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Do You Dream of Living Debt Free in the Desert?

Kirsten Dirksen visited John Wells at The Field Lab in the middle of nowhere, Texas. The nearest stoplight is 160 miles away from John’s place, and he prefers it that way. This video tour with Kirsten was made a few years ago, but John is still living happily debt-free in the desert. Get a feel for […]

Fascination Fuels A Life Off The Grid for John Wells

My monthly expenses here are like $200, and everything’s paid for – no mortgage. Now I don’t have to think about my bills when I get up in the morning, which is a really nice feeling.” – John Wells via Unlikely Lives Read more about John Wells: Fascination Fuels A Life Off The Grid at Unlikely Lives

The Field Lab, Terlingua, Texas

John Wells went into the desert of Southwest Texas as an experiment, an experiment in living by facing challenges that most of us never consider, like how much water you get from a rainstorm or whether wind or solar is a better option.” – adventure journal via Weekend Cabin: Field Lab, Terlingua, Texas

Shipping Container House Construction Continues at The Field Lab

John Wells continues to make progress on his shipping container house at the field lab. The large building behind his work area is a greenhouse John built from four shipping containers and a lot of welding. Photo credit to John Wells. “Yanked my stud starts out of the container, rebuilt the east wall, lined it […]

Shipping Container House Construction Begins

John Wells at The Field Lab has started building a new tiny living space inside one of his shipping containers. “Got started on the studs today.  Only thing I would have done different with my present house is – 2×6 instead of 2×4 studs allowing for more insulation and the addition of a radiant barrier.  […]

The Grub Shack

I’m an avid follower of the events unfolding at The Field Lab in southwest Texas. John Wells has been making steady progress on welding up the steel arches for his 4-shipping container based green house. John regularly mentions the important things in his life, his friend Benita (a volunteer pet longhorn), and his favorite local […]

The Field Lab – Update

John Wells at The Field Lab has been making slow steady progress on his greenhouse. His home is a tiny 8′ by 16′ tiny house specially built to survive the extreme heat the southwestern Texas desert can deliver. His greenhouse will be made from shipping containers with a roof of welded steel trusses. He’s doing […]