Design your home to use more fresh air instead of spending energy on your HVAC. Permaculture tells us to use natural processes and store energy. Here’s one way we can do it in home design.
Progress design for a permaculture inspired home for homesteading. This shows the main form of the house that meets the purpose it is designed for, the finishes have not yet been selected.
I took the photo outside and this shows the approximate shading the house gets on a winter morning (February)
What is the best spacing to maximize shade from your trellis? I modeled different trellis spacing to see which would get me the most bang for buck of shade for my lumber. This is fine tuned to my geolocated site, set for the summer solstice. The best spacing for my site was 9 inches apart,Continue reading “Optimizing a Trellis Spacing for Texas Summer Solstice”
I can say that, as the year ends, I was able to put much more design thought into this home designed for homesteading. I hope you invested your time well for 2021.
Today is a mini breakthrough for me. I have been working tirelessly at a design for a permaculture concept home, a home for homesteading, for the last year. The thing that took a lot of creative effort for me was the exterior. It was wrestling with years of creative neglect and brainwashing myself into whatContinue reading “A Personal Design Breakthrough”
A home designed with permaculture principles needs to be honest and true to it’s resources. The facade in this sketch mirrors a deeper indoor living space on the north end, and the south end has a shallower interior space but has a deeper shade from the outdoor porch.
I aspire for functional forever homes-where you live the life you dream about and are able to keep doing so into old age. I want you to have that home where your kids grew up in and where your grandkids can visit you. One way we refer to this is the design concept of aging in place.
Inside the permaculture home concept plan I have been working on, I’ve planned for a pantry that can be upgraded to a storm shelter in the main section of the house. Today as I was developing the roof I realized I was very close to connecting the roof supports to one of the storm shelter walls. This raised a red flag in my head.
Would a passive house approach work for what I am trying to do with the permaculture house concept? How does the Passive House design apply to this Texas Permaculture home concept?