Up-to-date Expenses

It’s been busy lately so I’ve not had time to put together the latest expenses for our Earthship.  I’m still missing a few items from the last few days.  These receipts have not made the journey from my wallet to my “in box”.  The following includes the materials for the roof (as well as fuel for our trip to Surrey and lunch on the way back for me, Chris and my father, Gary Burkholder).  Next big item will be windows which we anticipate being around $6-7000.  We have much of the material we need for pop can walls, including flashing material leftover from the roof purchase.  We also have enough EPDM left to line most of the planters when the time comes. 

     
     
PERMITS    
HPO Homeowner Exemption Permit $425.00  
Building Permit $1,504.00  
Septic Approval $157.50  
    $2,086.50
PREP COSTS    
Excavation $4,480.00  
    $4,480.00
MATERIALS    
Tire Walls (inc. poly, Metal Lath + portland cement) $573.04  
Perimeter drain (inc. PVC pipe and fittings, filter cloth) $528.46  
Thermal Wrap (inc. poly, rigid insulation, tuck tape) $3,781.10  
Nails/other fasteners $28.09  
Tires $0.00  
Dirt $0.00  
Tire press $0.00  
Cardboard $0.00  
Portland cement for bond beam & pop can form $341.71  
Plumbing general $78.10  
Rebar bond beam $180.35  
Sill gasket – bond beam $68.99  
Misc plumbing for rough septic/greywater overflow $91.91  
Framing materials $44.46  
Wood stain $865.93  
Electrical $1,125.65  
Misc $142.74  
Roof $13,757.09  
End walls $159.21  
Equipment $83.99  
    $21,850.82
     
Total   $28,417.32

Updated Expenses

As of today, this is where we are at in terms of our budget.  I actually thought we were a bit higher so I’m pleasantly surprised!  In the next few days we will be buying materials for the roof and that will add probably $10,000 + to our numbers.  So far, we are pretty much on track in terms of where I thought we’d be.  I think once we get into the electrical and grid inter-tie system I will find I’ve underbudgetted slightly.

PERMITS    
HPO Homeowner Exemption Permit $425.00  
Building Permit $1,504.00  
Septic Approval $157.50  
    $2,086.50
PREP COSTS    
Excavation $4,480.00  
    $4,480.00
MATERIALS    
Tire Walls $573.04  
Perimeter drain $528.46  
Thermal Wrap $3,781.10  
Nails/other fasteners $28.09  
Tires $0.00  
Dirt $0.00  
Tire press $0.00  
Cardboard $0.00  
Portland cement for bond beams $341.71  
Plumbing general $78.10  
Rebar bond beam $180.35  
Sill gasket – bond beam $68.99  
Misc plumbing for roughing in  $91.91  
Framing materials $44.46  
Wood stain $865.93  
Electrical $1,125.65  
Misc $9.06  
Roof    
End walls $76.07  
Equipment $83.99  
    $7,876.91
     
Total   $14,443.41

Re: Udated Expenses

Whoops!  I wasn’t thinking.  The next expense is the concrete for the bond beam.  We will either pour it ourselves (4-5 cubic yards) or have a truck come. 

If we pour it ourselves, then we have the cost of the portland cement (about $13 per bag).  Presumeably if we pour ourselves then we feel we have enough clean gravel/sand on site to do so (and enough friends with cement mixers!)  Each yard of cement takes about 6 bags of portland cement.  So we would need roughly 30 bags at $13 for $390.  The question is whether we have good soil on site in sufficient quantity to undertake the pour.

If we decide to bring a truck in we have figured out that it would cost us in the neighbourhood of $800+. AND if we brought a truck in, could we unload cement on the far side of the building (the slope of the back wall is such that a truck would  have to park way below the level of the bond beam). We would have to factor in gravity, or lack of it, in this case).  Another factor in a decision to bring in a truck is to build the forms for the post pads in the house. Any extra concrete we’ve paid for needs a home…

Our next step in making this decision is to grab a pail of gravel from the best part of the pit and give it a wash to see what kind of organic material is in it.