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Mini Cordwood House Plans: The Layout

Here it is, my favorite part of planning a house, the floorplans!  I coudn’t get it all in one piece.  It hasn’t been sunny enough to charge my laptop that has the photo editing software on it. Here is the quick breakdown:  We will be off grid completely.  Up is …

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8. Integrate Rather than Segregate

Much of modern agriculture is large, monoculture farms.  Monoculture means that the farms produce one crop in mass quantities, like corn or wheat.  Permaculture focuses more on polyculture.  This means to grow many crops all together as one big happy family. There are a few reasons why polyculture works so …

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Mini Cordwood House Plans: Design Process

Happy Spring! Our house was designed quite differently than houses are often designed.  Many people look at a cape or a split level and some fancy floor plans.  You look at what color roof you want and what color shutters.  How much can we get financed for? tends to be …

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7. Design from Pattern to Details

Permaculture principle number 7 is design from patterns to details.  A huge part of permaculture is following the patterns of nature.  Nature does things in a way that runs smoothly and efficiently.  It does not produce unusable waste or take in excess, usually.  Following the patterns of nature should help …

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Mini Cordwood House: No Waste

Building a house and living in a house both produce large amounts of waste.  Not our house!  This will be as close to a no waste as possible and our finished house will produce no where near what a conventional home might produce. Since we are using almost all natural …

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6. Produce No Waste

The next permaculture principle is produce no waste.  No wasting things can be anything from recycling to being efficient and not wasting time.  Much of the “waste” we produce can be used for other things with just a little creativity. One of the most obvious sources of waste is simply …

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Mini Cordwood House Plans: Why Natural Building

One of the more commonly seen natural homes out there is the Hobbit House.  Thank you to Being Somewhere for the photos. Natural homes, in my opinion, are the most beautiful homes you coud build.  When our house is done, it will be beautiful just because it is a natural …

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5. Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services

The fifth permaculture principle is use and value renewable resources and services.  I know what you’re thinking, solar power! but it is so much more than that. We always try to make the most of our renewable reources here on the homestead for a few reasons.  Anything we can gather …

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Mini Cordwood House: For Practice

Our dream home is a fairly complex natural home with lots of fun additions like an attached green house and an amazing masonry stove as the centerpiece of the home.  This house will take a lot of skills to build.  A lot of skills that we do not currently have.  …

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4. Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback

The fourth principle of permaculture is to apply self regulation and accept feedback.  Self regulation is about mimicing the systems of nature to form your own living systems.  Natural systems take what they need to grow and reproduce and not more.  These systems can adapt to change, which is accepting …

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