Sunday, March 24, 2019

Act 250 and Five Year Plan

This is a version of a presentation given at the More Than Annual Meeting in December 2018. It reviews a history of the development of the Destiny property and some beginning plans for the Act 250 Phase 2 Full-time Residency proposal.

This map shows proposed building locations. The cabins along the septic road face south to enhance solar gain.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Workshop Drawings: Shell, Shelf, Stove and Stair Placement

These drawings are the current working designs for the workshop. Ariel sketched the timber skeleton and Matt, Feel Free and Daisy sketched the shell and interiors. The windows, doors, stair, and railings are mere representations as plans would include factory seconds, recycled materials, and odds-and-ends pieces.

The building is 20' x 30' feet. The lower level ceiling will be 9-10 feet high to facilitate flipping beams within the interior. 

Stair placement is a little difficult so as to keep the work area open and navigate the upstairs beams. 

The upstairs will be for storage. Faeries can capitalize on shelving above the beams and off to the sides. The beam near the stair is a little awkward but since this will be a storage space it isn't especially concerning. 

The south-facing wall will have a 3 foot deep running counter under which there can be storage. In this photo they are represented solid but the notion is to have some open shelves and some lockable cabinet doors. 

 The workshop will be insulated and winter-hardy to facilitate working in the cold. It will provide all kinds of naturally-lit work areas since it is south-facing. The end door will be a 6 foot wide double door to facilitate moving timbers in and out. 

The shell will be structurally insulated panels (SIPS) which are two sheets of plywood with foam insulation binding them together. The hope is to mill some of the trees from the building site into rough-cut, natural siding. The SIPS allow for easy addition of siding, or pegboard, and shelving. Straw bale walls aren't practical for this space since it is a workshop and the walls can get banged and chipped. 

 This is a view of the south face. On the west face there will be a deck from the second floor making a roof outside the lower level exit. The railing would likely be decorative and artful. 

At the Interdependence Gathering, the Circle consented to these designs this far. Over the next few weeks, Daisy will attempt to schedule the excavator to get bids for a bit of fill dirt needed for the concrete slab on which the building will sit. 

The over-arching goal is to get the pad poured and most of the beams cut by the end of the season. Depending on the speed with which we work, we hope to get the frame and roof up by fall. 

Stay tuned to this blog, the Destiny Faeries page on Facebook,, and SisterWife Chat to hear more details. 

Destiny faeries will invite the fae to come and learn how to timber frame while enjoying the beautiful mountainside sanctuary.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017


"Hey Daisy,

SIP's for Vertical wall panels (non-structural) totals out to about 1250 square feet.

SIP's for Roof panels (can be either structural or we can put down roof decking to support non-structural ones...if you get a quote for the structural ones, can you also find out their span capacity?) is about 900 additional square feet."
Sent a bid request to the company below. Bucy worked with them on the kitchen roof construction. The panels are "structurally insulated panels" which are two plywood panels with foam insulation between them.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Red Book/Green Book #1 Consent for the Workshop

Friday, March 31, 2017

First Drafts of Workshop

This is the beginning of the Design Comet's workshop proposal to bring to the community. The Comet encourages faeries to watch the design process through this blog. As designs designs come forward, the Comet will seek feedback in face-to-face meetings, conference calls, and web events. The goal is to complete this structure as soon as possible, perhaps by Lammas. Timber framing workshops will be offered for faeries to learn and improve their skills to further prepare to build the dining hall. 

The workshop is a 20x30 foot space that will sit on the corner by the propane tank. This space is designed for tool and machinery storage (like in the Shit Shed and black tool box) and for 2-4 faeries to be able to timber frame indoors. There would be large garage-type doors on the gable end facing the road to facilitate loading timbers in and out. The interior will mostly be an open design with running counters and shelving throughout.

The timber frame shell will have 8-10 foot upright posts on the first floor. The height at the peak is 20 feet. The upper level would be for storage and include a "down-low" bedroom (to avoid permitting the building for residence). The building will be on a concrete slab with consideration for possible radiant heat in the floor or at minimum a wood-burning stove. A tiny deck could face Noisy Bottoms on the upper level.

