Phase 1: Renovate buildings, refurbish dependance, create garden, transform barn into carpentry work place, founding non-profit association.
During the first phase, when the purchase is completed, mainly we'll be renovating the existing buildings.
The first residents will be able to choose, in mutual agreement, who wants to live where.
You will handle the renovation of your living unit for the biggest part yourself.
By buying materials in unison or having certain constructions done at the same time,
we hope to cut costs but renovating ecological and durable is paramount!
Ofcourse we will also help eachother, it will be question of finding a collective pace.
There will be a carpentry work place and there will be the possibility of using local materials
if this turns out to be profitable, for example wood for flooring, finishing, furniture,...
So we are looking for people with some knowledge, experience or practical skills.
In the Morvan it is expected to remodel and renovate within the authentic style,
which is gorgeous and very much adapted to the climate (breathing walls, heat from a fire).
In the Maison du Parc at Saint Brisson a lot of information can be found
and there are even architects who stand at the ready to give advice.
So it is mainly a matter of just DOing it :)
The dependance will be refurbished:
* downstairs there will be a living-kitchen with eating/meetingspace, a sanitary block and also a place for washing
* an office and reception area will be installed on the first floor there will be an open hall (for activities)
and there a four rooms with ensuite: a stay for helping hands (work-awayers)
One barn will be transformed into a carpentry work place, the garden(s) will be rebuild
and the service pipe coming from the source will be inspected.
To purify our waste water, a plant filter will be installed and the whole terrain will be 'cleaned': pruning, shearing, removing old waste,...
There will be a mobile chickencoop, a henhouse and beehives. Possibly an enclosure for goats, alpaca's,...
We'll also try to limit further damage to the buildings that will not be renovated in this phase.
A non-profit association will be founded to renovate and exploite the castle, that will harbour different functions beneath it's roof.
In phase 1 there will be room for 4-5 couples and 2-3 singles, during the time of renovation you will have a caravan or garden house to stay in, the sanitary is communal at that time and you can always make use of the living-kitchen and washing place.
The core group will gather on a regular basis and together decide about all sorts of things: handling of the renovations, communal activities, management of the group processes, avoiding conflicts, caring for the garden and animals,...and how we can help eachother when needed.
Our goal is to grow as a group, organically, into a structure that provides a place for everyone in which they feel comfortable, where you can use your talents for the good of the whole and where you can be yourself.
Everyone decides for him/herself the level of commitment but a certain amount of effort will be expected of all.