Farm layout - Is this ridiculous? (long!)
I'd like to get some input from those of you who may have learned the hard way how NOT to design a farm :D I've seen the designs of quite a few farms and can pick out what I like and don't like, but who knew it would be so hard to start from scratch!
Ok just for reference purposes (so you'll know what the heck I'm talking about!) here is a map of the area in question.
Some background info:
Planning to build a house on parcel #1. The actual lot is probably 1 acre and the house will be in the upper left hand corner of the lot where the old existing structure is pictured.
Parcel #2: Approx. 3 acres of high flat land. Everything to the left of that is very low - not suitable for building or pastureland.
Parcel #3, 4, and 5: Approx. 2.5, 6, and 7 acres respectively. All well drained, flat land suitable for building or pasture land.
The blue dotted line indicates property lines of tracts of land we control. The road dividing parcels 1&2 from 3&4 is a very narrow, rarely traveled 2 lane road. This area is NOT heavily populated and we're a minimum of 2 miles from any major highway at this point - avoiding traffic (of any sort) on this road is of very little concern.
My question to you: Assuming you'll have 3-4 horses max to deal with, where would you build your barn while maximizing your pasture space and minimizing work load?? :winkgrin: Keep in mind that all of this land is actively farmed and any unused land will still be kept in production (i.e. don't make it a nightmare for those tending the land!)
All suggestions appreciated!!! :yes: