, using high efficiency appliances, and thinking about a rain water catchment system for the lawn.
So, what’s next? Financing. I started that process and expect it to take about two months. I’ll talk more about that process in the next installment.