Friday, January 9, 2009

A midwestern connected farmhouse?

With the terrible winter weather we have in Illinois, I keep wondering why the connected farmhouse was a New England phenomenon. I've been talking to Mike about how we can create a connected farm, so that when the kids are gone and we're old, we will still be able to take care of the animals and do chores in the winter. Here is one example of a connected farm, and here is another.

There is a big open area between our house and the barns, and we still need a garage, which we can build there. Mike mentioned adding a woodshed between the garage and the barn. This is definitely one of those dreams that is part of the five-year or ten-year plan, but we were talking about our place in the country for nine years before we finally found it and moved out here. I've heard people say that they don't like to make long-term plans because they might be disappointed down the line when they can't accomplish those goals. But is the flip side better? Make no plans, have no goals, and succeed at doing nothing? I'll keep dreaming, and right now, I'm dreaming of a connected farm someday.


Kara said...

Those plans are really neat. The advantages of building, verses buying an existing plan, you can create your own vision.

MaskedMan said...

It may be that a lack of locally suitable timber limited the early creation of connected farmhouses, and so the style just never took off? Just a thought - Probably wrong, though.


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