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.