Why Us? Why Now?

Why Us? Why Now?

As we continue to write the story of our remodel, things are a little rocky at times. Let’s be honest, remodeling isn’t for the squeamish. It requires a certain tenacity, flexibility, and optimism – especially when you have limited time and money. With each challenge, there have been moments of soul searching…do we really want to do this now? Can we afford it? Will our kids disown us? Will our […]

The Challenge of Moving

The Challenge of Moving

I read somewhere that the average homeowner moves about every seven years.  After moving into the Net Zero Nest this Spring I am wondering why?  Why would anyone ever move when it is so physically and emotionally exhausting?  Why bring out your worst qualities (that you can usually hide) and cause friction in an otherwise well-functioning family?  Maybe moving is like childbirth, something no sane person would undertake more than […]

Sometimes You Just Know

Sometimes You Just Know

Finding the right family home felt almost impossible.  We started looking last May and let’s just say we kissed a lot of frogs.  Looking for houses on-line reminds me of dating – everyone presents themselves in the best possible light, flaws fully airbrushed.  If your mind works like mine, you can’t help but picture yourself in that master bedroom, or your table in that backyard.  Then when you meet in […]

What Exactly Are We Doing?

I get that question a lot these days, especially from my parents. Last year Nick and I had an idea. What if we found an older home, updated it for our family’s needs, and built-in as much energy and water efficiency as our budget would allow? And what if we wrote about our journey, sharing our findings with all who are interested? And what if we could provide meaningful feedback […]

Net Zero Nest

Net Zero Nest

Introducing the Net Zero Nest A demonstration green home project in Long Beach, CA In collaboration with the City of Long Beach and Southern California Edison, Nick and Holland Brown are building a unique case study home in Long Beach, CA.  This community project will prove the feasibility and affordability of: Reduced energy consumption through a deep energy retrofit Improved indoor air quality though sophisticated monitoring and whole house filtration […]