|Winchester, Virginia, United States
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Posted by Stephen Trauger about 11 years ago
The expansion of the project continues. Our focus has shifted lately to the development and integration of the Shed, a 12 ft by 16 ft stick frame building that was built 20 years or so ago by the last owners.
Last year the greenhouse was completed and is permanently attached to the south side of the Shed. The year before that a woodshed was added to the north side of the Shed, requiring less construction material to complete and also ideally placed, being 20 feet from the mainhouse which uses the woodstove.
After the failure of one of the Photo Voltaic panels, which were previously attached to the Farmhouse south side roof, we decided to place the panels on the you guessed it: The Shed south side roof. The PV micro inverter was relocated to inside the shed, making it closer to the panels themselves, adding to overall access and efficiency.
So, the old Shed became incorporated into the greenhouse, the PV system and the woodshed. Now, the greenhouse heats the main 12 x 16 ft room during spring, winter and fall. The wood is stored against the north wall, outside, under the new woodshed roof. The wood provides a windbreak and insulating factor for the north side of the Shed, and the roof protects the space directly around the cabin. This assists with cooling and heating tasks throughout the seasons.
The Shed is located in Zone 1, making it an efficient place to store tools and materials.
We then decided to continue this trend, and add a compost toilet and solar hot water shower system on the west side of the shed. This is being constructed using materials left over from a dismantled deck. Details and pictures will be added as the project progresses
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|Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
|Teacher: April Sampson-Kelly
|Location: Great Cacapon, WV
|Date: Mar 2010
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