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    Man builds stunning ‘hobbit house’ for just £3,000

    A man has built a hillside home reminiscent of a hobbit house from JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings — on a budget of just £3,000.


    Simon Dale constructed the woodland home for his family in Wales, taking only four months to fully complete the project with help from his father-in-law. Built with "maximum regard for the environment" it contains a cosy living room, an open-plan kitchen and a split-level bedroom area. The home is also adorned with fairy lights and wooden furniture to complete the look.
    "These sort of low-cost, natural buildings have a place not only in their own sustainability but also in their potential to provide affordable housing which allows people access to land and the opportunity to lead simple, sustainable lives," he said.


    Designed to be fully sustainable, the home is heated by a wood burner while solar panels on the roof provide power. It also has water supplied by a nearby spring — completing provider-free utilities.
    "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," said Dale. "Building from natural materials does away with producer's profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings".
    Dale completed the home while his wife and two children camped in the nearby countryside, moving in after the timber frame and roof had been completed. Despite having no previous experience as a builder or carpenter the ambitious plans came to fruition.


    "This kind of building is accessible to anyone. My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverance and a mate or two to give a lift now and again," he explained.
    Dale is currently working on a new home in Pembrokeshire as part of the Lammas project, Wales' first authorised 'low impact' ecovillage.


    You can make a donation to contribute to Simon Dale's eco-homes project here - http://www.simondale.net/house/donate.htm




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    That is quality!

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    Yeah, I think it's great.

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    Reckon he calls his Mrs. Bilbo while he's slamming her?

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    It's a great idea ,but unless you're a pikie where are you going to get cheap land to build it on with planning permission

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    ^ Plenty of land available in Basildon Bluey ,, greenbelt no problem ,, Basildon council leader Tony Noballs says " we have to take into account the saftey of the travellers and the bailiffs , its a very difficult situation and even though I am the best man for the job ( no doubt on 100k plus ) I still havent a clue if or when they are going "
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    Is that his wife at the front door, looks a lot better from behind!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jizzybloke
    Is that his wife at the front door, looks a lot better from behind!
    I thought it was Yoda squaring up to ET.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue
    with planning permission
    I would be very surprised if he has planning permission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh
    I would be very surprised if he has planning permission.
    I would be extremely surprised if he hasn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan
    Plenty of land available in Basildon Bluey
    Funny that, as Bluey is the main Pikey that sold the plots that started the fiasco down in Dale

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    Retrospective planning permission by the looks of it.

    A Low Impact Woodland Home

    bottom couple of paragraphs.

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    Planning permission or not, what a great looking place.
    Surprised that the local council haven't found some bullshit reason to bulldoze it and start open cast mining there.

    The home is in Wales. If the family are English, the Taffs will soon reduce it to charred remains.

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    Bloody great idea. Underground warm in winter cool in summer. Better chance of survival when the Rusky's attack.

    I would much better live in a hovel like that than live in the hovel I did. (talking about Wigan) Why not, better than a ghetto in the sky or a poxi housing estate.

    Now if I can convince the Mrs this is the way to go! Could by a bigger boat

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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke View Post
    Planning permission or not, what a great looking place.
    Surprised that the local council haven't found some bullshit reason to bulldoze it and start open cast mining there.

    The home is in Wales. If the family are English, the Taffs will soon reduce it to charred remains.
    I remember the Welsh Liberation Army, in North Wales, they did a lot of house warming parties as I remember for English newbies in the 70's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwarner View Post
    Retrospective planning permission by the looks of it.

    A Low Impact Woodland Home

    bottom couple of paragraphs.
    Glad to hear that he has managed that, quite enlightened planners exist then.

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    Great work

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    it looks cosy and "fit for purpose" as they say, good on them.

    but this is the uk, and they surely wont long to wait before some nosey health and safety jobsworth comes round ticking off a long list of regulations and directives that have not been complied with.

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    Earth sheltered housing is nothing new but this fellow really managed to come up with a design that is charming, rustic and very livable.

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    Like it a lot.

    But could not convince the wife, that is sure.

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    What a great looking place!

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    In two years it will have soggy rat/mice infested walls and floor - nice warm edible home; and mud leaking through the cotton fabric supported roof, I say that with some doubt, - untreated, wet, "structural rafters", covered with soil and a sod topping.

    The water supply is an untreated spring, electricity from very expensive PV and no drainage system mentioned.

    No mention of a "bathroom", no mention of hot water, other than a wood burning stove + large pan.

    Look for the local authorities to take the children into care.

    Aren't the "authorities" trying to clear out some gypsies from a far superior setup right now. Oh, but these are "green" people not "travellers". Where will he plug in his electric car?
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    It beats working 20 years to pay off a few hundred thousand dollars !

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwarner
    That is quality!
    Might be if you're a Pikey builder.

    You should have gone to "Spec Savers" mate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh
    In two years it will have soggy rat/mice infested walls and floor - nice warm edible home; and mud leaking through the cotton fabric supported roof, I say that with some doubt, - untreated, wet, "structural rafters", covered with soil and a sod topping.
    The membrane shown in the drawing should keep the inside dry for quite some time.

    I do miss mention of sanitary facilities, true. But I am sure there are some. Designs for toilets without water flushing exist.

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