Budget realities, apparently.

The initial house estimate of $480,000 quickly went up to $674,000 and so we are faced with difficult choices, what with the Sworn Construction Statement due Monday in order to meet the sequence of events preceding the closing in 3 weeks.  The quandary is that this project CANNOT become a million dollar effort.  That defies the challenge of realizing an "affordable" new, high performance house.  I don't wish the epilogue to this entire project to be "Sorry.  It Can't Be Done".  Stay tuned.