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Where are you going to build?

Location is something you will need to consider. Where you set up your home is where you will be set up for some time, if not your entire life.

Climate will affect where you will choose to build and will also determine the design of your building. You wouldn’t build the same home in Alice Springs as you would in the Daintree. If you live in a high waterfall area, you will need to have a home designed which engages well with high water flow. If you are building in the desert, you will need to focus on designing a home which is clever when it comes to rain water harvesting. You may even need to invest in a bore. You can really build a home in most environments if you really want to live there. Some things you may want to avoid are flood zones, disaster prone regions and any sort of chemical test/dip sites. It becomes a dance between what we want as individuals and what the planet wants for its natural cycles.

Settling with the right land is very important as well. there are many things you need to know in the way of water flow, land contour and aspect, soil type as well as many other variables. If you are unsure about conducting this assessment yourself, feel free to contact us for a consultation or another credible source.

You will also need to decide if the local community you are moving into is going to be a good playground for your prosperity. You may find the perfect piece of land by a waterfall with native pixies and gold flakes in its running creek! It may be rich in resources and sunlight but you may be a social butterfly about to move into a town of 70 introverts. You will need to decide if there is scope for your happiness there. Check out the town. Find out what they do for social events, how they feel about fracking etc. IF YOU MOVE INTO A TOWN THAT ENGAGES IN CSG MINING, YOU WILL HAVE MAJOR ISSUES WITH YOUR WATER AND VEGETATION. Very important.

Find out what the building requirements are of that region. This can hold things up majorly if you happen across a difficult council. It could potentially double or triple your total build costs and they may not allow integral parts of your built in living systems, leaving you with an expensive shadow of the home you were going to originally build. Be clever though, dont go in with your green guns a blazin’. Just ask them what they require and see if you can design around those guidelines. And remember, an organisations that assumes that much power need to be treated as a friend. You are always more likely to help a friend before an angry, self-righteous polar bear.

you will want to ask your self “will living in this climate help me reach my true potential”. Dont forget to leave things up to chance and serendipity too. There is so much power in releasing your attachment to things and allowing the wind to take you to a new and exciting place. There is an old saying that goes something like ‘the water holds the memory and the wind carries the wisdom’. So, if you trust the wisdom and the memory of the planet, allow it to help you with your guidance.

David Holgren on Permaculture

Michael Reynolds - codes and regulations

Graham Sait - soil health