Let me start by thanking you all for your time and input.
parkwest asked a question I have been giving a lot of thought to... wouldn't it be better to just to hire someone. I think it would be if I could find the right "someone". I am open to the idea, but I haven't been able to take it past the initial stages. I am compiling a list of potential sources though. I have been a bit hesitant to pursue it too deeply because this home, I hope to be Resilient. I mean by Resilient the following... livable and useable after events that normally for people out of their homes or make them unusable. In making it Resilient I believe I will need to minimize the materials that are susceptible to water damage, fire damage, mold, mildew, termites, as well as other things, which probably means a very limited use of wood. In short there may need to be a lot of cementatious products/components. Still I am very open to the idea of someone with the expertise and an enthusiastic vision for Resilence being the Designer and Ideally the Designer/Builder/Engineer. Those are a lot of hats to wear well. Anyway, that is an attempt at explaining why I have hesitated going down that path. I will offer on emore anecdotal reason. My brother and sister-in-law are just finishing a retirement in Colorado (it should be finished in November). The had a beautiful idea they found in a magazine, however, the designer/builder they chose, who has a great reputation, steered them away from their dream and I feel they "settled". This is a bit sad in my mind as it was a dream they had and I think with the "right" designer/builder they probably cold have realized it. I hope not to be in such a position, but it may happen to me too. That all said, I wish I could find the right designer and I am still open to and prefer that direction.
In the meantime I am trying to learn all I can and trying to make sometype if preliminary decision as to whether SP or CA would be the best fit for this project.
ParkWest did mention the cost of a computer and I have thought on that too..... as I understand it most of the graphics and CPU power is need for rendering especially the rendering of lighting. I think what I have will be sufficient for 2D drawings.. I have a 2017 27" 5K Retina iMac with a 4.2GHz QuadCore Hyperthreading CPU with 64GB RAM and a Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB VRAM and a 1TB NVMe SSD (runs at around 2000MBs read and write) which is probably adequate for everything that CA can do since CA runs as a native Mac app. It is in running SP in a virtual machine that I see perfrmance issues and then only with rendering. If I run it in Bootcamp it improves, but the rendering demands a lot of GPU and CPU resources. I think if I wanted to eliminate that problem I would have to go with the NVIDIA 1080Ti or the new RTX 2080Ti. Anyawy for 2D plans ethier should work with my current machine. If I am wrong on that please let me know.
Ideally I would find someone in the area of the lot that is a Resilience enthusiast.
Right now in trying to learn with the trials I am trying to figure out what i need to create a plot plan that is accurate and usable and how to create a material that I feel is key to my goals, namely a particular brand of ICF that is 24" wide by 8 in high x 12" deep.
I haven't read all the replies yet so I will do try to get to that next. Thakns again. Robert