Is this house your permanent, year-round residence? Do you expect to move in the future? If so, how soon?
This site is expectedly our permanent residence, contingent only on the decision making of Reisbeck Subdivision.
Are the existing driveways and paved paths on-site adequate? Do they need expansion now or in the future? Can they be reduced in size? Will or do you need more area for parking, or for storage, of large equipment or recreational vehicles (tractors, boats, trailers, and such)?
For our current use, the existing driveways are adequate.
We expand access roads just as much as is needed to provide resource drop-off and pickup to and from the land.
We decentralize social life from the automobile by operating with a “no superfluous roads” precept.
Walking, mule trails, and some main vein bicycle paths are created for movement around the land.
Vehicle storage is done in the main extant parking lot, near the barn and along 112th Ave. for overflow “party” traffic.
Do you expect to increase the size of the house septic system at any time in the future? If you have a septic system and decide to add bedrooms, you will need to increase the size of the septic system to accommodate the extra bedrooms.
Our human waste disposal program uses the humanure moldering toilet system.
We integrate an attached moldering toilet to every new building we create.
Where appropriate numbers and use will allow, we use a digester to harvest usable biogas methane.
Our human waste recycling effectively makes a problem into a solution by creating a usable product out of otherwise pollution.
Are the patios, decks, and so on adequately sized? Do you see any expansion of these?
Our permaculture design has earmarked for an attached shade house and outdoor kitchen with a wood fired hot tub attached to the North side of the main farmhouse.
What activities occur outside around your house? Where do they occur, and what size, shape, and location of an area do these need? Are there any needs for lawn-sports areas, children’s play areas, outdoor cooking, group gatherings, and so on? How many people, what size area, and how frequently?
Large parties happen here at most twice a year of 200+/- people (Summer equinox and harvest) and use the barn space, vehicle lot and outdoor kitchen space.
There is an outdoor kitchen on the North side of the main farmhouse.
There is a small intimate and quiet space for small meetings (15 people max.) in the mandala of the forest garden.
Do you plan or want to leave room for major landscape elements such as a pool, pond, tennis or other game court, shed, greenhouse, and the like?
We set aside land according to our desire to implement a large-scale, keyline aquaculture operation.
All houses, commercial buildings, and barns have attached greenhouses a la CRMPI.
What other gardens might you have or like to have in the future?
All residential buildings have forest gardens around them, providing sustenance to their inhabitants.
All outer zones (2 and beyond) are the commons shared between residence buildings.
What service area requirements are there now or might there be in the future, e.g., dog runs, clotheslines, compost and trash areas, septic tank pump-truck access, or gas and oil tanks?
Our static compost areas are relegated generally to zone 2’s.
Trash produced from our almost zero waste community is either taken to the dump, it is set on either 112th Ave., or Belle Creek Rd. to wait for pick up.
There is a clothesline that runs between the two telephone poles just 20 feet North of the barn.
We leave at least 90’ of pump-tank to septic tank and clean out line access.