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Survivalist Property – 37 Design & Construction Ideas


Everything matters when building a survivalist property. In the aftermath of a disaster, your remote location needs to be well-protected and well planned out.

In this article, we look at 37 ideas to turn your property into the ultimate SHTF compound. Let’s get started!



37 Design Ideas

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Here are 37 ideas to make your property secure.

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1. Create a Property Layout

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A property needs to be well-protected and maintained. You won’t be able to achieve this without planning and attention to detail.

Here are some key elements to include in your plan:

  • Interior and exterior layout plan
  • Sustainable source of water and energy
  • Sustainable food production system
  • Perimeter security
  • Budget and costs
  • Legal considerations

2. Consider the Land Size

Survivalist properties take up 35 to 50 acres on average. Some people think that the more the merrier, but a large area of land with not enough people in it can quickly turn into a disaster.


3. Stay Away From Major Roads

Highways and major roads will make your property exposed to surprise attacks.

The more secluded the area, the better. Stay away from urban areas and look for areas with lots of trees.


4. Allocate Space for Farming and Livestock

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Your survivalist property needs a food supply in order to thrive. Ideally, farming, gardening, and raising livestock should comprise over 50% of your property area.


5. Have a Team of Responsible Hands

Survivalist properties need hands who can patrol the area and take up surveillance platforms.

You’ll also need a team of workers like doctors, engineers, nurses…etc.


6. Stockpile Clothes and Shoes, Not Just Food

A common mistake people make is not bringing enough clothes and shoes when SHTF. In the long run, you’ll need extra clothes, shoes in different sizes, baby clothes, socks…etc.


7. Decide on a Meeting Point

The meeting point is usually the living room because it has enough room for everyone to sit. However, you can go with the basement if you want.

What’s important is that everyone knows where to gather when SHTF.


8. Limit Entry Points

A survivalist property with several entry points is more vulnerable to attacks and much harder to guard at all times.

Your property should have no more than two entry points that are heavily monitored.


9. Make Your Property Self-Sustainable

Making your property self-sustainable means having a renewable source of energy, raising livestock for food, growing food, and much more.

If your property isn’t self-sustainable, you’ll be forced to go outside to get food, water, or gas. Depending on the event, this could be a life-threatening situation.


10. Don’t Make Your Home Visible

The more visible your property is, the more it’s susceptible to threat. That being said, make sure your home is shrouded between trees or other buildings.


11. Surround Your Property With Rugged Terrain

Rugged terrain is effective at hiding your property and making it harder for intruders to break in. Always choose areas with hills, mountains, or any rugged terrain.


12. Build a Garden

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Building a garden is the first step towards having a self-sustainable property. Make sure you plant fruits, vegetables, and more.


13. Start Raising Livestock

Raising livestock is essential in sustaining your property. You should own more than one type of animal and have a sustainable source of feed to keep them alive.


14. Consider Planting Medicinals

If you have the experience, planting medicinals will give you a supply of herbal remedies. It’s fairly easy to plant echinacea, ginseng, St. John’s wort, and more!


15. Install Whole-house Generators

Your compound must be running on multiple sources of energy, preferably, renewable sources. Each source of energy should run wired generators that cover your property.


16. Focus on Renewable Energy

Propane, diesel, gasoline… They’re all gonna run out eventually. Investing in a renewable source of energy, like wind turbines or solar panels, can keep your property running forever.


17. Stockpile Propane and Gasoline

With that said, propane and gasoline have numerous uses in your survivalist property. From farm machinery to stoves and refrigerators, everything needs fuel to run.

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18. Use Cinder Blocks

Your buildings must be made from cinder blocks and concrete walls to resist fires, curtail bullets, and protect you from extreme weather.


19. Use Concrete for Floors

Concrete floors may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, but they’re essential in a survivalist property. If you can’t stand the sight of them, just paint over them.


20. Build the Roofs Out of Metal

Having roofs made out of metal is effective at stopping fires from spreading. Choose a metal type with fire retardant properties that’s resistant to rust and severe weather.


21. Secure Your Chimneys

Intruders can climb down your chimneys and gain access to the building. You can avoid this by adding a metal case around the top of the chimney.


22. Invest in Security Cameras

Security cameras are paramount in survivalist properties because they enable you to monitor your property at all times.


23. Invest in Motion Detector Lights

Motion detector lights can spot intruders and keep your exterior lit up. This may deter intruders and prevent attacks.


24. Place LP/OP Around the Property

LP/OP stands for listening and observation posts. They’re manned by one or two people and spread out across the perimeter to have it under constant surveillance.


25. Add Fire Extinguishers

Add fire extinguishers, CO alarms, smoke detectors, and escape ladders to all buildings. This helps in preventing and mitigating the loss of life and property.


26. Insulate Your Home

All your exterior walls need to be insulated to keep the interior temperature stable. Use radiant barriers, foam, double-sided tape to keep your building insulated in the winter.


27. Use a Rainwater Collection System

A freshwater collection system will ensure you have a supply of water. There are several ways you can build rainwater harvesting systems, but it’s vital for your property.


28. Don’t Forget Your Toolkit

Your tool kit must include screwdrivers, wrenches, shovels, hammers…etc. You should also have gardening tools like bowls and pots.


29. Use Barbed Wires

Barbed wires should be installed around the whole property as the first line of defense.


30. Use Razor Wires

Razor wires aren’t essential, but they add an extra layer of security and make it harder to cross over.


31. Use Electric Wires

Electric wires will usually scare an attacker off rather than electrocute them. Add several lines to hold the attackers long enough for the LP/OP to detect them.


32. Add Brick Walls

Brick walls provide protection to your property. They can withstand vehicle crashes, bullets, and more.


33. Reinforce Your Gate(s)

Your gates must be able to withstand anything that gets thrown at them. They should also be enforced with electric and razor wires to prevent anyone from getting close.


34. Set Up a Medical Clinic

A medical clinic will contain first aid kits, medicine, beds, and health care workers.


35. Set Up a Butcher Shop

A butcher shop is more important if you have a lot of people in your group. It will enable you to better distribute rations and have more livestock.


36. Add a Fireplace in Each Room

A fireplace is essential in every room, especially in colder climates. It can provide warmth and even cooking options if the power goes out.


37. Consider Using a Private Septic System

Having a private septic system means your property isn’t attached to any municipal supply or sewage. It’s expensive but gives your property complete independence from the outside.

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In Conclusion

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There are hundreds of things you can implement in your property. The most important thing is to do your research, plan a sustainable source of water, food, and energy, and secure your property against any intruders.  Thanks!