Family homestead settlement
A project inspired by Anastasia - Ringing cedars book series
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Family homestead settlement
A dream come true…
How everything get started…
I was born in a beautiful area, with hills, where you could see and admire the beauty of the nature at
I spent all my childhood there enjoying each and every day . I can say it was the gorgeous period of
my life. After I grown up, as an adult , I moved to the capital of Romania, Bucharest, because of the
university and “mirage of living in a big city “.
The years passed, I got married, and my wife got pregnant. That was the moment I understood it is my
responsibility to do a better world for my daughter and for other people. Living both in a village and also
in a very big city, I realized there must be a way to take what is good from both and combine for a better
The inspiration of a book encouraged me to formulate the idea of a new way of living together , an
idea which had already been ever present within us : we must find a balance and to bring together the
facilities provided by technology and modern life, but also live in harmony with nature, with all peoples
and living creatures.
A responsible handling of nature without abstaining from comfort is possible!
For this to happen, responsibility and tolerance is necessary. Through the change of few “habits”,
everyone can return more to Mother Earth than they take.
I invite you to take in and contemplate the following pages. Maybe you want to meet me and my
friends personally, to help us or even wish to become a neighbor in a multi-generational settlement.
= The initiator for this project =
An estate you cannot find anywhere in the whole world
A place where you can breathe clean air,
Eat organic food,
Have fresh fruits all the year grown with love by families living
Regain your healthy,
Enjoy an unique 1 hectare garden next to your family and
Being like a large family together with your neighbors
An estate which will be inheritance by your children
A property becoming more and more beautiful day by day
A place where you and your family can enjoy during the whole
Read further pages to understand more of all this…
Each family will own there a property of 1 hectare of
land. These garden estates, with a self-sufficient character,
form the basis of the settlement and provide a private
There will be a part of land used for organic farming
and agricultural activities, in order to provide the settlement
with crops, cereals, milk, cheese and other.
Another part of the land will house a settlement
center and a commercial one ( eco ), as well as
infrastructure of streets and paths, which will be
implementing an unobtrusive and landscape conserving
In the center of the settlement we can find a private
school, kindergarten, gym, meeting place, seminar hall,
community centre, market hall, recreational centre, catering
& restaurant, art studio and cultural areas, as well as guest
service for visitors and trial residence.
There will be also places were innovative technology
and traditional handy-crafts will provide work places for
We will invite the inhabitants of the surrounding area
to work with and next to us, to visit our weekly market, to
sell self-produced goods, to benefit from our wide range of
services for people off all ages and nationalities, or to enjoy
art and culture with us…
The settlement will be carbon neutral. This will be
achieved through an intelligent energy management, as well
as utilization of all existing and feasible regenerative
The houses build here will be passive ones. Why this?
Because a passive house consumes 90% less energy than a
habitual house and even a 75% less than a new house (
built to the European standards ). The energy consumption
of a passive house corresponds to 1.5 l/sq m/year of
petroleum equivalent and it is more reduced than the
consumption of an energetic efficient house.
The comfort of the house is however the highest one.
The passive house take maximum advantage of all the
available heat resources, like the body or the sun heat
which reduces the need of essential energy for heating.
Particularly, the windows an the casing ( that are the
components of an extremely efficient insulation of the
external walls, roof and ground ) make possible the
internal warm keeping. The fresh air, without streams, it is
provided by a controlled mechanical ventilation system
that recovers the heat of the evacuated air and returns it
inside the house.
There are vital advantages for health and comfort of the
inhabitants, such as:
o Substantial diminishing of the carbon emissions
o The use of ecological raw materials
o The outstanding comfort provided by the fresh air in the house
o The absence of cold surfaces in wintertime and excessive heat in
o The absence of the allergenic dust
o The maximal daylight lighting
o The lack of stress induced by the excellent integration into the
The quality of the raw materials, he absence of the craft flaws,
the lack of excessive humidity are factors that helps extending the
lifespan of the construction compared to the classic homes.
It is difficult to compute all this factors together, but it is
obvious that they have a major impact on the lives of those who
choose to live in a passive home.
Let’s have a closer look at a garden estate
As you could see earlier, each property has 1
hectare. It will be divided into three sections. A
third of each estate will be planted with forest, the
second third will be used for garden and the final
third will provide buildings plots for the erection
of permanent buildings built along ecological
Each building will have access to energy,
water and communication facilities.
The properties will be surrounded by a living
fence which will provide essential habitats for
wildlife, privacy and protect inside for strong
winds or to much sun. Also it will be a “living
painting” changing it’s colors and view each
season. Not forget it will feeds us with it’s fresh
Estates will not touch one to another,
between each one will be a small road, in this way
the owners are having more privacy.
Within each estate, the residents can cultivate
vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as plant a meadow
with fruit trees, carry out small animal husbandry, keep
bees hives, horses for riding or other suitable interests.
