T Beek and tefer2, Thanks for the feedback and input...
My original thoughts were 4 boxes for brood and up to 3 supers per hive...hence 21 boxes. I've got a suspicion that in my area they may only take 3 boxes for brood, but I am running 8 frame equipment, so....I'm really not sure on that, I been told the bees will make that decision. So from a 3 hive plan point of view, I think I'm in pretty decent shape. I guess my oversight was the possibility of having to deal with a split or a swarm or something like that. As I said, I don't necessarily have plans to expand this early, if at all. However, should my bees be booming, I want to be able to handle that possibility. I also, don't want to be the over exuberant new beek that needs but 12 boxes to get through his first year but builds 30+. :? But I do appreciate the fact that there's really no way to know that answer. I guess that's part of the fun and challenge of beekeeping. :-D
So....With that being said, Would cranking out another 12 boxes put me more in the prepared or paranoid category???
As you can probably tell, I think I'm leaning that way! :)