Build yourself a hobbit home.

I have no idea if this place would pass local building regulations in the States, but I have to admit that it’s damned impressive. Meet the maker of this low impact Woodland Home:

You are looking at pictures of our family home in Wales. It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting we were moved in and cosy. I estimate 1000-1500 man hours and £3000 put in to this point. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly £60/sq m excluding labour).

The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gives us a unique opportunity to live close to nature. Being your own (have a go) architect is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something which is part of yourself and the land rather than, at worst, a mass produced box designed for maximum profit and convenience of the construction industry. Building from natural materials does away with producers profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings.

Some key points of the 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 thinnings (spare wood) from surrounding woodland
  • Reciprocal roof rafters are structurally and aesthaetically 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…)
  • Woodburner 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.

And the inside is just as impressive, but I’ll put a picture of that after the jump. The website even includes the rough plans he used when building the house and photos of its construction.

Found via MAKE: Blog.

A guy could get used to this:

11 thoughts on “Build yourself a hobbit home.

  1. I like the concept, I do.  It really needs about another 2,000 square foot thoubh before you can: watch the games comfortably, entertain with parties, have relatives come to visit, and not get laughed at the by most ladies one would like to bed.

  2. £3000?!! I’d have one if it weren’t for buying the land and planning permission

    Not really so much in house buying terms

    An understatement. The cheapest bedsits around here cost around £60000ish, average house price around £180000ish

    I like the idea of living in nature, I would like to try being homeless at one point just to see what it’s like even if I do own a flat by that time, and in woodland you’d be safer, sheltered a little from rain by the trees and might be able to forage for berries, as long as you stay alive you won’t need to work and escape all other pressures of society. It’s also comforting to know that if I lost my job and became homeless I could do that

  3. I love that. It’s right up my alley.
    I considered this concept about 20 years ago but I wanted much more light than I thought a hovel could deliver.
    Looking at this though, I see there could have been plenty and it would have been much cheaper to build than what I eventually did build … The Pyramid.
    Les, I’ve figured I can put together my own post about that so delete it from the bottom of your to do list … if you haven’t already.  wink
    Consi, you miss the point of the concept which has more to do with living alone in one’s own, very cheap to produce space, with no fear let alone care of others’ judgement.
    Let’s face it; if you care Where you’re fucking you’re not fucking, you’re doing peacock stuff and if the woman cares she’s just too damn shallow to care about.
    Then again, if you provide enough strategically placed mirrors round the fucking place even a shallow woman could be happy.
    It probably says a lot about the women I’ve ‘known’ but I can’t think of one who wouldn’t have wanted to fuck in a place like that at least once but LOL  none would have wanted to live in it permanently, even with me, even when I was young and beautiful.

  4. if the woman cares she’s just too damn shallow to care about.

    Who said anything about caring?  Sheesh!  I was just talking about bedding a gal.

  5. Two things I’d worry about as I went about building one of these: ventilation and mold.

    And, well, 1,000-pound horses walking over my bedroom in the early morning, as they grazed the roof.

  6. And, well, 1,000-pound horses walking over my bedroom in the early morning, as they grazed the roof.

    And cattle. That is a valid point I hadn’t considered.

  7. Considering the tiny footprint of the house, couldn’t you just fence off the roof to keep your bovines and equines from falling through?

  8. Reminds me of the ‘town’ of Coober Pedy in South of Central Oz.
    Here are some examples of underground living.
    Here are a couple more.

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