The specific design of the yard has not yet been determined. What is certain is there will be raised beds for both vegetables and flowers, including an asparagus patch. Further there will be a large number of fruit trees and berry plants. A number of these trees (apple, pomegranate, fig, Asian pear and persimmon) are currently growing in half wine barrels at our current home awaiting February/ March 2011 planting. Flagstones will be cut from the prior driveway as will the new driveway.
Once settled in we plan on having egg-laying hens and also an apiary (bees) for honey. Genevieve and Sophia want goats and sheep but we keep telling them the yard is too small. Mypetchicken.com and beesource.com
A 1920s, 2-bedroom, 1-bath house on the lot was deconstructed in late 2009 and the building materials were donated to a charity. Older homes are more commonly demolished, and the co-mingled waste is sent to a landfill. The new home will comfortably accommodate an extended family and will age better than the previous house.