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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2015, 06:22:45 PM »
Personally, I prefer the Jeep or Land Rover and a tent, but I can see how this would appeal to some.

I think it's all in the marketing - getting the word out to those who are interested in "off the grid" - not sure how one would get this word out, but I think that would be my major focus...

My $ .02...
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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2015, 09:38:37 PM »
Thanks all for the comments.   We are building this for ourselves, primarily.  It isn't going to be ready for a few more months as we are building it every once in a while on the weekends. 

The structure is being built from two shipping containers with a steel roof covering the whole compound, about 900 square feet. With about 400sq ft of shaded out door.  The inside will be about 550 square feet with a flushing toilet, shower, bathroom sink, small fridge, a kitchen with sink, dinette, living room with pullout couch bed, a small room with two sets of bunk beds, and a master with a queen bed and doors opening out into a large porch with an astonishing view of the entire north of park including Persimmon Gap/the Santiagos, Rosillos, Sierra del Carmens, and the Chisos.  In the evening, watch the sunset from the back porch, naked if that's your thing, then build a fire on the rock patio in the firepit and watch the night skies, naked if that's your thing.

There will be propane stove and heat, a swamp cooler, led lighting, and various power plugs for your small electronics. Electric provided by a bank of batteries likely charged by the wind. 

Wake up in the morning and take a nice, leisurely hike on their Mesa all to yourself, naked if that's your thing, while sipping on your morning Joe. Go back to the cabin and do some target practice with your favorite piece of iron, naked if that's your thing, or maybe not.

Again this is being built for our family. But we can't possibly use this place but every few months.  So, I thought we'd try and open it up to people who may want to rent it.  Price point, I was definitely thinking 75- 100 with a weekly or even monthly deal.

Search and follow the hashtag #terlingua360house on Facebook if you'd like to see some current pics of its construction.


The view from the future porch in April:


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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2015, 10:17:23 PM »
A 360 view of the building site, before ground breaking.  https://www.360cities.net/image/double-l-ranch-view-mexico

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2015, 09:19:12 AM »
Sounds very relaxing, maybe just the ticket after a long week of hiking. Will keep it in mind.

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2015, 09:26:26 AM »
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In the evening, watch the sunset from the back porch, naked if that's your thing, then build a fire on the rock patio in the firepit and watch the night skies, naked if that's your thing.

"Clothing optional off the grid" is probably a very small niche!   :icon_lol:
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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2015, 10:21:55 AM »
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In the evening, watch the sunset from the back porch, naked if that's your thing, then build a fire on the rock patio in the firepit and watch the night skies, naked if that's your thing.

"Clothing optional off the grid" is probably a very small niche!   :icon_lol:

Yes I agree, but David seems to be very keen on the naked idea, or at least preoccupied with it for now?

I think the largest drawback would be the access. A few folks in Subarus that want to get away for a week (naked if that's their thing) will be the niche. Those that travel in 4 X 4s will most likely be in the park camping on the back roads, and most that arrive in Buicks and Camrys don't drive on dirt, and don't bring their own sheets and towels even if they could access the property.  Pretty much limited to the members of this board, a few Subaru owners, and perhaps a few 4X4 owners with a strong "let's get nekkid" desire.  :icon_biggrin:

Love that 360 view David, I could look at that view naked or clothed, but I doubt my PT Looser could get up there.  :icon_cry:
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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #21 on: July 27, 2015, 01:23:13 PM »
Lol thanks for all the comments guys....keep them coming

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2015, 11:04:13 AM »
Great idea and I would be very interested. 

We're building a similar getaway, albeit closer to home over on some wooded acreage in Burleson County.  We started with a bar, then added the water tower, a screen shelter then a 2-story cabin with back porch on the edge of a ravine.  We have an old gas stove I converted to propane and a small solar array with a backup generator (but did have power hooked up last year).  Next comes a rain collection system and composting toilet.  Nothing like taking a shower under the tower!











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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #23 on: July 28, 2015, 11:09:52 AM »
Nothing like starting with the necessities in mind! Lol. Looks great!

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2015, 11:22:53 AM »
Awesome Buck!  Just like here at the farm, one piece at a time as cash will allow.   :eusa_clap:
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #25 on: July 28, 2015, 11:27:46 AM »
Looking good Buck!

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #26 on: July 28, 2015, 02:27:56 PM »
Exactly, Casa.  We were having friends out that weekend and threw the bar together just in time.

How far along are you on your place and what kind of time frame do you envision for completion?
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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #27 on: July 29, 2015, 09:47:01 AM »


Exactly, Casa.  We were having friends out that weekend and threw the bar together just in time.

How far along are you on your place and what kind of time frame do you envision for completion?

Well, we are hoping to have it completed to use by Christmas save for the outdoor kitchen area.   We're putting on the roof decking and tin this weekend and building the middle ceiling and hopefully cutting out and welding the steel walls in place.   A bit lofty goals, but no harm in trying!

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #28 on: July 29, 2015, 04:30:36 PM »
Does the road have a lot of Bentonite? Is that why the access in the rain is difficult?
 

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #29 on: July 29, 2015, 05:05:48 PM »
Does the road have a lot of Bentonite? Is that why the access in the rain is difficult?
You got it, Jim.  That's exactly it.  We're exploring options.

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