We´ve received the survey, and now have an Architect. Whoot!
After cogitating about the house, we sent off an initial plan, indicating our ideas of distributing the space.
We expect this to change, and unfortunately the drawing isn´t to scale (at all), but it seemed like a good starting off point.
So while strides are made with the interior, that leaves me obsessing about the exterior. I added what I think is the rest of the existing infrastructure (walls, the bread oven, the major trees we probably won´t be removing), and a covered patio we´ll hopefully be adding if the budget allows. To the west, on the other side of the creek, is a heavily wooded lot. To the east is an uninhabited property separated by a crumbling retaining wall and a difference of about 5 feet in soil height. There´s a chunk of wall west of the barn which used to have an horreo (Galician grain shed)on top. Original owner gave it away.
The highest point is the SE corner with the terrain gently sloping to the NW in general. This presents some drainage issues. I think we may have to implement some kind of terracing. By the time we´ve had a septic tank and drainfield dug out, I have to try to manage the topsoil so it can get safely re-used. I´m also thinking raised beds.
For now, I´ve identified 3 zones, the one closest to the house, the section northeast of the barn, and the big open area to the south. I´m figuring that we´ll deal first with the area around the house, then a potager/kitchen garden and fruit area and finally get around to the pasture.
At least initially, I think I want some kind of gravel for paths and the driveway. We still have to figure out where to put the car. I saw crushed mussel shells as an aggregate material online the other day, that might be interesting. Bet the chickens would love it.
Placement of fruit and nut trees needs to happen ASAP, since they can take 5 or more years to produce. Also thinking I will have to have a try with grapes. And hops, which will need a 10-15´ height accommodation. Maybe an arbor?
So more posts with garden and interior design porn will surely follow. Any advice or thoughts are welcome.