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RENOVATIONS FOR AGING IN PLACE

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.

permaculture home sketch for framing of wall for storm shelter and roof

Permaculture Home Concept: Detailing a Storm Shelter

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.

permaculture concept home exterior drawing

PERMACULTURE HOME DESIGN UPDATE

What would my permaculture concept house look like at this point? Here’s a quick 3min video of what that exterior would look like simply using the floor plan.

Permaculture Concept Home: Not a Starter Home

This is a floor plan for a forever home-where I would hope to host family reunions with my grandkids sitting under the shade of a food forest their parents grew up in. I have enough of the spaces figured out in my head and can start being more creative with it.

Permaculture Home - extending a slab for thermal mass

Extending Thermal Gain in a Home

Can we make our exterior walls and windows warmer – letting our floor capture more heat and radiate warmth beneath our feet during the cold winter months, by stretching out the structure to increase thermal gain from the sun?

Managing Water in Zone Zero

I found myself dreaming about pvc pipe layouts at 5am and contemplating better routes to run water utilities beneath the slab. We should manage and function stack these water utilities in zone zero with as much design effort as we do for our zone 1 to 5 water systems

A remote workshop shed conversion to help kick off a homestead.

REMOTE WORKSHOP SHED

Worried of the logistics and the size of starting out a homestead from scratch? You want to take it on in manageable chunks. You may want an inexpensive, flexible shed to use as your weekend workshop.

REVISITING CLIMATE ZONES

Given the Texas freeze we had 2 weeks ago, I think we should spend some time evaluating how we here in Texas design homes for the cold. However, what does it mean when we say we should design for colder climates even in Texas?

Record Winter Temps in Texas

We lost power on Monday early morning. I woke up at 3:30am, and it was already cold. I estimate that we lost power at least an hour more than that, at 2:30am

rural permaculture architecture

OUR STEPS TO GET NEW LAND STARTED

My family and I have been looking at purchasing property outside of the metropolis we are in, here in Dallas TX. Plan B is to find acreage with no house on it. If we find one at the right price, here’s a list of projects we could put in that would help us transition a home into it:

Perspective of the rabbitry + chicken shed

RABBITRY + CHICKEN SHED

A peek into how I designed a rabbitry plus chicken coop and run to suit the lifestyle design of an awesome homesteading client.

DEFENSIBLE HOME DESIGN

We need to consider how a home can be more secure at the onset of the design. We also need to have options to increasing security for homes that are already built-here are some ideas from an article by Jeff Cooper called “Notes on Tactical Residential Architecture”.

EXPANDABLE HOMES

A home must be expandable. This also means that one can build at a more remote location more easily. Consider how homes were built back in the pioneering/homesteading days when a family would start with a basic shed and expand as their stability in their land was established. To build DIY remote homes we must consider this historically proven solution.

Future concerns

In the last week, protesters got into the Capitol building. An elected president of a world superpower has been censored. And pro-free speech social media app Parler has been attacked by the big tech companies (Apple, Google and Amazon).

Homes Produce Yields

Let’s chat about some of the different yields we can get from our homes from an architecture and permaculture perspective.

kitchen island from Downtown Abbey

Improvements for a Permaculture Home

How about more permaculture oriented changes to make a more permaculture home? How about a few more creative ideas we can use for our zonezero:
-enhanced kitchen space
-workshop space
-natural ventilation
-furniture layout
-avoid bottlenecks

Making Architecture more Permaculture

It is about time that we saw our homes shift to the ideas that are driving us. We need these homes to catch up to the inspired food forested land that we are designing to support the lifestyles and purposes we want to have.

Why America is Not Building Forever Homes anymore

A Forever Home – one where a family puts down roots, builds their lives together and the kids come to visit mom and dad when they are old. Family memories are etched on the door frames, a tree house the kids built with their dad or the kids’ bedrooms still set aside for when they visit. At the pace we move homes nowadays, these Forever Homes are a rarity, most particularly in the cities.


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