First is the pole barn. I actually just finished these up last night. Half of the building (16'X24') is the chicken coop. It will have 24 nest boxes, 200 feet of roost space, 5 brooding/breeding pens, an automatic water dispenser and food stations. This half of the building will have a dirt floor that can be easily raked, and we will use straw to help absorb...well stuff. The birds will have free access to their run and time to range over the rest of the 10 acres (if we can get the hawk problem under control.) The chicken area will open into the goat barn (16'X16') with 2 pens and an area to milk. Each pen will open out into their run and have food and water. That will lead into the small (16'X8') dairy. It will have a milk fridge, a sink for washing milking equipment, counters and storage for grain. The incubator will also go in this room. Both of these rooms will have a concrete floor. We are also going to have a small hayloft in the rafter space.
Next is my greenhouse. Now, this is not a plan that is fully agreed on around here. I want it to be built partially below grade and Mike doesn't like that plan. So let's call this one a "dream solar greenhouse". It is 14'X30' and built with solid earthbag north, east and west walls to help hold the heat in the winter time. The south wall is slanted and either glass or plastic. It has 3 raised beds, a potting bench, a fish tank (Mike wants to try aquaculture) and a rainwater collection cistern. There is also a sketch in the top corner of a cutaway view that shows how it's below ground.
Now, moving on to the guesthouse... I drew this up specifically with my sister-in-law in mind (she often comes out and spends the summer with us) but it would be great for anyone who comes to visit. It is 16'X16' interior space with either straw bale, earthbag, or cob construction. The bed platform and the bench (which doubles as an extra bed) in the living area will be built in to the structure. It will have a bathroom with a shower and a kitchenette with a small fridge, sink and microwave. We might end up putting in a small wood stove for winter visitors.
The last drawing isn't a building, it's the current plan for my garden. I have been working on this plan for the last 6 months and I have drawn this up about 100 different ways. This isn't the whole garden, it doesn't include the artichoke bed, the berries, the beans, the melons or the corn and wheat (because I haven't decided where to put them yet.) The 2 beds closest to the back of the house (50 sq ft each) are for herbs. Each of the other 16 beds are 32 sq ft. I will be able to put a chicken tractor directly over each bed so that the chickens can dig up bugs and help turn the soil between crops. The 3 sections of beds are arranged so that I can have a 3 year crop rotation schedule. The asparagus bed will run down the entire side of the house and the potato bed will run right next to it. I'm sure that this will expand as time goes by, but this is what I'm going to be working with this year. I'm hoping to grow as much of our produce as I possibly can and put up a lot of tomatoes and green beans in the pantry.
That's all for tonight. Sleep well everyone and have a great day tomorrow!