posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 09:51 AM
In the type of terrain the OP describes, I honestly don't think trespass will be an issue. I expect the population density there is less than 10
persons per square mile; probably below 5.
Most criminality will be focused on buildings visible from a paved road. It is very rare indeed to have people try to squat and grow things on your
land--that sounds too much like work. No, they'll be looking for unprotected buildings to raid. Dogs will take care of 90% of that.
In rural Texas, most owners have a homestead surrounded by outbuildings for equipment storage, plus barns and pens nearby. So as long as you cluster
your buildings together, no one will ever be interested in what is in them. The usual policy is for the county appraiser to inspect initial building
plans, but nothing further unless you tell them.
Also, converting buildings makes their current usage ambiguous. I don't know if you've had the experience of driving on to someone's place and
wondering which is the house and which is the barn--it happens on old farmsteads where the buildings aren't torn down or replaced, but merely
I have suggested in other threads using a double perimeter: Chain-link fence a little higher than waist height, at the very edge of what you want to
mow and let the dogs and kids play in. closer in by the house, you build a 6 foot "ornamental" cinderblock wall that fences in the front or side
yards. This is a common sight in rural texas--it cuts the wind.
The upshot of this fencing layout is that anyone climbing the chain-link fence is readily visible as a trespasser, and vulnerable to dogs. The
cinderblock fence can conceal anything at all, from gardens to equipment to prepared firing positions.
I know two people with two heating systems: the second one is propane, which doesn't require electricity. It doesn't raise an eyebrow in rural
areas, because a winter storm can knock down power lines for a week or more.
I think Herman started a thread about building a survival home. I posted there with some other ideas. Like using a pier-and-beam floor, wihch gives
a crawlspace, and raises the ground floor of the home so that all windows are 5 feet above the exterior ground, making intrusion more difficult.
Have a look at that thread for some good ideas . . .