The Land: The 6.3 acre property features nearly 2 acres of steeply-sloped former almond orchard above the main residence (now devoid of trees), ~2.5 acres of moderately sloped land around the main home, and just over an acre of relatively flat, usable bottom land. The soils are very thin, with a low water holding capacity and low organic matter content. The fill slope below the main residence is steep enough (44% grade) to discourage frequent, easy access. Non-native weeds and annual grasses require significant time and energy to mow each year and cover most of the property.
Work Performed: Standard Level 1 – Site Assessment including a Full Site Workup and evaluations of existing conditions for Water, Access and Structures with high level recommendations for next steps.
Existing Conditions Basemap
Level 2 – Whole Site Design
Project Scope: 7th Generation Design was invited by the Wann family to develop a Level 2 Whole Site Design for their 6.3 acre developing homestead in the hills just outside Paso Robles. The Wann family’s vision for their new home is to create an inviting and beautiful place to live, work and learn for current and future generations. Key aspects of their vision include an accessory dwelling for aging parents and different ambience zones around the living areas that allow for as much outdoor living as possible – including a meditation garden, food forests, home kitchen gardens, small pond with bamboo grove, and an outdoor education and community gathering space.
Additional design imperatives included addressing extreme top degradation by establishing perennial cover, patterning access routes to make steeper parts of the property more accessible, increasing passive water harvesting capacity in the soil profile, and planting diverse, perennial food-producing ecosystems with minimal input costs.