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The "McGee," a model for the EcoNest cottage proposed for EcoReality.


Project ID: 147

Project steward

Jan Steinman


We need more housing!


Build a 600 sqft EcoNest cottage as part of master rezoning plan.


  • 2013-02-20 project approved in principle, pending raising necessary funds.

Goal or deliverable

  • Build a 600 sqft EcoNest cottage, which could be rented or lived in by a new member-investor.

Timeline, schedule, or end date

time-related aspects of the project, which may include intermediate deadlines, dependencies, etc

  • 2013-02-19: Initial meeting with Islands Trust planner. DONE
  • 2013-02-20: Project approved in principle, pending raising necessary funds. DONE
  • 2013-02-27: Estimates received.
  • 2013-03-06: Project budget complete and approved.
  • 2013-03-31: Building permit issued.
  • 2013-07-08: EcoNest Boot Camp: long natural building course on cottage begins.
  • 2013-07-15: EcoNest Intensive: short natural building course on cottage begins.
  • 2013-08-16: envelope construction complete.


generally, a numbered list of tasks, performed in order, that will together accomplish the project's goals or deliverables

  1. Research checklists for general contracting
  2. Obtain materials quotes
  3. Consult Islands Trust planning department
  4. Create budget
  5. Write development plan
  6. Prepare site
  7. Complete envelope
  8. Wiring and plumbing
  9. Finishing

Financial budget

how much money will be needed, possibly high-low bracketed and detailed, or a complete guess (try to indicate how firm a guess it is!)

Cash outlay

pull from development plan

Class A shares

pull from development plan

Labor budget

how many people are needed for how long, including specific people or specific skill-sets pull from development plan

Class B shares

pull from development plan

Cash Outlay


Labour, by person

2Jan Steinman35.3100.0%

Labour, by activity

25Telephone/Video Communicating8.925.2%

Vehicle Use

"Vehicles" with no odometer, such as tractors or stationary equipment, are in tenths of an hour, rather than kilometres.




Final accounting

List of disbursements, including:

  • final, reconciled costs of the project,
  • where money came from for the project, including Class A/B investment shares and to whom they are issued,
  • final, reconciled labour on the project,
    After final accounting, no more time can be allocated to a project.
  • Class A investment shares and to whom they are issued.
  • Class B investment shares and to whom they are issued.

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