Hi there. Name is R.J. Neat site, thanks for having me.
Currently am living on 166 acres in east Texas. Experienced outdoors man and hunter. Have 2 dogs 1 lab, one German short hair, one horse, one mule (both ride, mule pulls as well).
I am currently living on site in an Avion 26' trailer (think airstream) that I hooked to a 14x22' metal storage building (like a little metal barn) with a roll up door. I built a 12' addition off the front of that and hooked it to the RV. I had the metal building moved here and where I wanted for $500. Its pretty much finished out inside using scrap fence material. I put a harbor freight Ben franklin stove in it for heat and winter cooking. Have power and satalite internet, which is how I am conversing with you and how I work from here.
I'm going to build one of THESE: http://simondale.net/house/
it works GREAT in hot summer cold winter areas. I like the look of it as well. Like it grew out of the ground...most of the materials needed are found on site. I have a bunch of red cedar and some hickory that are straight as an arrow so the Cedar will be logged on site (started) and will be used for the footer poles. The super strong and straight hickory will be the "rafters" I'm going to use "durascrim" for my plastic layer. Its about 14mm thick so it will never leak... its a thermal mass house so it should hold about the temp of an underground house (about 55 degrees) which means you only have to heat or cool it from that temp. Durascrim is Used for oil pond liners... Wood stove and a window unit will work fine. I figure I can rough it out for about $5000 to 6000 depending on the cost of the straw bales. I figure it will end up about 1000 to 1100 sf. I have an old Massey Ferguson skid loader (think bobcat) that I can use to bury it.
I purchased a wrecked 18 wheeler box for $250 for dry storage and thats working great.
I really like the "Hobbit House". I'm going to raise the floor up about 3' and put a real floor down. I'm going to dig a "root/storm shelter/bunker 1st under it.
My land has a seasonal creek that runs through it...I have my Craw Fish traps out now and catching 3-4 lbs a week. Lots of deer hogs and critters of all sorts. 4 ponds. one stocked with black bass and channel cat fish... LOTS of trees. All wooded...Most is flood plane but who cares: You can use it 350 days out of the year, and it has amazing hunting on it. Deer and Hogs=food!... and it was all pretty cheap (mostly cheap its all relative) I have about 20 acres thats not flood plane.
I just got my HUGE air compressor hooked up. It puts out 19.1 scfm at 175 psi. Why do I need this? Because I'm using air to drill my own well. http://howtodrillawell.com/
I got down 35' with 5 air compressors hooked together, hit water and it collapsed on me last year so I'm going to hit it hard again when I know the water levels are low enough to confirm I will have water all season long. It isnt real fast in all the clay we have here...I have a 600 gallon cistern I haul water in with now which is a pain, but will be very useful once I get the well in. After I finish the well I will use the air compressor to pump water. Backup will be a hand pump.
After the well project, the garden goes in, along with the rabbit hutches. 1st. I like to eat rabbit. 2nd. one buck and doe will yield 80lbs of rabbit meat a year. So I figure 2 bucks and 6 does as stock.
I am an experienced outdoors man and hunter. 40 years old. Have 2 dogs 1 lab, one German short hair, one horse, one mule and no woman LOL. Lots of guns. Lots of ammo. Be prepared I say. I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it (see guns, ammo, horse, mule).
Well I guess that about all I can think of to tell you now. Sorry to run on....
Anyway. Take care. HOWDY!!! R.J.