A Living Forest in an Apartment Building

th5OQPJ3L5Many people do not know this about me but I own a few apartment buildings. That is right I am a real estate mogul. Well, maybe not quite but I am on my way. I own and operate affordable housing for working people. Nothing too fancy just simple homes for regular people. I am always looking for way to cut down on the cost of operating. Currently the heat is included in the rent. I have been researching different ways to reduce the heating cost on a particular building. My other buildings were renovated by the previously owner before I bought them. I made sure of it. Each were tightly insulated and energy efficient. Nevertheless, this other building, the one that is costing me an arm and a leg in heating cost, was a gift. My great uncle gifted me the building in his will. I am grateful but building is an older building, so there is some updated I must do before I can bring in tenants.

After some researching I have decided incorporate a living forest within the building. After reading some of the benefits and looking at pictures, I think that would be perfect for this old building. Tomorrow I will contact a tree service that I have been using for years. Talk to their arborist about the best trees I should use in such a project, where to get them, and how to maintain them.

Those that have incorporated living trees within their home and building structures have reaped many benefits and positive effects from them. From an increase in the air, quality, to a reduction in heating and cooling, even report more positive and spiritually uplifted residents. Just from being that close to nature. In fact, if I include one hundred and fifty trees they will have to ability of taking in about two hundred thousand liters of carbon dioxide that we breathe out. Then releasing clean and purified oxygen for us to breathe. The leaves have their own climate, which in return affects the heating and cooling of a building or whatever space they are in. This means they provide substantial in aid in the heating and cooling of a structure. Making it more efficient and less expensive to do so for the owner or occupants.

Of course, there are some other things that I will have to do to the building. Or rather have done. I need to have it insulated, new energy saving window, update the heating and cooling system, that has just to name a few. I am going to keep researching to see what other naturally elements I can add that can improve the building and save me a few dollars.

Normally I would not purchase a building like this; the upfront cost of renovations is enough to scare me. Although I have always wanted to but as I mentioned the cost can be astronomical. But thanks to my generous Great Uncle Napoleon I received a building that’s paid for, even the taxes are paid up for twenty years. My uncle was an efficient and wise man. All those components have made it possible for renovations to be done. Thanks Uncle Napoleon!

Living a good life and now I know it


For thirty-five years, I have been working in the  service industry. The first seven years I worked for someone then around the eighth year, I was able to start my own tree service business. I have worked as a tree climber, feller, pruner and trimmer, every type of job there is I have done it. That is a long time. In addition, it occur to me that I may have missed out of my dreams, never actualized my potential and all that jazz. Could I have been a doctor? Or maybe a ballroom dancer, or a lawyer. I have no idea. As soon as I graduated from high school in Texas, I did what my parents did; I got married and got a job. Now after all these years I am wondering was I stuck in a rut, employment wise.

Fortunately, I have made quite a good living for my family and myself. I can afford to do somethings that had I not been so fortunate it would not be possible. I have decided to take a few weeks off and try to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. My family thinks I am crazy and going through some sort of mid-life crisis. My mind made up and I am doing it.

Career Placement

I started by taking one of those online quizzes about for career placement. That did not work; it suggested that I become a forester, business owner, or an arborist. That is what I am trying not to do. Reflecting on my childhood dreams, I decided to try out cooking. Therefore, I sign up for a cooking class at the local community college. I am a better eater than chef is. For weeks, I took classes and did different jobs, each one I hated. Those I did not hate I was horrible.

Frustrated I went for a jog. Just to clear my head. While jogging I ran into one of my neighbors, I think his name is Benson or Benji, or Ben-something. He and his brother in law were trying to cut down this elm tree in his backyard. Those two were doing it all wrong. Where they place their wedge cut that tree would have fallen on his car, garage, and part of the house. Of course, I helped them. Show them were to cut. Explaining to the importance of planning before cut. That before you fell any tree map out the where you want it to fall. What route each person will take once the tree begins to fall. I also gave them a talk on the importance of safety. Then I allowed Benji (I figured his name) to try his cuts again demonstrating the best place to make each one. Benji and his brother in law thank me for stopping. I watched them fell that tree then I took off and jogged home.


During this jog back to my house, I realized that I am doing exactly what I want to do. I took stock of my life. A family that loves me, a business that is successful, and every day I go to a job that I do not hate. Yes, my life is not perfect but its close enough for me. I also came up with a couple services we can offer to our customers. Demonstration classes on pruning, trimming, and other tree related things. In addition, we will add arborist consultation services.

Hope to continue blogging more stay tuned.