Infrastructure & Village Design
The village at Polcum Springs is continuously evolving. Built by community members and friends, the common house is built with reclaimed and green building materials. Local Ponderosa Pine ceilings, Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors and large picture windows create a comfortable place to enjoy the rustic, serene setting and dramatic views.
Our permaculture- and pattern language-inspired site plan, developed during a design workshop in July 2005 with Bob Theis (www.bobtheis.net), consists of a compact village center including the common house, a central kitchen and bathhouse, gardens, rainwater storage, pole barn, and dining terrace. Cabin sites are clustered in small groups – some near the village center, and some nestled deeper in the wild. The large meadow above the village center is fed by two year-round springs, has a spring-fed pond and is ideally suited for an orchard, staple food crops, and animal husbandry.Before any community or personal project is started on the property, a written proposal is submitted to the Membership for approval. As we undertake to implement our site plan, engineer systems, and design and build structures, we desire to leave the vast majority of the land in its wild and natural state. In addition, our intentions are to:
- Allow the carrying capacity of the land to dictate the extent and nature of its use;
- Blend and harmonize with our surroundings;
- Focus on minimizing construction and maintenance of our infrastructure;
- Choose designs, building techniques and materials that promise longevity and sustainability;
- Minimize roadways and disturbance of the land;
- Promote pedestrian-scale design and minimize the visual impact of vehicles; and
- Focus on clustered development at the Village Center in order to minimize our impact on the land and to efficiently utilize infrastructure and resources.