You've probably heard the saying, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." I have to tell you that these words have been put on both my and Matt's heart this week. As we stood in our kitchen on Monday morning, looked out the window and watched an excavator scrape the first layer of soil off the lot across the street we knew there was no turning back. The adventure had begun. We couldn't help but think how with just one seemingly small idea in our minds a few months ago, we are now on the road to making huge change in the landscape of our neighbourhood, and in the landscape of our Island as it relates to the future of residential solar energy production.
There has just been so much excitement and pride in our family this week watching this project unfold in front of us - it is a dream becoming a reality before our eyes. And it's very cool to think that in the years to come we will look across the street and see a house standing where there once was nothing and be able to say, "We built that!"
This week I've also been thinking a lot about the people who will buy this house and how their lives will be impacted. I was wondering what it would mean to another young family just starting out to live in a solar home without the heavy expenses of a utility bill. It could afford them more opportunities to travel, pay down other debt or save more for the future. Whoever our buyer is, we just want them to be blessed by the home and by the community of East Royalty. I'm confidant we will find someone who will love all the home's features.
You'll see in our photo gallery above that the in the last four days we broke ground, and the work of laying the foundation has begun. Concrete will be poured tomorrow and there are still a handful of design decisions that need to be made so it should be a great day to cross a lot of items off the to-do list. While it feels like the process is moving rather quickly right now, Matt assures me that it will start to slow down a bit once the house is framed and his crew begins to rough in all the electrical wiring.
It has been a great start to the first week. We're on schedule and the sun has been shining every day, which, when you're building a solar home, you take as a pretty great sign when the sun is on your side.
We invite you to our Facebook page and Twitter to follow some of our updates. There are also some behind-the-scenes photos on our Instagram when Matt and I are out and about at the building stores, so you can check us out there too. Our blog will talk more about how the solar is installed, how it works and answer lots of those kinds of technical questions. Feel free to connect with us at any time with any inquiries.
Thank you so much for being on our journey with us!