First time poster here! Hello!
May be a fairly "noob" question, but I am new - and my copy of Mike Oehler's book & DVDs haven't arrived yet. While I am hopeful many of my questions will be answered by completing his works, this one matter has been bothering me and I just need to figure it out ASAP!
Forgive me if this has been covered before, which I am sure it certainly has - But I can not seem to locate a "search" forum function. Am I overlooking it?
I live in the south, and I am much more worried about staying cool during the summer than I am warm during winter as it does not snow here. I have nearly 100 acres to build upon, but I have one special place I am hoping will work.. The land is all fairly level, with a good many ponds, and a stream going towards a very large lake located a ways off my property. I am wanting an earth sheltered home, with possibly cob thrown in somewhere for the sheer creativity aspect of it.
But my seemingly very simply question is this: in just which direction would one want their Oehler inspired home facing if built in the south???
Attached is an overview of the portion of my land I plan to build on. The pink circle area is the highest elevation around, but no slopes. It is a good area of level land, and then a fairly gentle lowering of all land around it. The blue lines are the beautiful stream, and the ponds are clear to see..
I would obviously prefer to have most viewing windows facing either the stream or the nearest pond..
Keeping all of that in mind - where can I face my home to take advantage of a great view, while still keeping cool in summer?