Pirate John's "Independence, Texas USA"

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by PirateJohn, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    i have not read your entire thread..first few pages and last few pages. These containers off the container ships seem to be selling for $4k or so. can you get anything that solid for that cheap? my buddy put one on his property withd a lean to built on each side to park tractors/cars under with the tools/parts ect locked up on the inside. TENTS on top for the guest :)
  2. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    I like that idea of putting tents on top although out here in South Texas that could be a bit warm in the summer ;)


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  3. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Who says that container homes have to be ugly?

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  4. PaddedHat

    PaddedHat Been here awhile

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    Who says container homes have to be ugly? Well, I'm not a big fan of modern, but as a builder this set of pics. screams " hey, I'm an architect who is trying very hard to be cutting edge, look at me!". Bottom line is that home would be a lot easier, cheaper, and a lot more practical without the trendy bullshit of stuffing a few containers in the mix to make a statement.
  5. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    I like the interior but it has lost its portability, which is part of the appeal of containers to me.

    Some of the fancier container houses (Kalkin's stuff comes to mind) don't use just any old container, they build new ones from scratch just for the project. And that seems to defeat the purpose.

    And a couple of approaches that I have considered are so restricted by the basic 20x8 design or 40x8 design that it starts making sense to just build from scratch.

    So I see your point although the general design is interesting and recycling containers sure doesn't hurt.
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    hwy61 Been here awhile

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    I gotta say, as much as I'd like to be cuttin' edge... I agree,
    it don't really add up... :D
  7. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    IN!!! :clap
  8. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Good time for a little update.

    I am still working at an oil rig near Cotulla, TX. 107 degree heat, dust out the ying yang, and now the flies are taking over. I have been out here for 3 months and only gone into town once for 1.5 hours. Ye-hah! :lol3

    Anyway ... thought that I had a deal on three adjoining lots in the gated RV park at Brackettville but the guy never got around to writing up any paperwork. Then he hinted that he had a hot prospect on the way with cash in their hot little hands. Well ... got an email a few days ago and that hot prospect evidently wasn't quite so hot and the lots are still on the market. :evil

    Long story short, I'll get out of the oil patch and take a look before too long. That development near Brackettville has unsold lots that they have had since the 70's and there are several people advertising RV park lots at prices anything from bargain price to silly high. So if I want to buy something there there should be something available.

    In another thread we have been discussing buildings made of ISO storage containers and I mentioned that I am looking at sneaking up on building a workshop. One thought that I had is that this town is pretty tiny and the RV park is on the outskirts; I'll bet the park would frown on a largish garage on their property but there is probably something nearby that would be a perfect location.

    So one way or the other we are going to sneak up on a retirement place and waypoint for riders and travelers.

    Let's just pray that the oil boom keeps booming and the $$$ keeps coming in. :lol3
  9. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Interesting, in a motorcycling gypsy sort of way ;)


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  10. JohnBoy777

    JohnBoy777 Pseudo-Adventurist

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    +1 Good luck with the resale value on a container home. Here in the Northeast, split levels are hard enough to unload. Can you imagine a container home. Even as a cabin in the woods type dwelling, the hit you'd take would be brutal.

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    I don't see this as something that would be resold. More likely handed down to a trust for future riders and adventurers.




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  12. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    The big development is that I have moved to a small ranch near Uvalde, TX. It's not Brackettville but it's nearby. 70 miles from the border, and Uvalde is large enough to support things like a Super WalMart, a decent grocery, and some restaurants and bars.

    Stay tuned.





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  13. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    i'll be watching...may need a couple days 'in-chop' before crossing the border.
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    finally got outta the oilfield, eh?