11/03/08 - Whenever a new client comes into our architectural office with dreams of a new house, Randy asks them to write down their Goals and Program. Randy did the same thing for the Urban Frontier House and then gave them to me for input. I only added two things; it seemed like we were on the same page. It’s a good thing we wrote them down because we have had to revisit the lists several times. It is sooooooooooooooooo easy to dream big because dreaming doesn’t cost anything. House plans can get way out of control in the planning stage and it happened to us. We added a little bit here and a little bit there and the first plan got way too big. When we finally added up the total square footage and put a reasonable price per square foot to it (we weren’t talking extravagant finishes either); we had to reel ourselves in and get more realistic. Let me just say that this process was VERY frustrating at times because we didn’t always agree. Shocking isn’t it to think that a husband and wife might not agree on something. Nevertheless, we took off a little bit here and a little bit there until it was where we needed it to be. The number one item on the list was: Net off the grid. That was very important to Randy; HOWEVER, nowhere on the lists did it say no city water, no city sewer, no heat, gray-water recycling, dc micro-grid, and composting toilets. I like to think I’m the adventurous type but what have I gotten myself into???