Tips for Planning a Country Homestead
Plan and layout your
property in a natural way.
hath three conditions - commodity, firmness and delight.
Sir Henry Wotton, 1651
We shape our buildings, and
afterwards our buildings shape us.
Maximize the use and expand the perceived size of your lot by setting the house back from the road, curving a longer drive and providing a variety of experiences such as shelter and openness.
Don't build a suburban house on country land. Break the dominance of the car and think of the project as a compound of structures, each with indoor and outdoor living spaces. Fences, patios, trellises, decks and gardens define outdoor space just as walls and ceilings do indoors. Climate will determine if your layout needs to all be connected.
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