Moving In

by schmidt on June 18, 2009 · 2 comments

in Miscellaneous Schmidt

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, but my family and I have officially taken up residence in the Green Sunset home I rebuilt.  I plan on keeping track of our escapades in green living here at SustainableSchmidt; tracking our water & power use, how the various sustainable features are working, and what I would have done, and will do, different.  One decision I have come to is to create an urban farm in the backyard area – it is a fairly deep lot and I believe that it will support some serious cultivation.  Artichoke plants, strawberries and rosemary are all obvious choices for a Sunset Backyard, as well as some lettuce – I will keep you posted on the rest as frankly I haven’t a clue =)  All I know is the landscape architects wanted $60,000 – $70,000 and that ain’t sustainable for my pocket book.

I am off to PCBC this afternoon, I will report back on what the fine folks there are doing.  I went to a “Green Builders Forum” a few years back, and I was so disappointed I wrote a letter to the president of PCBC telling him how much it sucked ass.  They refunded my money – so props to them.  Here is hoping 2009 is better.


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1 Serena Beltz 06.23.09 at 4:58 pm

Not volunteering anyone but I am married to a landscape contractor and we will be in the Sunset if all goes as planned, next week. You inspired us with some of our home choices, maybe we can repay the favor…:)

2 Serena Beltz 06.23.09 at 5:19 pm

One last note–hopefully more constructive than last comment. Having seen developers here in Chicago have “landscaping” done, it’s refreshing that you are keeping to your initial premise and trying to keep sustainable affordable. I was just at the “All Things Organic” show here in Chicago last week and that was a huge message that was being sent–sustainable and organic doesn’t have to be exclusive–it can and should be for the everyday family trying to raise healthy, aware children.

$60k for a Sunset yard? Surely they jest and thank you for not buying into it. We watched horrified when our developer had our lawn put it (we were a day away from closing when it happened). Needless to say, it was ripped out and redone a week later. Even with “connections” I can tell you a nice small yard should not be beyond anyone’s means.

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