I hope to break down my plans in detail so this might be a bit of a read, I’ve done a lot of thinking over the past 5 years and to see the pieces falling into place is making me really happy! 😃
The land I am in the process of buying is a 10 acre parcel, just about 660x660x660x660 square, 1/2 mile or so off a State highway on a dead end road(Stagecoach Rd, Oxley, Searcy County, Arkansas). A survey is being done before closing, so that will help a bit. There is a power pole at the SW corner,city water and phone lines at Stagecoach Rd that’s about 200 yds away from the property line. It’s gently sloping to the south/southeast and at 1500’ elevation. The bottom (south)property line is (I’d guess) 20’+/- lower then the high(north) end. It’s heavily covered in hardwoods and a few pine with thick underbrush of briers in most places. A dozen or more large rocks (2’x3’x4’)are scattered on the lower 1/3 of the property. I was able to walk a majority of the property, the ground was firm with no swampy areas. Seeing pictures taken from the summer to winter, there is a huge difference on the distance you can see across the property. I plan to keep a 100’-150’ border boundary around the entire property that will be left “wild” where the briars are left in place. The center 4-5 acres will keep all its living trees but the brush ,briers and saplings 6”or less will be cut down periodically. The only trees to be removed are the ones for the pads for Septic drain field, travelers cabin, storage building and eventually the main cabin. I’d like to route the driveways around the healthy trees and large rocks but any dread or dying trees in the path can be removed.
The MASTER PLAN
Develop the lower 1/3 of the property as a travelers rest area with 2 power/water accessible tent camping spots and a small cabin (14’x 22’ +/-)with kitchen, laundry, bathroom and a bed. The bathroom will have its own entrance for the tent campers but an interior door can be locked to restrict access to the rest of the cabin. The cabin will also have an outdoor shower on the west side porch.
A 300’ long driveway needs to be cut in thats 130’-150’ parallel from the lower property line to a 50’x50’ pad for the travelers cabin. Working around healthy trees and large rocks will keep it looking natural. The two tent spots will be north and south of the driveway. The tent spots should be kept small, for motorcycle, van, SUV and jeep campers. No travel trailers or medium-large RV’s will be allowed.
A large enough septic system will need to be put in for both cabins? I’d suggest the lower SE corner inside the brush cleared parameter. (colored blue in the pics) It can also be used as deer/game feeding area for hunting season😉
Driveway uphill to storage containers/pole barn/shed and eventually the main cabin. Cut in a driveway to a 40’x60’ pad in the Northwest corner of the brush cleared area . Either a 20×40 pole barn or 2, 40’ containers with a shared roof large enough to park the van to also be used as storage and possibly small tractor parking. The pad will have power and water.
Pad and main cabin
100’ x 100’ pad for the main 20’x30’ cabin.
Phase 3+ Gun range….
100yd rifle range with action pistol shooting bay. Either packed earth old tires, used railroad ties or a mix of both as a safe backstop. Not sure of placement on the property just yet…. but I’ll have one!
The reason for the 3 phases is I’d like to pay as I go where possible. I’m not worried if phase 3 isn’t finished in 6-8 or even 10 years from now. This is recreational property for now, I’d only be on the property 3-5 months a year as it is, but would like to build it in such a way that travelers can access it year around. It will not be “ open to the public”, security gates with locks and combinations given out to the travelers upon direct contact with only me, free of charge. If it can become a paid campground in the future, I’m open to that prospect. So I’d want it built like someone would be paying for it.
I’ve been playing around with a 10×20, 14×22 and 16×24 cabins with the exact same floor plans trying to see what was most efficient for what I wanted them filled with. On paper, the 14×22 might be the sweet spot. But once it gets put in the computer, that may change. The build will be simple, concrete piers, conventional stud walls, insulation and heat pump HVAC. No drywall so open to “rustic”options like corrugated tin, cedar fence boards or ??? I’m open to on-demand or 50 gallon water heater.
It will have a “shed roof” that’s south facing with windows to let in the winter sun. Passive house principals can be added where possible and within a budget. A budget I have yet to figure out.
well, that’s about it. I’m keeping this post unpublished as an archive to hopefully show what the plan started out as and then when it’s all down to see the difference.