A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Risks and challenges
Funding my project and keeping rental rates affordable is my biggest challenge. We have done a bulk of the renovations on our own, and I have begun the process of filing our project with the county and once it is approved I can move onto filing with the state of Indiana. However, I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into by starting it as an official reception hall with the county and state. I thought I could fix up a few things and pay my taxes on time and I would be good to go. Wrong. But as they say, what comes easy won't last and what lasts won't come easy. So even though I have opened a can of worms, I know that there is light at the end of the tunnel because when you believe in something you're already half way there. The total estimated cost to fully restore and make the Little Red Barn up to code is about $50,000 - $75,000. Some of the renovations required are outside lighting, landscaping, parking lot, resurfacing downstairs floor, extra staircase for fire emergency, smoke and pull fire alarms, install new septic system, and making the bathroom and at least one stairway handicapped accessible. On top of this I need to hire professionals like engineers, soil scientists, and septic designers to put my project on paper and submit the proper paperwork to the state to even get the okay to do all of the above renovations. Unfortunately, such professionals are not cheap, but they are a necessity for me to move forward. Hiring them will cost me about $10,000. Now, my mother taught me well when discerning my wants and needs, so that is why I have set my goal to $10,000. If I reach my goal, that is awesome because I will allow me to move forward by establishing my business and that is what I really need. If I make more than my goal that will be even better because that will allow me to move forward AND start on my renovations while maintaining a low overhead, keeping prices affordable for guests, and that is what I want. However, if I do not reach my goal I will not give up. I will do whatever it takes to restore the Little Red Barn because this project is bigger than me, and this beautiful piece of history deserves to live on.
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