Simon Dale was fed up. He’d had enough of what he calls “mass-produced box design” homes so he did something about it — he moved his family to the Welsh countryside and hand-built a “Hobbit house” even Peter Jackson would envy.
Dale is neither an architect nor a contractor. He obtained the plot of land free of charge from a local resident in return for keeping an eye on the rest of the surrounding property. However, armed with just a chisel, chainsaw and hammer — as well as technical assistance from his father-in-law — Dale constructed this eco-friendly home for less than £3000 ($4790) in less than four months time. It’s built primarily from scrap. Reused stones and mud from a local quarry were employed in the foundation while salvaged wood makes up the timber-frame construction.
The home is dug into a hillside to minimise its impact on the landscape and to provide insulation. The roof is a combination of hay bales (again for insulation) and water-proof plastic sheets. Dale diverted a nearby spring for water, though there’s no information on what he uses to generate electricity.
“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,” Dale said on his website. “Building from natural materials does away with producers’ profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings.”