To the Moon: A Love Story


To the Moon: A Love Story

You can pretty much love anything in this world:  other people, food, surfing, a pair of shoes, you name it.  The anthropomorphic nature of our species makes it common to love objects, infusing them with human traits and characteristics to the point where we imagine that this “being” is actually capable of receiving our affectations.  That might sound crazy because it is!  If you smile at your favorite shirt or speak to your house then you, my friend, have lost your marbles.

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The Gateway to Progress


The Gateway to Progress

Given that all of our news lately is so depressing, I want to take a moment to talk about something good.  Is it poor timing to write about great things when the world is still dealing with such weighty issues?  Perhaps, but I think some of us out there are ready to hear a different narrative.  We’re all still in the midst of an unprecedented year, but we strive to find the joy in everything as it’s the only way forward.  Here’s a glimpse of joy in our little world.
 

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The Build, Part IV: Slab


The Build, Part IV:  Slab

In the last entry we covered civil, and truly only scratched the surface (pun intended).  Since that writing, we finished all the underground utility work and passed the city inspections with flying colors.  The power pole has been set and connected by Oncor so we have electric service as needed.  With the civil work complete we can now move on to forming, digging, reinforcing, and pouring the slab that will be over 113’ long and only 21’ wide, touching against two aging buildings with crumbling masonry work.  This should be fun.  

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The Build, Part 3: Civil


The Build, Part 3: Civil

It’s been a whole minute since my last entry, and that’s primarily due to being locked in the slow, agonizing process of waiting.
 
There’s a lot of that in projects like this.  Planning a multi-story building that requires multiple engineers, an architect, a designer, a lender, your local government, and independent subcontractors from all over the state, you find yourself waiting on one person or another.  Despite having an understanding of the process and the factors involved, it doesn’t make it any easier as I’m excited to get this rolling.

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The Build, Part 2


The Build, Part 2

In the first chapter we discussed planning and assembling the team. Now we can move on to figuring out how to pay for it.

Even with the largest of commercial projects, you always begin with a “projected” budget. Or, what most folks would call a guess. No matter how vague, this is where it always begins. In many cases you can find online references that can give you industry estimates of cost per square foot. I’ve never used that and have just worked from the base of my own experience, which has actually gotten me into a lot of hot water over the years, but that’s another story. Next, you need to figure out how much cash you’ll need up front and how much you’ll be financing. Commercial buildings are all about the ROI (return on investment), so a good financing plan is critical. Yes, you can pay cash, but for investment purposes that’s not advisable.

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