Great news! we have the key to the new house ‘Bacchus’! So our little adventure in self sufficiency can soon begin.
After a few rough measurements and a little flexing of my artistic talent, I have made a little info graphic for you.
The plan of our new home 'Bacchus'
The house is a bungalow built in the 70s, we suspect it has very good insulation as every time we have been there the house has been quite warm, even after standing with no heating on overnight. We will monitor how well it retains its heat over the winter and make any changes should we need to.
We are looking to install a PV system on the roof which has a large south facing pitch, hopefully shade and space willing it should be a 4 KW system. This will have to be a contractor installed system as any home built solar panels, especially mine, probably wouldn’t pass the tests required to qualify for the feed-in tariff.
The first job for us will be to remove the largest tree in the centre of the garden, which is taking up far too much room, and one tree on the far left of the trees lining the road. This is all depending on the council of course.
The patio will also be one of our first primary targets. It’s very large and for us it would function a lot better as a vegetable plot. In fact the whole side of this part of the land will be dedicated to growing food, With the rest being utilized for chickens, apple, plum and pear trees and various other projects.
We will also be giving the chickens upgrades. The coop that has served us so well will be replaced with a larger Omlet Cube and obviously we shall be adding new chickens. All a quick win as far as self sufficiency is concerned.
Note : We have always used Omlet Coops because of the fox proofing they offer, our girl’s safety is top of the list!
Our new chicken coop
Hopefully we will be able to get the land levelled, as it’s quite undulating, and the overgrown sections cleared before the weather turns too cold. Time to sharpen my tools!
Stay tuned to see how we get on.
Jason and Elly + Bump