If you had an acre of remote land in your area and a budget of $2500, how would you construct a primitive BOL? (Stipulations are: you alone are building it, and with nothing bigger than hand tools.)
How would you address necessities like: shelter, water, food, fire?
I'm interested to see what people would buy, how things would be setup around your "camp", any sort of creative solutions to problems. Please feel free to describe in detail how you might construct anything by hand. Make sure to include prices and links to any products you'd purchase.
In the purchase of the BOL:
Year round creek/stream/lake/spring was easily accessible and it is wooded.
I'm assuming I have basic gear sleeping bag, etc and the $2500 is solely for construction of BOL.
Do it on the cheap and take a page out of the Indian's handbook.
Make a TeePee.
Made one when I was like 8yrs old in the woods near the house growing up. Stepfather had a lot of left over plastic on a roll. Using a hatchet and the plastic I made a pretty good size TeePee.
Made a basic frame, using a book from a library showing it. I provide you with internet picture.
My stepfather helped me with the tying it together at the top, I was a wee-bit shorter than I am nowadays.
After making the frame, I wraped it with plastic.
Than layed on an outer layer of wood sealing it up pretty good. Than took rope and tied it off to a few trees to the top to help secure it.
The structure itself lasted a few years till a windstorm came through and knocked over a tree it was tied off too, pulling it with it.
I camped out many times in it throughout the year.
Had it outfitted with throwaway carpet from a neighbor that remodel their house.
Used brush packed along the sides when I discovered wind holes in it. It worked out fairly well.
That was done on a very small budget scale.
Now with $2500 added to the mix, I think much of it would be need to reproduce the TeePee.
Other ideas, lean-to shack.
Few sheets of plywood (depends how big you want to make it), 2x4's, some straight timber 10fr length, post hole digger, quick crete, water. You can build a really basic shelter from elements for yourself.
Basic concept is straight timber cut to length, figure your going small shack 8'x8' type. Figure 10 timbers for posts. Level as you can make them, they will be the 'load bearing', and set them in with the quick crete. with one side a few inches taller to allow for a sloped roof.
Use the 4x8 pieces of plywood (3) as a roof (I would shingle them as well having the cash, buy the open packs since they are cheaper and you aren't caring about looks.). Stack it so you have an opening about 1' in size between the two bottom sheets along the middle with the 3rd sheet straddling the opening.
Secure it all with long nails/etc.
Make walls using the 2x4's and additional sheets of plywood. Heck you could probably add a bit of insulation to it for relatively cheap as well.
Just how primitive are we making?