The well-thought-out homestead layout.
If there isn't a book with this title, someone ought to write it!
I'm in the process of designing the layout of a homestead I'm planning on building from scratch on a large parcel of wooded land. This is rough, and slighly pitched mountain terrain with a large pond, no pre-existing buildings and a healthy population of bear, dear and coyotes; so installing a good fence it's perhaps the first thing worth looking into: what type to use, how much land to enclose, etc. In making this decision, I'm also trying to learn of any principles that may apply to the location of each building in the homestead in relation to its individual function and frequency of use during different seasons.
While discussing the "fence" topic on another thread, I received a very insightful reply from Lynda in OH who describes the layout of the tensile fence she's installed on her land as having a doughnut shape I see as being very smart and practical. (Check Lynda's 2nd post on the "Tricky homestead-dog question" thread).
I think it could be very useful to many of us if we could discuss the benefits of Linda's and other homestead layouts that includes the most commonly found buildings and landscape features:
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If some of you have sketches or aerial photos of your homestead, it might be a great idea to post them!