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This is not for production or construction this is
just for thought.

*This is an experiment* Do not
try to build one of these your self until you check the plans with an licensed
architect.  In no way do I certify or warranty any plans to any levels of
strength or capacity for a living structure.  I am not an architect, nor do
I have any degree in design or mechanical engineering
*Don’t build any structure for living out of PVC*

We will be posting a bit more regular on our blog at:

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way here is my latest

June 22, 2009

The pvc shelter I built has fallen.  It seems like the vicious west
Texas winds took down the PVC.  The Joints look as if they were sun burnt
and brittle because of it.  I’m not going to rebuilt this one.  The
pipes will be used for a drainage project planned for this fall.  I am
still looking to build some sort of alternative shelter out there, but I will
have to go back to the drawing board for this one.

For those of you who contacted me about this being good for Burning Man, the
answer is yes!  For a week, or a month, this would be a great setup.
I would suggest using some tent stakes and tying the tarp to the ground.

June 15, 2009

It has been a while since I have posted anything online.  Here is a
collection of photos from the last year or so.  I hope this give people a
better idea as to how I put together this pvc shelter.





Rain Shelter



July 1, 2008

We were able to visit our property and test out the
shelter.  We hung a large tarp over the A-frame and it worked great.
Soon I will ad some photos from our last outing.

November 1, 2007

Here are a few pictures from our project in west Texas:


The base foundation

PVC a-frame consruciton

Base of PVC house

Digging rocks out of rocks

PVC Shelter foundation

Digging rocks for the foundation

Just getting started

PVC Pipe setup

PVC Shelter construction

3/4 of the way done.  Derrick & Princes the dog PVC5
Kendra and Princes

PVC Setup and glued

PVC Shelter construction

The Trooper on the way to the top
4x4 Trooper in West Texas

Red Isuzu Trooper

Here is a YouTube video from the property out near Valentine, Texas

October 12, 2007

I am working on a project involving PVC in remote locations.
The PVC pipe will be used as the main support structure for a shelter, house, or
building. The reason for the use of PVC to build a living structure is the
strength at a low weight. Most of the construction will use three inch PVC pipe.

Our first structure will be a trapezoidal A-Frame. We will build the frame at an
approximate with of 16 feet at the base and 2 feet for the top bar. At four foot
intervals along the walls there will be a “T” joint connecting one “A” frame to
the next. We will cement the pipes into the ground using 50 pound bags of
Quickcrete. Quickcrete can be mixed with 1.9 liters of water. So for each bag of
concrete we haul out to the job site we will need two bottles of drinking water.

This style of construction will cost more than standard conventional 2X4
construction but is easier to pack up and move to the building location. We will
be attempting the PVC shelter on November 3, 2007.  New pictures will be up

Wish us luck

Derrick & Kendra

Big Box Pro Video Productions

Supply list

  • 3 inch PVC Pipe
  • 2 inch PVC Pipe
  • 3 inch 45 elbow
  • 3 inch 45 “Y”
  • 3 inch x 2 inch crosses
  • 3 inch x 2 inch “T”
  • Quickcrete
  • Tarp