The 6 DESIGN STRATEGIES that will save you time, money & effort
Here’s how to create a future-proof plan for your block that means you do it once and do it right.
I am a planner.
Ask me what my life will be like in 10 years and I will tell you Plan A.
My husband is not a planner. He says plans never work out, so why bother. I say failure to plan is planning to fail. But that doesn’t mean plans are set in stone. They can be added to, altered or discarded. However, if you don’t know where you are going, you won’t get there.
Our property has been planned from the beginning. I asked a lot of people, did a lot of research and received some good (and bad) advice. I spent some time on other, similar lifestyle blocks, looking at how they did their chores and had set things up.
I measured sun, noted wind and scribbled on bits of paper, gradually forming an idea of what would work for me on my block. Trees here, this size. Shrubs and gardens here, this big. Ducks here. Fences there and there, pig house here, barn there, gates here and here, drain through a bird forest down there.
It was all in my head. After 10 years of work a lot of it is still in my head. I am often astounded that other people do not recognise the old boat and firewood stack as the enclosed heated swimming pool and tropical garden it is destined to be.
Over the years Plan A has altered. However, mostly it has come to fruition as I originally envisaged. When we have needed to do the next step, the gate is in the right place, the post is already there, no trees are in the way. Every step is forward, with nothing having to be redone or altered. This is why planning is important.
Failure to plan is planning to fail. But plans aren’t set in stone.