Melonie Corder wrote: Love the idea of creating beauty in a derelict area but consider if your hard work would be protected.[/list]
[Are the neighbors on board, indifferent. Do they have kids that could potentially disrupt harmony when you leave your land unattended?
With any project the first thing I do is draw it out. Then draw it with all possibilities.
Actually, that's the easy one. Given that to live here I have to be able to get in and out of my little valley in the winter, that limits a home site to the NW lot up top, with maybe a walkout basement leading to one of the paths. The other end lot becomes a bit of an access road. THAT is the part I really don't have figured at all yet. Till I draw out the slopes ...
If you plan to build a home there picking the site first would be important, then you can zone out from there.
I've always loved terraced gardens. My legs are my weak point so they aren't in my future You mentioned junk trees, could you use them to build up terraces hugelkultur style?
thomas rubino wrote: Now I will tell you it is much harder to accomplish than folks think. A lot of variables involved with making usable power with water and it gets expensive the more power you want to make. Don't let me talk you out of trying, but approach it slowly with many calculations (pressure and flow) before you start investing much capital.
and at some point, I hope they have kids! Because I'm not doing this for me and I don't know that my two girls want to inherit Dad's pet project. So a bit of MY planning is to plant a little curiosity about what yon city slicker is up to and over time enlist said kids and parents in the bits of madness final "to launch" year of stuff that would otherwise be hellaciously expensive to complete.