House of the Golden Light
- Commenced: 01/10/2012
- Submitted: 13/09/2012
- Last updated: 04/11/2012
- Location: 3204 Breeze Terrace, Austin, Texas, United States
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House of the Golden Light
Project TypeUrban, Residential, Commercial, Demonstration, Educational, Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz, Financial Economic
The House of Golden Light is a deforested site in an forest with an average tree age of 80 years. The primary goal of the project is to speed up the reforestation process while providing habitat for wildlife and food for the (wild) humans.
The initial phase of the design was installed via an educational workshop/permablitz. Friends came and repaid the work that was put into their sites and new friends came and paid money to learn from local landscapers and permaculture instructors - who were paid for their time instructing.
Activation phase (October 2012):
4" by 20" Hugel mound veggie garden
two swales: one high on the landscape, wide and shallow; one low on the landscape deep and narrow
french drain: to prevent water runoff towards the house
drainage pond: to allow drainage for water from the french drain
impereable pathway => permeable pathway: for aesthetic conformity with neighborhood & water catchement
wicking seed starting system: they gotta start somewhere!
three bin compost system using EM.
wicking bed: to get people talking.
"wagon wheel" mandala bed
sheet mulching underneath trees
some removal of invasive species
tree planting: two cedar elms (dominant in this forest), a texas oak, two mexican plums and a mexican buckeye
bokashi bin use begins in the kitchen
gutter and rainwater collection system installed