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Property at a Glance

  • 5 acres, terraced, and wooded with Asche Juniper and Live Oak
  • 5,600 square foot strawbale home
  • 2 car carport with a one car garage/shop and large parking area
  • 80,000 gallon rainwater collection system with pumphouse
  • State-of-the-art sand filtration septic system with an 8,000 sq. ft. drip irrigated feild
  • 2,400 sq. ft. of raised beds for intensive gardening

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Details

The Property, located in the hill country 25 minutes WNW of downtown Austin is 5 wooded, gently sloping/terraced acres consisting of primarily Ashce Juniper and Live Oak. The basic principals of a permaculture farm or a sustainable living system were taken into consideration when the home was designed in 1995 and constructed in 1996.

Not only did the overall sustainable living system design take into consideration the contour and orientation of the property, seasonal breezes, and the current state of the soil and ecosytem (after more than a century of overgrazing), it delved into the issues of how we would design and build the home with a minimal "footprint", handle our power consumption, collect water and use it efficiently, produce much of our own organic food, manage our waste as a resource, and enhance the overall ecosystem surrounding the home.

The result was the construction of a 5,600 square foot strawbale home (to house a family of six and the management of two home-based businesses) with a two car carport and a one car garage/workshop, a large parking area, an 80,000 gallon rainwater collection system (the largest in Texas at the time of construction) that fills at the rate of 4,200 gallons per inch of rain (average annual rainfall is 30 inches), 1,200 square feet of raised beds in the front (herb/kitchen garden) and 1,200 square feet in the back (vegetable garden) of the home, a sand filtration septic system with an 8,000 square foot drip irrigated field.

Over a period of eight years, we worked to restore the soil by making and using large amounts of compost and managing runoff; created and developed intensive gardening areas; introduced farm animal systems; and developed the overall ecosystem by introducing plants that enhanced the soil and fed and/or protected many beneficial animals, birds and insects.

Though the home has been consistently occupied and its systems are functioning, the farm and gardens have not been managed for the past four years and will need some work to restore it back to its ideal state.

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