Nine One One

We and our family are ok. We were in our Civil Engineering Firm2’s office when we heard about the WTC and in the car when we heard about the pentagon. Mom, Dad & Laura are stuck in France for the meantime, but no one we know was hurt, so far as we have heard.

Civil Engineers Bail…FEMA

Harold Logan & Assoc. bailed on us a week into negotiating the proposal. A two-week long search yielded us with Dalton & Kendal, apparently a fairly knowledgable firm. While not officially signed on yet, Steve Collins from the firm has done quite a bit of leg work and has even visited Hearthwood to get a better idea of it all-without our prompting!

It seems that they will probably take a month or so to put together the proposal and there is something about nailing down the flood plain line using USGS data and their own topography work and reconciling the whole thing with FEMA maps. That may take 1-6 months. Then there is the county reviewing the grading plan-up to 60 days. So we’re looking at as soon as January and as late as June for the next steps…

A Dome?

Timmy from HL & A is putting together a proposal for us and the county this week. I go to Toronto on Wednesday and Thursday, so we won’t be able to review it until Friday.

We looked at some log cabin ideas and a simulated interior on Saturday, but the Geodesic dome seems better priced with more squre footage. And Jean’s parents have a neighbor with one. Very cool. We’re looking at Oregon Dome, Inc., Timberline Geodesics, and Natural Spaces.