We are the Lewandowski family and we're building a new house from the ground up. Our goal is to build a comfortable and efficient green home that works for our family. We want to prove that building green is the right choice for the environment, our lives and our pocketbook.

We invite you to come follow us during our adventure and learn along with us, how to build and live green.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

We've Hit a Wall

This house was a chance to build something different; to design and build something outside the box, with fresh ideas and be environmentally conscious. At the start of this process we had a meeting with representatives from the Village of La Grange. All agreed to work together and be open to new ideas. Apparently that isn't so. Our first site plan review was rejected. For our second submission, we felt forced to incorporate a system that is illogical and less than earth friendly. Now we've failed round two. We feel depleted and frustrated. I think it's time to re-focus and calmly discuss with the Village a solution that perhaps allows us to meet in the middle thus satisfying us both. A decision may need to be made. Can we do it or should we walk away? I'm really not sure. I don't have much faith but we need to look into an acceptable compromise. If that can't be done, we need to consider clearing the property and put it back on the market.

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