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House of the Golden Light
House of the Golden Light
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3204 Breeze Terrace, Austin, Texas, US
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Aaron Brinks Dana Crawford Theron Beaudreau
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House of the Golden Light

Project Type

Urban, Residential, Commercial, Demonstration, Educational, Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz, Financial Economic

Project Summary

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.

Project Description

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



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