First off, my home. I want to build an Earthship. For those that aren't familiar, an Earthship is a passive solar house made primarily of recycled materials. They are semi-underground so the north side of the house is insulated against heat in the summer and the cold in the winter to keep it a moderate temperature year round. The south side of the house is windows at such an angle to let the sunlight come fully in during the winter and not as much in the summer. They use rainwater for the water system, utilizes the graywater for toilet use and to irrigate the indoor greenhouse. They are typically powered with solar or wind power so are usually entirely off the grid. The outside might look something like this:
The inside would look something like this:
|The site that this picture is from has lots more info about the "how tos" of building an Earthship as well.
Heading out of my imaginary house and into my "yard", which is actually my homestead, I plan on putting together something like this:
|From the book The Backyard Homestead, one of the most inspirational books I've ever had the privilege to see.
In addition not needing the entire footprint of my house dedicated solely to living space, by utilizing the land on top of it, I have a few other space saving ideas that could further improve the efficiency of my land use:
|like a chicken coop like this, maybe right outside the goat enclosure, so the chickens can be let go out into the goat pen when I don't want them getting into my garden.
|Maximizing vertical growing space would also be key.