Case Study: Co-Housing Permaculture Design

I’ve had a very busy few weeks, but wanted to update you on another case study showing a design I completed some time ago. I have been rather slow to update of late so I have several recent designs to share, and I will be sure to do so over the next week or two. I’ll also try to update on our barn renovation project within the next week or so.

This design is for an extended family who have bought two adjacent lots in Washington state, and who plan to live in a semi-communal but semi-independent way. The family consists of an older couple, their grown up daughter and her three young children.

The idea is that the couple will live in one home, while the daughter and her children live in the other. But they plan on sharing things like laundry facilities, eating together regularly, and knocking down an existing fence to turn the gardens into one larger space to meet all of their needs.

They plan to build a link between the two homes, turning the garage of the parent’s home into a large preserving kitchen, utility and pantry space that will be a semi-communal area.

My design focusses on food production, as this is one of the family’s top priorities, but also considers fun and recreation, visual appeal, wildlife, and practical use. It allows for some space for more private times for different family members, as well as providing many opportunities for the family to come together.

I am inspired by this family who have recognised the benefits of multi-generational co-housing and seek to set up their new lives in as sustainable a way as possible.

If you would like your own design to meet the needs of multiple generations living as neighbours on the land, or under one roof, please do get in touch to discuss a design or consultancy to get your own project off the ground. I hope to hear from you soon to learn precisely how I can help.

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