The workshop will be winter-hardy with the working plan to use structurally insulated plywood (SIP) panels for the sheathing.  Since it is on a concrete slab, strawbale walls could be used for high insulation. But the inner walls would require sheathing in order to build shelving onto them. Hence, the decision is to go with SIP. 

Portions of the roof could utilize clear or opaque panels to increase light into the space. The long side of the building will face south in solar panels were to be installed on the roof. 

This is the rough layout currently being considered.
Step on to the Design Comet will close on April 15th during the Annual Meeting. Currently the Workshop portion of the Comet is Doxie, Ariel, Matt, Feel Free, Scobes, and Daisy. The Comet will be closed after step-on and decisions regarding the Workshop will stay centered with the Comet. If you want to join the Comet e-mail 

Please add feedback and ask questions here or through the Design Comet e-mail above. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Call to Board the Design Comet: Workshop Edition

Schematic of Workshop location

The Design Comet met in phone conference last week to discuss the Workshop plans. This blog will report back those plans. Feedback is encouraged. The Comet will come up with design proposals for the Workshop and present these back to the larger circle for feedback in meetings, gatherings, social meeting, and phone conference. The timeline of the project will soon be articulated. The Comet hopes to develop designs and implement a plan as soon as possible.

Summary: A 20x30 foot timber frame workshop with structural insulated panel shell and skylights is proposed. It would sit adjacent to the propane tank facing south on the corner at the top of the Septic Drive in Noisy Bottoms.  It would provide tool and machinery storage, work space for 2-3 faeries to timber frame,  with wall storage, shelves, perimeter counter space. Electric?

Join Doxie, Scobes, Feel Free, Matt Bucy, Ariel and Daisy

The  step-on to work exclusively on the Workshop Comet closes at the Annual Meeting April 14th. Please e-mail to board. Currently, Doxie, Scobes, Feel Free, Matt, Ariel, and Daisy are committing to work on the Comet until the Workshop is opened, hopefully by early to mid-summer. Conference calls typically happen every two weeks. All skills level welcome. 

SharkBait and Michelle working on the woodshed June 2016.  By Daisy Shaver

The Comet endeavors to work quickly and efficiently at organizing for this very utilitarian structure. The funding is in-hand through a generous Destiny faerie. The Comet recommends the previous model of organizing around design and building. The Comet will have a limited lifespan, limited work focus, and short timeline. If you have interest in the process, the design, the facilitation, please become involved with the Comet. There will be a community feedback period with a viewing and editing process built in. Once the design decisions are made and agreed upon, the Comet will “Top” the project and facilitate it to completion. As such, the design and feedback time will be discrete and clear. The actual building process will be facilitated by the Comet with built-in workshops for skills-building in timber frame technique. 

Step on ends April 14th.  E-mail

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Act 250 Map

 This is a map submitted to Act 250 Board in 2004. This was prior to clearing Noisy Bottoms which organically changed where cabins would sit for better light.  

Placement of buildings at Destiny has become more apparent as faeries occupy the space more. One clear notion is that all future building should be focused directly on the driveway for winter ease and every building should be winterized.  

As the Design Comet starts to plan for the Workshop, for which we have funding, this map will need to be updated with the Act 250 Board prior to beginning.  

 This is a schemata that Sammy drew in 2014 which located the Workshop differently to provide better access off the main driveway.

The Act 250 Board is a collaborative environmental oversight board over corporate development in Vermont. Since Destiny is registered as a corporation with a "3-season campground," we must follow the same permitting process as other businesses.

This is the draft map the Design Comet will work from to submit to Act 250 prior to initiating the Workshop building this summer.

As the Design Comet and Land Use continue to plan for year-round residency, this map will be considered and locations firmed up to present to Act 250 over the next few months. Conversations to be initiated will include 1) necessary Phase 2 processes of development for full-time residency, 2) what easements of the property would be necessary for deer yard protection once we start plowing the current road of snow, and 3) how many people could gather on the property during the winter months without changing any of the currently planned infrastructure?

Phase 1 of our development is related to the Campground. All the buildings on the Phase 1 plan would remain on the plan, they are just moved to be more efficient wintertime locations, and part of Phase 2 Residence development. No additional buildings would be necessary for wintertime residence at this time that haven't previously been considered by the board. These remaining cabins would need to be built to meet winter resident coding requirements.