Simon Dale has proven that you don’t need a lot of money to build a gorgeous, low energy home. With help from his father-in-law and friends, he built this enchanted woodland “hobbit” home in 4 months with only £3000.
The home was built with maximum regard for the environment. Simon wanted to live close to nature, in the least disruptive way.
It was built into the hillside for low visual impact and shelter. The stone and mud that was dug up during construction was used to build the retaining walls and foundation.
Reclaimed scrap wood was used for floors and fittings. The lime plaster on the walls is breathable and uses little energy to manufacture.
The roof was constructed from plastic sheet and mud/turf for low impact and ease. The skylight in the roof lets in natural light, and a wood burner is used for heating.
Roof water is collected in a pond for the garden. The fridge is cooled from air coming underground through the foundations.
Most of the work was done using only a chainsaw, hammer, and a one inch chisel. Simon is not a carpenter and is adamant that this kind of building is accessible to just about anyone.