Since purchasing the 5.5 acres block we have not done anything to it. We let the grass grow and then had it cut and baled into hay. We sold it off and made a few bucks which was good but we do not want to just keep doing that. We are hoping that my mum and dad will be able put some cattle on it to keep the grass down but we have to set up a water supply first.
There were a few things we wanted to investigate while we were there including organising the planting of a wind break down one boundary with a new fence to stop any animals eating it, take some soil samples to see just what our soil was like and to have Hubby's dad (a retired architect) have a look at the land as he is helping us with our house design.
|Mum and Hubby (tape measure in hand) surveying the land.|
On a clear day you can see Mt Ruapehu in the distance to the right of the pine trees.
The land had previously been used for sheep farming and some cropping. A few parcels of land (1 x 4.5 acre, 1 x 5.5 acre ours, 2 x 10 acre and 1 x 8 acre) have been subdivided off and all but one are sold and 2 already have homes on them. Ours is the last block of land at the end of the road with only one neighbour so should be quiet.
|This is the view south looking over our land|
I will be looking at this whole process from a permaculture perspective so this is Observe and Interact stage of the cycle. You can read more about it here on Liz's blog where she has written a great piece about it.
Being over here does make things a bit tricky in terms of regular observation but on the positive side we also have a long time in which to plan and consider all our options.
|We will be planting the windbreak down this fence line which is our western boundry.|
I think I know how we are going to orientate the house (just have to work out if it should be true north or magnetic north???) but trying to work out the placement is slightly more difficult. I do not want to be too close to the road nor too far. I am trying to imagine how we will use the house and garden area into the future and what our requirements will be if we have more pets and /or kids. I know that you can change things as you go through life but I want to have put some thought into it now at the designing stage.
|The view East|
I am a planner, investigator, organiser so I will be asking for your thoughts and feedback throughout this process. I am open to all thoughts and suggestions and love getting diverse opinions of how things should be done.
So not that you have seen you have seen the blank canvas we have to work with what are your thoughts?
Have you built a house before?
What advice do you have in terms of planning for possibly having kids in the future?