Christened the “Dog House” for its appearance, the new Tuff Shed building at Meyers Spring Ranch certainly stands out. Sitting on a plot of land that stretches across 10,000 acres and boasts the largest pictograph site in Texas, the Dog House is one of a kind. Thad Steele has owned the land for 10 years and worked to develop it for hunting parties throughout the year. Along with land development planning, Thad found that the lodging was due for an update. A Tuff Shed building seemed to be the logical answer for the demanding environment.
The two existing structures for lodging guests on the property were a converted tack room and a cottage built in the 1940’s. Travel trailers have been used on the Ranch but they run the risk of blowing over in high winds and typically need to be replaced after three years. Thad needed a structure that would last through the years and uphold its quality. Working with the Tuff Shed team from El Paso, they decided on a 16×24 Pro Tall Barn with a large loft, a six-panel steel access door, two 2×2 windows, and four 3×2 windows. The foundation is a perimeter concrete pad with a center layer of compacted landscape tile, necessary for a structure of this size.
The most difficult part of the process came during the plumbing installation. “It was on a rock outcropping, so building the septic tank was a challenge,” says Thad, “We had to get a concrete saw to get through the rock.” After the plumbing was set, the crew got to work installing the new building. The Dog House went up in a day and half and Thad and his team began installing the finishing touches immediately. “We just had a blast with it”, remembers Thad.
The Dog House sleeps 10 comfortably, with a full bathroom and kitchenette, and two air conditioning and heating units. “We probably didn’t need both of the units but we wanted to make sure visitors were comfortable. Everyone who’s stayed here have been real happy with it, and we are too,” says Thad.