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Permaculture Design

Permaculture is an agricultural school of thought that combines ancient and cutting-edge techniques to sustainably produce food while also improving the environment. While the approach may differ greatly depending on each climate the underlying fundamentals remain consistent: introduce biodiversity, produce a yield, capture and store energy, recycle waste, and work together with nature. But permaculture does far more than provide food. It is so powerful that it has been deployed in deserts around the world to successfully reverse desertification and restore life to depleted soils.

Data + Research

The first phase of your permaculture design includes in-depth research and data assimilation. Understanding the geography and history of weather patterns on your land will be necessary to strategize in congruity with nature. This will likely include on-site observation and study.

Food

For a garden to be truly sustainable we’ll have to remove all external inputs including: fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide, soil importation, etc. The self-replicating abilities of a natural forest ecosystem can be emulated to eventually grow nutrient rich food year-around. Using permaculture design we’ll be able to strategize according to your unique property and personal goals.

Water

With appropriate water strategies we can irrigate crops, rehydrate soils, replenish aquifers, raise fish, and even generate electricity. From capturing to distribution, your permaculture design will include the long-term plan for complete water autonomy.

Energy

Through the natural phenomena of the earth and sun we can harness things like passive heating and cooling, gravity-fed water distribution, and renewable electricity. When designed to work together multiple energy systems can supplement one another to even greater effect! (ex: such as a thermal mass rocket stove that also passively heats water)

Natural Building

New technologies combined with timeless building techniques are empowering individuals to build natural homes unlike ever before. Using affordable materials it’s possible to build a house that provides for your family’s needs instead of the other way around. Not only can it be leagues more energy efficient, but it can result in carbon zero or even carbon positive structure. Each house has unique challenges that we’re excited to help you navigate, whatever your geological, financial, or regulatory circumstances.

Comfort

With passive heating and cooling strategies your family can stay comfortable no matter what – with or without electricity. We can create comfortable indoor climates without constant pollution from HVAC systems. This effectively removes 50% of the electricity consumption used in an average home. If you’re on-the-grid that means cheaper bills. Off-the-grid: smaller system requirements.

Economics

Autonomous homes that we architect are designed not only to outperform conventional homes but to greatly surpass them in terms of affordability. If houses can be better and cheaper then shouldn’t they be? Not only that, but with minimal maintenance these homes will greatly out-last conventional timber framed homes.

Safety

Fireproof. Earthquake and tornado resistant. With the thoughtful application of building materials and appropriate structural engineering we can create much safer structures than the conventional stick-frame house. Not to mention the lack of thousands of toxic and environmentally damaging materials found in conventional homes that we circumvent entirely.

Recycling

Water can be captured using off-the-grid setups then stored, filtered, heated, and distributed throughout your home. Gray water can be recycled to grow plants or distributed to other fixtures like a toilet. Wastewater can then be handled to grow non-edible plants, create biogas, or build soil. Every source of energy is reused as much as possible to proliferate life and minimize waste.

Homestead Research

Finding your dream home is challenging enough. If that dream includes going off-grid or building a natural home, the problems compound. Navigating the layers of bureaucracy to find out what you’re allowed to do can be daunting. We know, we’ve done it ourselves. With experience developing real estate technology dealing with vast quantities of property data, we are well equipped to help you sift through the noise. We’re not real estate agents - they come into play later. What we do is help you narrow your search anywhere in the US and decipher the legal obstacles.

Off-Grid

If your goal is to live off-grid then you have a lot of options. Vast expanses of rural real estate are available for relatively cheap because there is no existing infrastructure - particularly in the northern US and Alaska. Deserts are second-to-none in affordability and a special opportunity to regenerate the earth if you practice permaculture, however, the challenges in building under these conditions will also be amplified. Whatever your budget, we can help you discover what options are available.

Regulations

Already have a piece of property in mind but not sure about the building restrictions? Let us know and we’ll do the digging for you: federal, state, city, county, and neighborhood. If you hire us to design your natural home we can also make adaptations to conform to regional regulations.

Data

With experience developing software for the real estate industry we have a strong grasp on where to look - and how to do so effectively. Zillow letting you down? It’s just one small piece of the puzzle. Wanting to buy property in cash? You have a lot more options with foreclosure auctions. Tell us about the homestead of your dreams and we will help you manifest it.