Have you ever watched Lord Of The Rings and been jealous of the simple, peaceful lives the Hobbits seem to lead? (Not to mention that awesome pub with an endless flow of beer and the catchy drinking songs.) Well look no further!
A man with no architectural or carpentry experience (but a love for the environment) built a Hobbit house replica. The awesome part: he did it all under $5,000! Located in Wales, in the United Kingdom, Simon Dale specializes in low-impact, environmentally-friendly houses. David states on his site, “Building from natural materials does away with producers profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings.” And he provides the plans for your own DIY project. But, don’t stop there! Build the whole town, including the previously mentioned pub and shoot an invitation my way!
Dale also provided some key points of his ingenuous design and construction:
- Dug into hillside for low visual impact and shelter
- Stone and mud from diggings used for retaining walls, foundations etc.
- Frame of oak thinning (spare wood) from surrounding woodland
- Reciprocal roof rafters are structurally and aesthetically fantastic and very easy to do straw bales in floor, walls and roof for super-insulation and easy building
- Plastic sheet and mud/turf roof for low impact and ease
- Lime plaster on walls is breathable and low energy to manufacture (compared to cement)
- Reclaimed (scrap) wood for floors and fittings
- Anything you could possibly want is in a rubbish pile somewhere (windows, burner, plumbing, wiring…)
- Wood burner for heating – renewable and locally plentiful
- Flue goes through big stone/plaster lump to retain and slowly release heat
- Fridge is cooled by air coming underground through foundations
- Skylight in roof lets in natural feeling light
- Solar panels for lighting, music and computing
- Water by gravity from nearby spring
- Compost toilet
- Roof water collects in pond for garden etc.