YouTube Video’s: Alternative retreat housing

Below are three video’s showing a few idea’s for inexpensive alternative retreat housing options. Alternative to what? Primarily a fully built house at whatever location that might be chosen. 

I myself live in a typical suburban neighborhood and am looking for a secondary residence. I do not have the money to purchase a second home up in the mountains – however I may be able to get a few acres well out into the country – and place some kind of shelter on it. 

I personally am looking at one of the two story “sheds” available at Home Depot that I can customize the interior and work up methods for plumbing, cooking, heating, cooling, sleeping, power, etc. 

Anyways – here are a few video’s showing options such as using a shipping container, storage shed, and RV.

So – what do you think?








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9 thoughts on “YouTube Video’s: Alternative retreat housing”

  1. Great ideas. I like the off grid cabin myself. Would have to get a well dug, insulate the walls, and have a basement dug out. I live in tornado alley. Thanks again.

  2. The Dirksen buildings are popular in the Ozark mountains. You can buy them without credit check with 3 years to pay on most of them (less time on some). The thing is, you can not fence them in case they ever have to repossess them, and I’m told they will repossess if not paid as agreed (don’t know exactly what that means), but that they will repossess unit with contents, so, keep that in mind.

    Personally, I would NOT use a pop-up camper for any “wild” area; bears in the Ozarks would make quick work of them. All they need is the scent of food, and, there goes your home!

  3. We live on the outer edge of Suburbia and have been watching the effects of what this “new normal” economy brings to bear. Those who moved here for the affordability are finding it less so now that fuel is $4 a gallon. Food is taking a bigger bite out of the budget too. At the extreme edge of the spectrum we see homes being foreclosed on and families (grandparents/parents/grand-kids) moving into the same home – turns out those McMansions convert well to multi-generational family housing. There are homes sitting empty too. 401K plans have been tapped to make ends meet.

    I think for most of us there has been some scaling back. We don’t buy a new car every four years, vacation like we used to or eat out much. We put off painting the house, bark mulching the flowerbeds (now converting to food production). Wages have slid back to what I used to make in the 1980’s. That was a “living wage” back then but now it just barely gets the rent paid.

    I expect the decline to continue. We benefited from inexpensive fuel and the artificially inflated prices of housing. Now that home equity is largely a thing of the past we don’t have the means for luxury items. I don’t know how much longer the financial shenanigans will continue to show a “recovery” but I suspect that the housing alternatives listed in this article will become more and more common.

  4. Certainly, any of the above options beats sleeping outside, or in a tent for a length of time. Ideally, I would love to own a large RV with modern conveniences, electric, running water, plumbing, etc. Then, in a Bug Out situation, to take the RV out of the area and park it next to a shelter or log cabin, set up with a fireplace or wood stove. Best of both worlds!

  5. The examples given are all great and any one of them can be “lived in” depending on your circumstances with one caveat, you have no building skills. Example: the very nice cabin for $10,000 (before 7.5% tax) can be built from scratch for $2,500 leaving $7,500 for interior work such as insulation, kitchen, bathroom, wall treatments etc. as the video shows these are barebones structures. Also, I don’t know if they will deliver these prefab structures to your remote location for free and that could turn out to be a considerable expense. Some sort of foundation would be required as will power either off the grid or commercial Mr. Kilowatt.
    There must be a zillion free plans on the Internet for building small structures. A 12′ X 24′ (288 sq. ft.) is pretty small but again, there are many plans on the net for livable structures smaller than that.
    As another commenter stated “I would not want to be towing my bug out retreat behind my car or truck and end up living on the Interstate.

  6. I agree with Mo it is getting more unstable every day. But I do not think any of the video alternatives would be allowed anywhere in Florida you would never get a CO (certificate of occupancy) or a residential building permit. I wish all the time that I had been more aware of Prepping when I bought my retirement house & was making choices. I knew I had to be away from the city & small but alot has gone downhill even in 5 years since I moved. Taxes & Insurance erode away out of control with absolutly no way to avoid them. Having lived previously in a very isolated, NC mountain community before you bug out go spend a full time year in those conditions. Snow storms, blizzards, big black bears, freezing pipes & lost electricity (did I mention the Ice) is as close to a SHTF event as I really ever want to go thru again. Three years of it alone makes a pilgrim out of you. You can survie heat & rain with cross venilation, but you donot live long in blizzard conditions even with all the luxury of modern day living much less SHTF conditions.

  7. I was completely taken in by the -shipping container- clip. Not so much with the concept itself, but by the women, and what she has accomplished. I understand that there are many who would look down on her home. I bet there are some who would consider calling Social Services on behalf of her children, they need to be saved from this 3rd worldish existence. I suppose they believe that foster care would be better. Or forcing this family into the cold, grey and uniformly steril facade of government housing would be the charitable thing to do. I was told by someone of questionable measure, you should sell all you have, why, if you did you would be rich and not have to struggle so. I told this person that if he could not see that I already held my treasure, and that he lacked a keen eye for what is of value…… I think the women in this clip has a keen eye…..

  8. You have filled in a blank space in our list of possibilities. u’d a thought we would have gotten to this place some time in the past but we.. just.. did.. not.. think it was workable option for us. The ro ro cabin along with another for storage and sleeping space is an absolute ‘doable’. Insulated and dress out would be easy. I already see where I wanna cut in a bay window for the tomato pots. The Cost…. hell olde man, I could hock a couple of my ‘safe queens’ and pay that bill.

  9. Great ideas! Around here, codes get bypassed with the shed just being ‘storage’. It just so happens, I’m what’s stored.


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