We were fortunate enough to have the 100k project mentioned yet again by Inga Saffron in the Philadelphia Inquirer and on Philly.com this weekend. Sure, the mention was just a small part of a long piece on up and coming Philly architects and our mention was just part of a description of ISA’s awesomeness, but we are still honored. It is nice to be a part of what is happening in the architectural vanguard of our city.
The story is well written and definitely worth reading. However, there are just a couple small details we want to correct/clarify.
First and foremost, the 100k did not cost 200k to build. We are not sure where that particular misconception came from, but the hard construction costs (labor and materials) were right around the projected 100k number. Perhaps the 200k number in the article was an attempt to understand the full cost of the build including land and soft costs. Either way, we want to make it clear that we we did not come in at double our goal.
Second, and less importantly, the wall panels we used (SIPs) were not pre-wired. Our electrician probably would have liked it if they were. The panels do come with electric chases cut through the insulation but wiring still needs to be pulled through. It is also important to note that SIPs are far from finished panels. They are simply panels made of insulation sandwiched by two sheets of OSB.
Other than those minor corrections, we were very happy for the publicity. You should all read the piece and, if you’re brave, get involved in the discussion on Philly.com. As always, there is a very vocal reactionary element making noise over there, but perhaps one of our readers can provide some reasoned opposition to the conversation.
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