Environmental Homestead Design
Design Focus: More Time, Health, Happiness
Less Stuff, Space, Expenses and Energy
Less Building Space = More Garden and Leisure Time, Less Maintenance
Less Stuff = More Happiness,
Less is More
As a graduate of UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design in Architecture, June Louks creates spaces that move beyond sustainability (and growing our own nutritious, vibrant foods!) to that of nurturing the earth, and body/mind/spirit; spaces that attract with beauty, feed the soul, and educate and inspire others to participate in life in a way that contributes to healing our earth.
As a mother of 4, June's practical perspective lends hands on design experience how to live simply, integrate the family flow, and support the overall peace and harmony of the household.
Design elements for the house and homestead:
- Timeless and/or Traditional Design
- Capturing Solar, Thermal Mass, and Wind for "Off The Grid"
- Greywater and Rainwater Collection to Cistern Systems
- Solar Access for Additional Heat and Light Sources
- Eliminating/Minimizing VOC Finishes
- Minimizing Waste
- Reclaimed/Reused Materials, Design Elements, and Furnishings
- Materials: Natural, Sustainable, and Enduring
- Radiant Floor Heating from Solar Water Heat Transfer
Design elements for the garden:
- Food Forests * Outdoor Garden Rooms * Edible and Drought
- Tolerant Plants, esp. Natives
- Berry and Grape Vines
- Fruit and Avocado Trees
- Drought Tolerant/ Tropical Fruit Trees
- Compost Systems
- Herb Garden mixed with Vegetables
- Bee Hives, Insectaries, Bat Houses (and other elements that nurture our ecosystem)
- Landscaping with Living Arches
- Living Fences (oaks, birches, cedars...protect from weed seeds, wind, and neighboring pesticides and hedges that nurture our soil)
- Water Sources: Ponds and Catch Basins/Ditches, Flow Forms and Fountains
- Animal Sources: For self contained "source control" for the homestead; rich, composted manure eliminates the need for "organic" pesticides by creating the best available methods for nurturing the soil.
Go to http://greenbusinesslosangeles.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=77&Itemid=81 for a spotlight on her own home.