This week was all about cementing my ideas for what I will be doing going forward with Nexus this year.
I have spent the last few weeks putting research into my project, making sure I understand the ins and outs of it, preparing myself to meet with some people who know more than I do.
Earlier this week, I met with a contractor to discuss building practices, costs, and mainly just to figure out if I was crazy. When even the tiniest homes are built, contractors use a team of professionals, and costs can run extravagantly high; who am I to think that I can build one on my own and on a tight budget? While I certainly have experience with carpentry, even as far as framing, I’ve never done anything as complex as building a house.
That conversation allayed some of my concerns, but not all.
I feel quite confident in my ability to understand laws, codes, practices, and be able to design a structure that will be functional and safe.
I feel quite confident in my ability to learn for myself the skills I will need, and to be able to find someone who can help me when I need it.
I feel less confident in my ability to manage my time and resources the way I will need to. This is something I will need to learn as the year goes on.
Most importantly, I feel less confident in my ability to make decisions without the input of others. I would like this experience to help me better my decision-making skills and allow me to be confident in my own skills and knowledge.
This week, I am excited about the prospect of working with an architect, an engineer, or some other professional. I look forward to learning the sort of skills that can’t be taught in a classroom. I can’t wait to really get started.
Photo: Didn’t have a relevant photo for this week, but here’s a nice photo I took at the top of Mount Baldy (12,441′) in New Mexico- the tallest peak I ever climbed, summited at the end of a difficult trek I unlike anything I had ever undertaken. I consider it one of my greatest achievements, and hope there will be a similarly awesome achievement at the other end of this project.