No foundation, no utilities, no problem. The luxurious outdoor structures produced by the Autonomous Tent Company don't require any of that to create an outdoorsy home away from home in the mountains.
Meet the McMansion of glamping.
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The Autonomous Tent Company's home-sized "tents" come in two models that sit on raised decks, according to Tuvie.com. Durable translucent fabric makes up the exterior shell. Each one is customized for its destination site, and can work with gray water systems, solar arrays or on-demand water heaters.
"It's a tent that's been designed as a permanent structure yet can be raised in just a few days and leave without a trace," Tuvie.com reported. The tent frames are made from steel, aluminum or laminated beams and once assembled can withstand 90-mph winds and heavy snow loads, according to the company. Everything arrives on a semi-trailer for assembly.
Perusing the photos of curving roof lines, cozy fireplaces, and string lights along natural wood walls made me want to stay in one so badly. Then I saw the prices and snapped right out of that daydream. A finished 700-square-foot Cocoon model costs $100,000, while a complete 1,000-square-foot Tipi is $200,000. It makes sense: You're basically buying a house.
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I've never actually gone glamping. The first time I ever heard about it was in on "Project Runway" when the contestants got to stay in enormous comfortable tents full of all kinds of amenities. And then of course they had to get to work on their designs, using their surroundings for inspiration.
My own camping experiences were decidedly unglamorous, especially back in the day when I didn't give a second thought to sleeping in a quinzhee or an igloo that I'd helped construct. But I can see why someone with means would want to leave the bugs behind and kick it in a fancy modern tent. And then afterward have someone else pack it all up.
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