so just today i was informed of a really incredible project underway in wisconsin, including the construction of a beautiful timber tree frame house!
This blog is anchored in the 44 acres of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area that my husband and I fell in love with seven years ago.
We have been catapulted into a crash course on identifying and protecting its complex ecosystems, figuring out how to fit ourselves in with the smallest possible footprint while exploring how to turn some of the acres to sustainable farming and contribute to the local food supply.
This blog unearths our research, hands-on experience and musings including:
- Prairie restoration
- Green architecture
- Small scale sustainable farming
- Vegetarian and locavore lifestyle
- Understanding and responding to climate change
We have built a little timber frame barn from which we stage our projects:
Our most exhilarating project at present is planning and building a sustainable dwelling on the land with Della Hansmann, our daughter, an architect with Whole Trees – Architecture and Construction, you may have seen written up in the New York Times last year.
The house will incorporate
- unmilled, whole tree timber frame
- straw bale and living roof
- passive solar design
- cutting edge solar hot water infloor heat
- slipform stone walls using rock from a local quarry
WE BROKE GROUND IN MARCH AND THE JOURNEY IS UNDERWAY!
i strongly suggest taking a good look at everything going on over at digging in the driftless, some pretty dreamy and inspiring things are happening ❁