A small lake will also be part of the estate, the width
and it’s shape being each owner choice. This will be very
important to exist, not just because it look very nice, but
also to ensure the equilibrium for the environment we
The garden land will provide us with fruits and
vegetables. A flower garden offers opportunities of retreat,
recreation and regeneration. The cultivation of the estate
will follow the guidelines of organic farming.
The living fence will provide us with berries and fruits
and also help us to obtain an ecological balance on the
estate in the shortest time. Bee keeping is desired and from
ecological standpoints manageable.
From forest, a various meadows with fruit trees, as
well as vegetables, herb and fruit gardens, oases are
formed, in which inhabitants can find peace and
A state-approved private school ( comprehensive
school, classes 1 to 12, named - The School of the Future
) will use the latest reforms and concepts in the
The school aims are the encouragement of learning
and maintaining the child’s curiosity, forming the basis
for long-life learning and knowledge exchange.
When we take a seed or a chestnut for example –
when the condition and the environment are favorable –
from that seed a mighty tree will grow. Everything that is
required for this to happen , is provided at birth. This
chestnut or seed does not go to school, but still
remember everything is necessary to become a
magnificent and strong tree. And in this way it fulfills its
Apart from this assumption, humans are the living
beings with the greatest potential for consciousness, it
will be more than logical to assume that infants bring the
inborn knowledge into this world, to turn themselves
into magnificent and strong adults.
And exactly this is the aim of our School of the
Future, children to grow as a human being, not like
robots or slaves.
In this small village the life of the individual is closely connected to
that of the whole community. In order to allow for real connection
among the inhabitants, they will have to practice a constant and lively
information exchange between one to another ( language, habits,
cultural, beliefs, news and much more others ).
For this reason holidays and celebrations used to be very
important part of village life. Here conflicts and dissensions could be
directly addressed and solved. For this we are creating a “living
settlement centre”, where amongst other things, the fundamental
concept of a harmonic co-existence can be realized in a functional and
The centre will offer the following basic services:
• Settlement council
• Health centre
• Guest house
• Space for group activities
• Park with pond
• Equitation center
• Green weekly market
• Club activities
The use and aim of this is to carry out administrative matters in
a transparent way. Minimalism in this area is our goal.
Taking into consideration all prioritized interest areas of the
settlement, the council solves acute problems by means of a
Our health centre offers qualified services for:
• psychological counseling,
• acupuncture and massage techniques
• regain the health through traditional medicine : herbal
detoxification, diet with fresh juices and organic herbs, and so
A mix of all this therapies during 21 days, will heal even the
most serious diseases, also those regarded as incurable today.
The guest house will offer both holiday or single night retreats.
It will have a motel character and will also provide the
opportunity to get acquainted with the estate or even test-
inhabit a family home estate.
The motto of this offer will be: “Your food is what you are!”.
People can find here rich seasonal and regional menu made
only from fresh and organic food.
Space for group activities:
Whether audio or visual activities, whether holidays or
traditional celebrations… here people meet in a great
Also you can enjoy here the follow: archery, paintball, hiking,
flying fox, badminton, table tennis, billiards, golf, snow tubing,
social games (cards, backgammon, rummy, chess, monopoly).
Park with pond:
Within this park a themed creative garden will be created. It
will aim to be an inspiration for our many visitors, as well as a
place of creativity.
Here people will have the chance to learn how to ride.
Also we will organize rids in nature, for couple hours, or
expeditions to the surrounding mountains for 1, 2 or couple
days, depending on experience each one has and the courage.
We will camp in the forest, eat there, everything like hundred
of years in the past.
Green weekly market:
Here products are offered, which were cultivated in the
settlement or produced by hand. Vendors from nearby will
supplement the range of offers.
Voluntary fire brigade, music association and sports club are
offered in our settlement, as well as new forms of club
Our energy provision will be based on an
optimum utilization of all regenerative energy
sources known today, as well as their conversion,
cascading and storing – this way each estate and
public assets will have access to energy 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year.
A complete project coordination team will
realize the total energy concept of the settlement.
The team will observe technical innovations and
developments in this field and will include them with
detectable functionality into the energy concept of
the settlement. Energy production is optimized for
minimal use of space and resources by using existing
The following energy mix could be offered:
Solar energy: Solar cells create electricity and
solar collectors / solar thermal power plants warm
Wind energy: Wind mills generate electricity; here
the wind drives a rotor, which transmits its energy to
a generator for electricity production.
Biogenic energy sources: These are in manifold forms
classified as residual materials ( in forestry and
agriculture as organic waste fractions, sludge, and
landfill gases ) and are produced through cultivation of
energy crops respectively. Opportunities for use occur
in: simple fireplaces, in soapstone ovens, single ovens,
smaller boilers for heat production using wood pellets
or wood chips, combined heat and power units, as well
as biogas plants.
Geothermal and environmental heat: The thermal
energy in air, earth, river, and ground water can
contribute to heating houses as well as water using heat
Every estate in the residential development is
obliged to provide an area or space for collective energy
generation. The buildings on each estate will be
provided with electricity, heating and communication (
Everyday the sun provide more energy than the
human race is able to consume!
The sources of regenerative energy are