Working from home has been a dream for many workers, but for others, home doesn’t offer the most productive atmosphere.
“I had been working at Avera as their director of facility development and was given the option to work remotely, which sounds great,” explained Jacob Bunde. “It was quickly evident that our now-4-year-old daughter had other plans for my productivity.”
An idea began to form. Bunde is a licensed architect with LEED certification and AIA credentials who had never been interested in the concept of tiny living before. He hadn’t found many high quality builds.
Changing the world by helping people live better.
Realizing he needed a small, functional space to work, he thought he could bring something new to the tiny living community with Outpost Adventures. So in the spring of 2021, he and his wife began building compact spaces for getaways, offices, and more. Their first build was finished in August that same year.
“Outpost was a passion project of mine and opened my eyes to developing neighborhoods and communities in a different way,” explained Bunde. “Our design style is inspired by minimal, modern living. The idea is to immerse oneself in nature, in your surroundings.”
Each Outpost is built in collaboration with Heartland Glass Co., Thompson, Huff Construction, & Smith Manufacturing.
Each Outpost is built to order and made of high quality, commercial-grade materials for improved efficiency, lower energy costs, and the ability to live green.
Bunde is also the vice president of architecture at Empire Companies, a housing building and developing company.
Read on about Bunde’s business, hobbies, and influences.
“These units made for a stunning storefront to house a cosmetology studio, fitness instruction, realtor office for Meet ‘n’ greets with clients. The options are endless.” – Jacob Bunde
PEOPLE MIGHT KNOW ME FROM… the gym. I have been a member of many local fitness clubs, have competed in several sports, and am a tall guy. A 6’7” guy stands out.
MY FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY LEISURE TIME IS… hunting. It’s a year round event for me. I enjoy preparing for the season by maintaining the land, cultivating food plots, and checking game cameras. My daughter has grown into being my helper, so we go out, fill the grain feeders, replace the SD cards, etc. We enjoy shed hunting in the spring so much so that our family dog is conditioned to find antlers. I just really enjoy being outdoors, taking in nature.
THE BEST PART OF MY JOB IS… getting my hands dirty. I’m able to complete the finishing details of all our builds, and it’s the most gratifying to see it all come together.
MY FAVORITE DESIGN ELEMENTS TO IMPLEMENT ARE… minimalist, modern touches. I am drawn to industrial textures, such as concrete, metal, and wood. You’ll find those incorporated in all my designs.
ONE BUILD TAKES ROUGHLY… two weeks to complete once materials are on site. As with most everyone else, our timeline is impacted greatly by the supply chain. I’ve been strategic in connecting with vendors that have been able to commit and expect this to remain a dynamic part of the process.
“The housing shortage or the desire to minimize one’s materialistic lifestyle both contribute to the interest in tiny living.” – Jacob Bunde
Choose the Best Outpost Series for You
*An unfurnished Outpost weighs 4,600 pounds
This series is designed with one bedroom and a half bathroom to get away and enjoy the outdoors.
The studio series is designed to be the perfect backyard amenity for activities like an office, yoga studio, or anything you set your mind to. It is equipped with a half bathroom.
This layout offers a murphy bed that folds up to make room for other activities and is equipped with a half bathroom.
This is the shell of an Outpost to make into whatever you deem fit.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT PUTTING TOGETHER OUTPOST WAS… creating something new with my wife. We compliment each other on strengths, so this was really a fun way to do something together.
SOMETHING WE’RE DOING WITH OUR BUSINESS RIGHT NOW THAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT IS… designing a series that would facilitate living in the unit. The first design has a half bathroom. The second design includes a full bathroom and kitchen accommodations.
MY FAVORITE PLACE TO GO FOR INSPIRATION IS… outside. We built our home on our family acreage that was founded by my great grandparents in 1875, hence the original company name of Outpost 1875. I grew up there, am raising my family there, and have always been drawn home.
SOMEONE LOCAL WHO I ADMIRE IS… Dick Moleseed. Dick was instrumental to my professional development at Avera, he’s a critical force in our community, and I greatly admire his work ethic.