A Beginning

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

Good old remodelista, they always come through!

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4 Responses to A Beginning

  1. fairmaiden says:

    My hubby and I have dreamed these past 22 yrs. while driving through the rolling farmlands of Petaluma on our way to the Sonoma Coast, of such a place. But we too could never figure out how to do it…cost, job, relocate our family, etc. It is a beautiful location and I do hope your dreams come true!

  2. Gaia says:

    I hpe your dream will come true really soon!

    thanks for your visit and for your kind comment!

  3. Kerri says:

    How exciting for you! It's so nice when you find someone whose ideas are so in sinc with yours – can't wait to see what you come up with! K xx

  4. Struggler says:

    Excited for you! The first step to achieving a dream is having a clear idea of what it is, so you are well on the road.

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