I just contracted 20 acres there and plan on using a composting toilet. I found an ok for it in the covenant for Sunset Ranches it stated that a "state-approved composting toilet was acceptable" however it also stated that if you planned on getting electricity that they would require a legally installed septic system first. No electricity or septic for me ! I plan on going completely off grid and hopefully will become proficient enough with the composting toilet that I can fertilize a nice little landscape there in the desert
This blog has become a great forum for Sunset ranch owners is there any way a forum can be set up like the one they have for Cornudas? Neighbors helping neighbors!!
Anyway I am so happy I stumbled across this blog. I just signed on for 20 acres with big hopes of increasing that acreage later.
I have plans for going totally off grid and eventually creating a completely self sustaining homestead. Since there are no building codes I have been looking at all the possibilities and have fallen in love with the Earth or Mud or Cob Homes. Going to go first with solar then later adding windmills. A composter toilet beats a septic tank and doesn't waste water and saves buying fertilizer for Non-edibles. I am Texan by birth but raised up in the California deserts. I was stationed at Ft Bliss back in the 80's and I am looking forward to seeing it again. I can't wait to come "home" and meeting all the neighbors. After reading all the comments I'd say that you couldn't ask for a better bunch of people to call "neighbor". See you all soon
Hi Matt, where you get the waterseer from? I've been reading about them. And does anyone know if Dell City electric gotten and farther down Big Tank Road yet? I really don't wish to pay $20000.00 per poll just so I can get the Internet for my business. I can do without tv and things I have here in Copperas Cove, however need the Internet to run my business.
Matt, thanks for that advice. I hadn't heard the name Waterseer but a friend has been telling about grabbing the water from thin air. I think its a great invention that can really make a difference in the desert areas.He also told me about a great place to shop online called Global Resources. they are based in China where the "Green" business is exploding with all kinds of new technology. And the prices are as expected from China.. really easy on the pocketbook. what we pay here for one solar panel could buy up to a hundred from there. So anyone out there needing solar supplies you can get their app for apple or android. and anyone looking to build a nice house on the cheap look up their prefab and modular homes they're outrageously low priced.kind of like Sunset Ranches !! See you all in January :))
Hey Slim. Glad to meet ya nieghbor. It will take 2.5 years to build our infrasctructure, which will be COMPLETELY off grid. I found this company in Colorado that sells wind/solar hybrid n less then 12,000 to purchase & install. Rio Grande said it would be 35,000-40,000 to bring electric. We said piss off to that. I know there are aquafiers due to nearby green belts, and we have a significant mountain estuary that we can collect run off for a resevoir, and of course water tanks. We are looking into purchasing a tank on wheels to help ourselves & our nieghbors n will be ranching so always willing to work out a barter 😊. For the next couple years, we'll be coming every few months as Scotty is working, but we'll start laying down the foundation so we're off n running when ready. We're in town now n leaving Friday am. God bless & looking forward to meeting you soon as well
Shelly sorry to hear I missed yall I was out there on Thursday. I own the land that's bout 1/2 mile in on Fredrick's road on the right that's been partially cleared. I also just bought 40 right on 1111. I don't have my master plan together as well as it appears y'all do. None the less I am working on it
I jumped the gun and put down money on 8.5 acres on Gunsight Ranch north of Fort Hancock without fully checking out laws and codes on septic systems and etc (my stupid), so this aerobic septic system business caught me completely by surprise. I had planned to build an off grid homestead so what I'm wondering is if I use a composting toilet, would that get me around the aerobic septic system business?
Yes! Composting toilets are an acceptable alternative to septic systems according to the Property Owners Information Guide. After doing some research i've come to believe that they are way more eco friendly than a septic system and hope to keep the composting toilet permantly.
I had a septic system installed and it cost $ 3,000 did not need to be aerobic septic system, just a septic installed by a certified septic installer in Hudspeth county or a septic (system) approved by the state of Texas.