John Wells’ Field Lab: A Glow in the Desert

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I always look forward to Thursday mornings when I grab The New York Times from the front yard, sit down with my cup of tea and delve into the Home section. So, this morning I was even more pleased when the cover article A Glow in the Desert profiled Texas dweller John Wells and his home, Field Lab. If you haven’t heard of this guy before, you must read his story.

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Relocating to Texas from New York City and Columbia County in 2007, Wells shed his large country home for a simpler life in the desert. His new compound is simply constructed from four shipping containers, bought for $1,000 each, and arranged around a center courtyard. His homestead is powered by solar panels and is a constant work-in-progress.

Wells plans on upgrading his sleeping quarters, but he’s currently bunking in a “tiny shack…no bigger than a sailboat cabin; its interior is painted bright orange and yellow, and it has a desk, storage cubbies, a single bunk bed and a kitchen counter; above it is a pendant lamp made from a tomato juice can,” writes The New York Times.

Awesome, right?! Read the full article A Glow in the Desert.

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Images: Tony Cenicola for The New York Times

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