Wild Sitecrafting

To reveal a forest world ergonomically enhanced through Wild Sitecrafting is our prime mandate. Our ability to translate force into design and appropriate site configuration allows owners to actuate their visions; a Forest Family Farm will catapult dwellers into a special medley of social and economic engagements.

When the initial sitework to accommodate the structure is planned, we carefully evaluate the configuration, slope, convolutions, undulations and elevation profiles to impeccably embed our Forest Family Farm into the Salish Sea matrix.

We are strong advocates and performers of Low Impact Development. With high respect for this system we have gone through it and added a few events of our own. LID methods, suggestions and examples allow us to be very effective in our mission to initiate biological, ecological and ergonomic imperatives.

The relationship between the existing woodland biosphere and the built environment must be balanced and in favor of the non-built environment.

In the standard CSI format Sitework and Landscaping have been replaced by us with a new paradigm for uncloaking a forbidding woodland; we call it Wild Sitecrafting.

Our sites are mostly hand done, and a small backhoe when needed. Dozer use is minimal, and nothing is removed from the site. We do bring in gravel but our carbon footprint is lower by far; we have no concrete or blacktop except for the slabs.

This is a rare occasion; to combine low carbon methods, a Habitat Conservation Plan and force applications in a conifer forest that creates an unusual and personal relationship between dwellers and the biosphere that supports them. This reality has boundless continuance with water, food and energy always available.

A forest is an immense ground cover that is self-generating and indefinitely sustainable using our techniques. Wild Sitecrafting connects human beings to their woodland; we are inspired by native growth and conformation. It defines and contributes to the ambience, grace and general harmony of a site.

There are gaps in the perimeter treeline that allow views of neighborhood structures. We are planning a series of events that will create a complete biological shield so light pollution will be eradicated; it can ruin night vision for people who enjoy seeing the interior of the forest and Deep Sky Nights for astronomical insights.

There are breath-taking typical Northwest scenarios on acreage with topographical characteristics that we call the genii locorum (pervading spirits of a place). Wild Sitecrafting is an exercise in keeping an area fit for all seasons. We are interpreting our site so nothing is lost translating the language of the land.

We do not want to remove anything from our site. We will move a considerable amount of excavation material for the slabs, driving surfaces and SWRPys  - we will use it on site by forming a range of mounds called a hillox. These will be used for plantings, water features and trails. There is an existing small, wooded ridge that we will tie into, making a smooth connection.

Further along that ridge will be the footprint for the wine cellar (a simple, hobbity affair) made with rough lumber from our forest.

There will be other forms of material not as simple to deal with. We will have a great amount of biological material to use. Tree trunks we know what to do with, but thick and grassy sod will be something else. So we have a good plan to keep it on site and hire it to work for us.

Permaculture is alive with ideas that help people with just those types of issues. For us, we will create growing swales in areas that will thrive.

The forms taken will be mounds for special foods we can grow in our forest. Those types of shapes will be good for mushroom nurseries as well and will alter the topography, giving us a land surface filled with latent energy.

The non-built environment will always dominate the built environment with all our projects.