|Cape Elizabeth, Maine, US|
This project is demonstration site for converting a "typical" 1/3 acre residential property to a model of abundant post-carbon living using permaculture design and techniques.
The first iteration of the design for this project was created in 2005 and then redrawn in 2006. The home is a 1500 square foot cottage built in 1930 (in need of retrofits) located on 1/3 acre in a residential neighborhood approximately 3 miles from downtown Portland Maine.
Elements already implemented:
House insulated & air-sealed
Heating with wood
Solar Hot Water
Unheated greenhouse (polytunnel) for season extension
"Quick Hoops" and portable hoophouses
Various Perennial Food Plantings (Berries, Nuts, etc.)
Rainwater Collection System
Composting & Vermicomposting
Muscovy & Ancona Ducks
Chickens (eggs & meat)
Extensive "Lawn Eradication"
No-Dig Garden Beds (>20)
Clothesline (outdoors) + Airer on Pulleys (indoor)
In the plan, being implemented near term:
Outdoor oven/kitchen/rocket stove
Thermally massive sunroom
Edible Forest Garden
Wood Cookstove Indoors
We welcome visitors on Fridays, by appointment.
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