Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Milkhouse Design Competition

If you can actually see it, please look closely at the photo at left. This is an artist's rendering of the milkhouse remodel to the barn. We are remodeling our barn to put the milkhouse in our shed wing. As you may have surmised, this artist's rendering wasn't rendered by an artist, which makes it quite a bit less artistic. And the milkhouse itself wasn't designed by a designer.

But don't worry, that's where you come in.

Please submit your design ideas and suggestions to flesh out this barebones drawing. Where should the doors go? How many should there be? Windows? Refrigerators, vats, shelves, etc?

Remember these constraints: the space is 10 x 40, and must be divided into three rooms. There must be a milk parlor (10 x 10)- the space where the goats are actually milked - and there must be a milkhouse (10 x 10)- a separate space for storing and cooling the milk. The milkhouse, as much as possible, should be a dead end rather than an area people pass through on the way to somewhere else, so as to minimize opportunities for contamination.

There must also be a cheese room (10 x 20), even though it might not be finished right away.

The cheese room must be big enough to make cheese. i.e., there must be room for a vat, a large refrigerator, a cheese press, a make table and draining table, mold storage etc. And of course there must be a door for the cheesemaker to slam when she quits in disgust.

Goat flow must be one-way (goats cannot go out the same door they came in; if you met our friend Boo the Nubian you would know why) and the very limited floor space must be laid out in such a way as to minimize insanity.

Ok, that's all, send your designs in. You can do it.


The Mighty Quinn said...

Here is my suggested plan.

goatfarmer said...

Quinn this looks like an excellent plan. It's very Borgesian.

It does, however, in some ways resemble what we have already. We call our current design "chaos."

Or sometimes, "complete chaos."

Marigold said...

Ignore the Mighty Quinn. I will offer REAL suggestions! First, there needs to be a grain trough all along the milking stand part, otherwise NO ONE will cooperate with your venture. Perhaps I will draw my suggestions and send them to the goatfarmer as an attachment. As for the refrigerators and all the cheese stuff...well, the cheese lady is the expert there!

The Mighty Quinn said...

Consultations with my good friends Belle and Marigold have revealed a couple of significant deficiencies in my initial suggestion, so please allow me to submit this revised version. Please note that any goat who happens to be in the barn has free access to the added areas, even if all of the gates are closed. The advantages of this arrangement over my previous suggestion, and, indeed, over the existing conditions, should be evident to any discerning goat.

goatfarmer said...

It isn't easy being a genius, is it, Quinn?