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homestead and residential design

homestead design

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A homestead is a home with land on which people aim to live sustainably and self-reliantly.  For instance, a modern homestead may include renewable energy generators on site; such as wind turbines, solar panels, and geothermal heating and cooling. A homestead may include an organic garden, from which the homesteading people harvest food to eat.  As Wikipedia describes, homesteading is "following the modern back-to-the-land movement by adopting a sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle." 

Homesteads and residences are an important landscape with which people connect. It is on home land that many individual people and families live, play, learn, gain a perspective on nature, and enjoy beauty.  Living sustainably with resources and nature enriches people's lives, family relationships, friendships, health, economy, wisdom, freedom, inspiration, creativity, and joy.  Furthermore, using and replenishing local natural resources generally helps the local community, local nature, the global society, and the global environment.

Z-design designs residential landscapes to function in many ways: such as for homesteading, self-reliant and sustainable living, producing resources such as food and energy, playing and learning, planting with native plants, providing amenities for native animals (butterfly garden, bird houses, pond, trees, etc.), and growing a beautiful landscape. Z-design designs landscapes to support clients’ needs and wishes and to benefit society and nature in the present and the future.

homestead and residential design

A client may choose to have all or some of the following features included in their residential or homestead design.
Beauty
Wild Areas (support local natural habitats, sustain an existing wilderness area and / or grow new wild areas)
Structured Areas (food gardens, lawn, patios, etc.)
Recreation Amenities (decks, patios, benches, picnic tables, grill / fire pit, swimming pool, etc.)
Paths (driveway, footpaths, nature trails)
Native Plants
Amenities to Support Local Wildlife (butterfly garden, bird feeders, nest boxes, pond, trees, snags, etc.)
Play Features (swings, tree house, climbing structures, etc.)
Renewable Energy Generators (wind turbine, solar panels, geothermal heating & cooling)
Organic Food Garden
Wild Food Garden / Native Edible Plants, Permaculture, Agro-Ecological Design
Barn and Livestock
Resource & Materials Garden (grow, use, replenish, and sustain trees for utilitarian use; grow, use, replenish, and sustain cattails for utilitarian use; etc.)
Learning Landscape: features with which to learn about local outdoor environment, local habitats and ecology, and local natural resources.
Live-in Landscape: amenities with which to learn and practice Homesteading and Primitive Outdoor Living / Wilderness Survival Skills.

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residential design

Z-design creates landscapes for children of all ages (from birth to 100+ years). Beauty and nature enrich people's lives at every stage in life. Private home properties are an important landscape with which people connect. It is on residential sites that many individual people and families live, play, learn, gain a perspective on nature, and enjoy beauty.

The importance of play and nature in every person's education, health, and development is indicated in many sources (See z-hub's selected books on education webpage). Z-design's projects help reveal play, nature, and education in the landscape. At the same time, the projects are designed to be aesthetically pleasing to the adult client's eye.

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