What does an outercampus look like?

OUTERCAMP
4 min readJul 28, 2021

You’ve heard all of the buzz words, but what does one of these outdoor communities actually look like?

PICTURE a web of unique and sustainable dwellings that integrate harmoniously with the land and surround a communal activities center. All connected via a wooded trail system.

The Dwellings

Minimal, warm, and secluded spaces. What you need to feel comfortable in the wild, and not an ounce more.

~ Minimal ~

The spaces were designed minimally to simplify the moment. So that people might experience the feeling of decluttering their life and decluttering their mind. We have enough stuff at home. Outercamp is a place to strip away the distractions, and connect with the moment.

~ Warm ~

Designed to evoke feelings of coziness and comfortable conviviality in the space, our dwellings are like a warm hug on a chilly morning. Candles, pre-chopped wood, and cast iron wood-fire stoves keep the space dry and warm through any storm.

“The Roost” — Swannanoa, NC

~ Secluded ~

We wish to bring every guest the feeling of natural “stillness” during their stay. The dwellings are built with substantial space between them — strategically placed to achieve silence and a feeling of seclusion for each guest.

Dwelling Types

The camps will feature a variety of creative tiny homes like yurts, domes, airstreams, safari tents, and treehouses, because who likes when everything looks the same? For our first camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains, we are building:

~ Yurts ~

20-foot diameter Mongolian-inspired yurts with deck space and plenty of windows. Built right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

~ Cherokee Tiny Homes ~

Modern 250 square-foot versions of the traditional Native American stick-built longhouse with a lightly-insulated canvas roof cover.

“The Roost” — Swannanoa, NC

~ Treehouses ~

We’ll leave it at that.

Off-the-Grid

The dwellings will not have typical household electrical and plumbing systems. We prefer an authentic off-grid experience.

So how will people charge their devices?

A community solar array will provide enough power to each dwelling to charge devices, run a fan, and power LED lights.

How will people use the bathroom?

Outhouses with compost toilets will be constructed externally to the dwellings and accessed via a short trail. Organic wood-fill for smells, a gravity fed faucet and biodegradable soaps for clean hands, and a window for views :-).

What about water? How will people stay hydrated or clean their dishes?

Water holding tanks at each dwelling will be pre-filled with fresh well water to provide clean running water.

What about a shower?

A bathhouse will come in a later phase of the project. In the meantime, guests will have a personal bucket-platform shower! Fetch warm water from the community well. Hoist the bucket up and tie off with rope. Open the valve at the bottom of the bucket and let gravity take over!

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OUTERCAMP

Building outdoor communities for an ideal world.