No-income outdoors lifestyle on Santa Fe mountains homestead

Since a “forced retirement” three years ago, Tomas Robison has been stretching his savings by exchanging labor for rent on an off-grid homestead in the Santa Fe mountains. Applying the lessons learned from 3 decades of intense camping (as a climber and river guide), Robison created his home from a yurt, outdoor camp kitchen, hand-crafted composting toilet (The Dood-R), and a “summer shower” from an old parachute.


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Buys '50s home to fix it, falls for its indoor/outdoor mastery

In 1949, Wells Blackshear and his son Harold began designing and building their own home in South Austin, guided by the recycled 18th-century longleaf pine timbers and the existing old-growth trees on the property. Cutting down the minimum possible trees, they built the home nestled amongst pines. According to his son, Wells had an innate sense of scale and proportion, envisioning the building in his “mind’s eye” and working without drawing, allowing the house to evolve during construction.

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