How to design a project for the homestead.

  • How to design a project for the homestead.

    Posted by mlthompson on October 12, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    1. Sometimes asking the right questions in the beginning is the hardest part. Discuss the project with someone else, they just may ask that “dumb” question and save you time and money. Or they may have a different take on what’s possible.

    2. Get a notebook and start sketching and making notes about what the project is. How much space will it consume. What materials are suitable. How much time and money will it take.

    3. Do you have the tools and skills to do the project? If not you have a great excuse to buy tools, and you’re not going to learn the skill any younger.

    4. YouTube and forums are as much about how to do something as they are how not to do them. just because it works for someone on a video doesn’t mean it will work in your situation.

    Someone else care to add to the list?

    LynnieBee replied 3 months, 2 weeks ago 9 Members · 10 Replies
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  • MartHale7

    Member
    October 12, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Is this project needed? Why am I spending $ on this project, Make a list for and against this project, and are there alternatives?

    Who that I know has done this project before, and can I call and ask them about how they did it, and why they did it the way they did.

    Is it better to buy a ready made solution for this, or is doing yourself better?

    Is someone on craigslist selling this project for a better price than the store?

    Have I completed my other projects?

    Will my spouse kill me and leave me in an unmarked grave?

    • Romans828girl

      Member
      June 8, 2023 at 5:09 pm

      Oh my word, I feel convicted reading your list!

  • JerseyGiantChick

    Member
    October 12, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    The last comment about your spouse makes me laugh, just what I needed thank you.

    2 do list, needed, cost, planning, wishes, just all that comes up, the notes will be sorted and make a final note.

  • Grumpy_G

    Member
    October 12, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    Heh, great stuff. To be honest, though, most of the time it’s “Oh crud, I need to get this done!” ,Then it;s a mad scramble to marry up resources, with skills and time. 🙂

    • JerseyGiantChick

      Member
      October 12, 2022 at 6:58 pm

      Kind the works out that way, theory and practice is such a different thing.

      Just roll with it and get things started and finished in practice, is better than on paper right.

  • BiggKidd

    Member
    October 12, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Many times people do projects at a time of year and don’t look forward to weather changes and how they may affect the project. I’ve also noticed many people don’t take in to account what a building or shed or whatever may affect drainage or cause drainage issues.

  • Darren

    Community Leader
    October 15, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    When I build anything here I go through the whole question process and draw up plans and even fill out a cuts list then get pricing and ask around our community to see if anyone has any of these supplies. The question is never do we need it, because the need is apparent over time. Lists are always the best because it reveals things you might have missed otherwise. Remember to look for the best deals, save a buck when you can.

  • KenJr

    Member
    January 18, 2023 at 2:49 am

    I was sketching out a design for chicken breeder pens. Six separate coops and runs interconnected. Thanks for the tips

    • JerseyGiantChick

      Member
      January 18, 2023 at 7:02 am

      Nice made it with the dog kennels, after trainng and working with 10 police dogs for years.

  • LynnieBee

    Member
    November 20, 2023 at 8:41 pm

    This makes so much sense. I currently live in an apartment with a small gardening space, but will be moving into a house within the next month and a half. I rent. It’s all I can do right now, but want to be able to do some homesteading. It will mostly take place in the garden and the kitchen. I was wondering how to go about doing it. I’m new to it.

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