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We just recently purchased 5 acres of land where we live in Ohio. It is rectangular in shape, around 235x940ft. We plan to build a house on the back half of the property (around 2000-2500sq ft). On the picture you might be able to see the black lines which are part of the old fence from when it and the neighboring lot were used as pasture. We are keeping the fence up and plan to add more fence to enclose it again. Do you have any ideas of how we should go about the layout? We plan to have a horse or goat, chickens, and possibly bees. We also would like to have a small greenhouse in the future. Thanks for any ideas you have! Do you have any resources for planning a layout? I'm so new to this!
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Looks just like my parcel! (270x807)

We didn't have much choice on layout, since our buildings were already in place.

I wish our predecessors had allowed space for an addition on the house. The driveway, garage, and septic system really box it in and leave no flexibility.

What they did right, though, was putting the house near the road. Shoveling or plowing a driveway all the way to the back of the property would be awful, not to mention the way the driveway would cut up whatever we were trying to create.

Just some thoughts from someone in a similar spot!
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Your land looks pretty flat from the air, but there must be some kind of contour, however slight. I would base my design on the contour so that the parts can work together. Your road can be a catchment for water, etc. Also, once you've chosen your home site, you can start thinking in zones closer and further from the house to plan your use of the land, with the areas needing to be visited least being furthest from your back door. The septic system's leach lines can be under an area used for shrubby plants like berries and other perennials which don't have invasive roots. Living areas could be adorned with arcades, trellises, and pergolas for 20 years while shade trees are growing. Chicken coops can be placed as semicircular hubs so the you can access the nesting boxes from the home side and rotate the birds into various pasture areas and/ or gardens from the other side for grazing as needed. Double-fencing around the garden and run chickens in between during the day and dogs at night.
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