Salvage and re-use

Last weekend, while it was perishingly cold and I elected to stay at home cocooning in the sofa with my kids, Ria and Chrisje got creative and started to transform salvaged elements of the previous landscape into something that will contribute to the new life: a chicken tractor!

Chicken tractor in the becoming...

We found the metal hoops in the garden when we were clearing the land, the wood came from the workshop, and the mesh came from the front of the aviary. It will house two happy chickens – we figure we can’t eat more eggs than that…

Yesterday we went to visit Ecobouw in Aarschot, and discovered that it would be both financially and technically feasible to transform the house into a passive house. The folks at Ecobouw have spent years refining the system they offer so that it is affordable, simple and performing. I was astonished, realising that if we chose this option we could do away with all our questions about how to heat the house (we’ve been thinking of a ceramic stove, something Ria has always dreamed of), including the bits that we wouldn’t be able to reach with a stove system. What is more, it looks like we really could do most of the work ourselves, with a little help from some of our friends in the small-scale building business. And the spectre of massive coppicing exercises and chopping wood into our old age vanishes, together with much of our carbon footprint and fuel bills…

Next job, to reconnect with the architect and some other friends to hear their ideas about this new discovery.


About iyeshe

Woman returning to the wild. Cunning linguist, mother of twins, witch, host, harvester, spaceholder for the dawning Aquarian age, evolutionary wooden-spoon wielder, self-mitigating carbon footprint, wannabe holon in the forthcoming collective buddha...
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One Response to Salvage and re-use

  1. Wiebke says:

    Yay for passive houses!

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