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Buying a flat soon - essentials that I need to consider?

 
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(I've put this post in 'Passive Solar' because I couldn't find a 'General' section to select instead.)


Hello, I'm looking for a ground floor flat to buy and am new to permaculture. What are the fundamentals which I need to consider when choosing a flat/garden? E.g. Should I only consider gardens which are south or part-south facing? Is the ability to add a conservatory important?

Any tips about factors which I won't be able to change once I've bought the flat would be gratefully received, and/or recommendations of books which would help me (I have the Earthcare Manual but it has so much info' - I need to buy the flat soon and don't have time to make myself a Permaculture expert before I buy the flat!).

Many thanks.

Gavin
 
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As you used the word flat may we assume you live in the UK?
 
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Yes, I live in the UK
 
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i am not sure you have the same crazy limitations I have heard of in the US and here in Brazil, but I would definitely check to see if there are rules about what you can do/have on your porches and windows. I gave a friend a strawberry plant, only to hear that her building did not allow plants on the balconies and she would get a fine. I know similar things also often apply for hanging laundry to dry. I know for me, plants and laundry are deal-breakers!!
 
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