for the Week Ending April 13, 2003
the weather certainly beats that of a week ago, but there's room for
improvement, to be sure. At least the snow is gone.
This week, I met with a builder
who has done quite a bit of work for some of my family in the past. I
needed to get a better handle on a potential cost for the boat barn. What
I proposed was a simplified version of my nice barn plan, omitting frills for
the moment. Because of the size of the structure, and knowing my own
capabilities and limitations thereunto, I asked for a quote for framed, sheathed
walls and a roof--leaving whatever is left for me to finish at my own
pace. The quote I received includes all labor and materials for this, as
well as a 6" reinforced concrete slab--everything but the site work.
I won't go into the exact quote
here, but it is on the cusp of affordability...a bit higher than I had hoped
for, but not so far out that it dismisses all possibility. The long and
the short of it is that I still don't have a clear idea as to whether or
not I'm going to build this barn...the quote wasn't strong enough to sway me
definitely in either direction.
There may be some issues with the
proposed building site, too. That remains to be seen--first I have to
mentally accept the quote for the building itself, at least in the grand scheme,
and then, once (if) I do, then I can start worrying about the other
details. More to come on this later, as things unfold.
Of course I want the barn, big
time. But it's a tough nut to crack. At this time, I am completely
up in the air...but I can't get it out of my mind.
for the Week Ending April 20, 2003
I'm afraid I have nothing to
report for this week.