Ideas for small-ish New England farmhouse/homestead design?
We're starting to plan for the next life phase, which hopefully includes building a small-ish (~1800 sf) new house with facilities for small livestock (chickens, goats, poss turkeys). I'm wondering if people have found any online resources for inspiration for this type of design that they can share.
This home will be in Maine, passive solar, and possibly heated mostly with wood, so the design needs to reflect that (i.e. not a sprawling one-story western-style farmhouse.) Will have solar panels for hot water and poss electric for well, etc.
And, of course, it's on a budget ;) So I'd love to hear cost-cutting tips when designing. For instance, maybe we want to combine a garage with animal housing and garden supply storage, rather than build two separate structures? What are other good cost-saving ideas to consider when designing?