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jamsam



Joined: 21 Oct 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 05 2:41 pm    Post subject: can i live in the garden??!!  Reply with quote    

hi, im new to this site, but it looks like the fountain of knowledge ive been looking for...
does any one have experience of living within a garden?
im stuck about 100 miles from the propety ladder and ive got no way of getting on the bottom rung, one option is to live in my parents garden..

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 05 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: can i live in the garden??!! Reply with quote    

jamsam wrote:
one option is to live in my parents garden..


Possible but difficult, you'll need to find out what you're council thinks but they may let you get away with a large mobile home thing.

http://www.downsizer.net/bookmarks/view/Planning_Portal/

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 05 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wont they let you in the house?

jamsam



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 05 2:46 pm    Post subject: not enough room for that... Reply with quote    

i dont think there will be enough space for that, i was thinking more along the lines of ayurt or bender.

jamsam



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 05 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

im already in the house with my two sons, and they are driving me crazy, i wanted to be able to have our own space near by, big enough to spend at least part of the year in, i have heard that you can have something in thegarden aslong as its only for less that 3 nights a week..im not sure though!!

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 05 2:49 pm    Post subject: Re: not enough room for that... Reply with quote    

jamsam wrote:
i dont think there will be enough space for that, i was thinking more along the lines of ayurt or bender.


Again possible as long as the council agree that it's not a permanent structure, the link above takes you to the planning portal, identify your local office an ring them to see what they say, if the response is negative do some digging around on their website to see if there's anything in the town plan that you could exploit.

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 05 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What about water / loos? You might get away with a non-permanent structure like a yurt, but the Council might get a bit uppity if you start digging latrines / earth loos in the garden.
How big is the garden? Do you have nearby neighbours - that could be a big consideration.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 05 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

have a look at Judy of the Woods website (she's a member here)

http://www.judyofthewoods.com/index.html there might be some info on there of help. I notice under buildings it lists drainage, and there's planning info!

Lozzie



Joined: 25 May 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 05 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I know two or three people who have, or who are, living in gardens in caravans. What a very poorly constructed sentence, sorry

Bazil



Joined: 26 Sep 2005
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Location: Near Shrewsbury, Shropshire
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 05 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lozzie wrote:
I know two or three people who have, or who are, living in gardens in caravans. What a very poorly constructed sentence, sorry


Why build a garden inside a caravan?

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 05 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How old are the bairns? Maybe you could construct a den, a sort of day place for you to be, but still 'live' in the house?

How big a garden is it?

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
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Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 05 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There have been several attempts in this area to set up co-operative building projects. If you were interested in this I would suggest you talk to people and ask around. A friend of mine lives in a house - set up as a co-operative (I think) and idea she brought with her from Manchester. The idea was to purchase a variety of properties in the village to give other options for different family groups. Unfortunaltely house prices locally are ridiculously high and this has curtailed this idea. My sons girlfriend built her bedroom/bedsit in the garden of her Mums house - it was going to be of straw bale construction but ended up breeze block - nice though. Why don't you contact the Centre for Alternative Technology - they have a lot of information and are happy to talk to you. Have you got your name down with Housing Associaitons? and the Council - Some of the few remaining Council houses in the villages around here are great with big gardens. You should do it anyway because the points list/waiting list is a long one.

(Sorry about all the typing errors)

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 05 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

well constructed benders are good for all 4 seasons .they are not permanant ,are cheap ,can be any shape or size , coppice is renewable and pallet wood is recycling .use twice as many poles as you think are enough. hazel is best , ash and willow are good ,popplar is good for larger structures ,several smaller ones joined is easier than a huge one.it can be done just by weaving sticks but a roll af bailing twine and learning a few simple lashings/knots saves time and produces a satisfactory frame .canvas skins tend to rot ,plastic tarps wear ,curtain siding off lorries lasts ages .if you dig a shallow trench around the edge about a foot from where the poles meet the floor and run the skin into it and hold it down , the inside should stay dry under the pallet wood floor .

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