Simon Dale has proven that you don’t need a lot of money to build a beautiful and comfortable, low energy home. With help from his father-in-law and friends, he created this enchanted woodland “hobbit” home in 4 months for just £3000 (less than 5000 USD).
The Wales home was built with maximum regard for the environment. Simon wanted to live close to nature, in the least disruptive way. The stone and mud that was dug up during construction was used to build the retaining walls and foundation. The home was built directly into the hillside for shelter and low visual impact. Reclaimed scrap wood was used for floors and fittings. 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 that enters from underground, through the foundations.
Most of the house was built by 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.
“We have found that for a few thousand pound and a few months work it is possible to create simple shelters that are in harmony with the natural landscape, ecologically sound and are a pleasure to live in.”