Well, it looks as though I have found my architect.
For months now I have been obsessively drawing and redrawing the Petaluma barn I dream of building one day. My parameters are very clear: I need only a smallholding, with good soil and good water, preferably in the Petaluma Gap as I wilt in the heat. I want a small mixed orchard at the rear, with an outdoor tub like Elly’s in Aups, and raised vegetable beds at the front.
Solar panels, maybe solar-heated water, rain-water collection, thick walls (straw-bale?) – you get the drift! And I would love to have a composting toilet.
I am envisaging the high central room as a workroom as well as for receiving. One wing would be my bedroom and bathroom, the other side would have the kitchen and a snug, with wood-burning stove. Open verandahs either side of that, with a sunroom on the kitchen side, laundry on the bedroom/orchard side.
A root cellar, and I am in heaven.
Then in remodelista this morning I find this article: http://remodelista.com/posts/architect-visit-daniel-hale-saint-helena It isn’t about the plan, it’s about the sensibility – completely in accord with my Rough Linen. I am very excited – I may not have the land, or the money, but I do have the direction.
See more on at http://daniel-hale.blogspot.com/2010/05/taking-bath.html and the rest of Daniels blog.Copyright 2010 Douglas Sterling
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