Photo: Mereut's design team (L to R: Altangerrel, Janargul, Mereut, Bakhitgul, and Makhabbat)
This design demonstrated a solid understanding and integration of premaculture principles and concepts, with some creative flair thrown in for good measure!
Highlights from the design:
- Vegetable garden beds in shape of Eagle and traditional Kazakh dombrah design, to increase edge & beautify space during winter (when gardenbeds are bare).
- Greenhouse attached to house to create warm airlock to home entry, and utilize household heating system to potentially extend growing season year-round.
- Basic preliminary composting toilet design separating liquids and solids; liquids are diluted and used in drip irrigation system as fertilizer.
- Rainwater catchment tanks from rooftop.
- Clustered animal shelter design to maximize heating efficiency and manure collection, including baffled-wall-and-stove backup heating system.
- Composting area next to animal shelters to provide additional biological heating.
- Manures stored on animal shelter rooftops for easy access & insulation (this is common in Kazakh family compounds).
- Chicken run opens to mini food-forest and mini apple orchard.
- Flowerbeds surrounding shopfront entrance to entice customers and differentiate from competitor's shop across the street.
- Greywater mulch pit system in 'dead space' behind house.
- Super-efficient rootcellar layout and design including portable worm farm which can remain active during winter.
- Summer greenhouse / coldframe attached to summer ger (yurt).
Improvements suggested by Instructors:
- Triple-check with client before deciding that old buildings on-site can be replaced with gardenbeds! (we found out that it was an option he was considering)
- Build Eagle-gardenbed on mound to eliminate parallax error and create additional microclimate for apple orchard.
- Use appropriate design conventions to convey information effectively (3-D view is appropriate for only certain scenarios).
- Umbrella shading wormfarm is cute, however a stronger design is needed to prevent your worms from taking an unplanned Around-the-world-in-80-days type journey with the next gust of wind.
- Improve chicken shelter design with deep mulch self-composting system, and do not place food and water under roost!