Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Beginning

The reasons behind the new project. I am about to ramble so bare with me. On April the 28 2014 in Winston County Mississippi we had a F4 tornado touch down and do a lot of damage. House were lost and lives were lost.

These are a few pictures I took with my phone after the tornado. Moments after the tornado came through I started helping with clearing of roadways so ambulances and rescue personal could help trapped and injured. I was very proud of my community on this day. I saw people show up from all over to help with no regards to their own personal safety. They just wanted to help their friends, family, and neighbors. I have no numbers on how many were effected by this tornado but hundreds of homes were destroyed, countless were injured, and many lost their lives.

Over the next few days of helping people sort through their belongings and helping tarp roofs of houses that could be saved I became saddened by all that had happened. Though through it all most stayed up beat and even laughed at the events. Some even put up signs in their yards making jokes about their house being for sale and that it was a nice fixer upper. It was truly a humbling experience.

The last seven weeks since the tornado I have talked to many people about what they were going to do, repair, rebuild, buy new, or move. I started to hear the same story over and over again. Their insurance company was not giving them enough money to rebuild or even repair what was lost. It is a sad situation but a house that was valued at lets say $75,000 will cost $150,000 to $200,000 to rebuild if it was built lets say 30 years ago. The insurance companies are only paying value of house if that much and not the replacement value. A lot of these people can not afford to rebuild.

So now comes to my project of reclaiming old buildings and turning them into apartments. I plan on using as much reclaimed materials as I can. I will also be using green building techniques to help make the apartment more energy efficient. Well that was a little insight into why I am doing this. Thanks

The Project

My project is to do a video library on using reclaimed and green materials to turn a old auto garage into affordable apartments. In this blog I will describe the process in which I plan on doing this. I have broken the project into lots of smaller steps that have to be accomplished. This blog will also be a sounding board for me to put my ideas out there for followers to comment on and give suggestions. I will also be reviewing tools and materials that I use during this project. Lets begin with the steps that this project has to follow.

1.  Find a property. This is straight forward. I have located a piece of property that is close to two acres of land. It is an old auto garage with approximately three thousand square feet of building space on the lower floor and two thousand square feet on the upper level. The building is only usable as a shell at this point. 

2.  Find financing to purchase property. I plan on using crowd funding to finance some of this project. I plan on using indiegogo. Indiegogo is a crowd funding site that lets users start campaigns to get the public to help finance worth while projects.

3.  Set up filming capabilities. Find someone to film and edit the project from the the beginning to the end. 

4.  Remodel the property with reclaimed and green materials. The property at almost five thousand square feet will make five nice apartments each with there own style. Different methods of decorating and design will be used in each apartment.

I thank everyone for their help and support and welcome all comments and suggestions.