I am brand new to permaculture. Just finishing a PCD class with Geoff Lawton in an online class.
We have a fairly large home on 10 acres that is very nice. Built and gardened thinking we would live here forever. In the mean time we bought 8 acres that has a small continual stream and 40' creek access.
Of course there are many pros and cons to starting over but I would love your advice. I broke my back last year and really want to down size our home. Even though we built as energy efficient as we knew how to our attitude has changed and we want to be less of a consumer and more of a producer.
First, I need to find an architect in Florida that can design for our codes who also knows how to truly build energy, green efficient. An "out of the box" thinker.
I do not want a typical conventional home but Florida has so many restrictions I need serious help in the design.
I would appreciate your advice and any direction toward an Architect. We would be our own GC as we would build with no debt if our current home did not sell.
In the mean time we will go forward with our plan to do Swales and ponds on our current property and all things permaculture.
Thank you in advance for your time.
Katherine... I have lots of experience in Florida with Architects, Engineers, Builders, etc - When you are back in the market let me know; glad to help - I am a LEED AP / Consultant; have lived in Central and South Florida - right now on the road; exploring EcoVillages and gearing up for the trip to California to attend Permaculture Voices
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