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    Cool A Man Builds a Sustainable Hobbit Home for Just 3000 Pounds

    Simon Dale is a family man in Wales, the western part of Great Britain. His interest in self-sustainability and an ecological awareness led him to dig out and build his own home—one of the loveliest, warmest, most inviting dwellings you could ever imagine. And it cost him only £3,000, about $4,700 American dollars! Simon believes that, apart from being fun, living your own life is rewarding and keeps our souls alive.
    “Our supplies are dwindling and our planet is in ecological catastrophe.”
    The tools are fairly simple. The main concession to modernity was a chainsaw, which he used to cut down about 30 small trees. No old growth forest fell to his family’s needs. He focused on tools that used his own energy, like shovel, chisel, and hammer. Yet it took him only four months to produce this lovely home
    The home is constructed from wood, stone, straw, and has a sod roof. It’s heated with a wood fireplace and has a solar panel for power. Most materials were scavenged. The effect, though, isn’t of a run-down get-by-with-second-best sort. It’s creative, artistic, elegant, and cozy.Most amazingly, the home didn’t require years of training or experience. Simon had none. He’s not an architect. He’s not an engineer. He’s not a carpenter. He started from scratch in every sense. He told the Daily Mail:
    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.
    Building from natural materials does away with producers’ profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings.
    The attention to making the home eco-friendly extends to a compost toilet, the use of straw over a plastic layer for insulation, and a refrigerator that’s cooled with air that flows from under the home’s foundation. Cement is a high carbon emitter, so the interior walls are finished with lime plaster instead of cement plaster.
    Simon is now involved in building another home for the Lammas Project, an organization dedicted to low-impact building. Focus is not only on the homes themselves, but also on planting trees and gardens, and on low impact living in general. Here’s how he sums up his view on his home and the Lammas Project:
    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 more simple, sustainable lives.


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    Quote Originally Posted by celticviking View Post
    Wonderful! I wonder how much the land cost, though... Also, how he secured planning permission...

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    That Hobbit house isn't far from where I live. Here's a link to the Lammas Project for those who want to read a bit more about it. http://www.lammas.org.uk/ecovillage/index.htm

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    Not sure if they would work so great here. Maybe with really thick earth walls to insulate from the cold in winter.

    They have such houses in Iceland, but the climate is much more milder there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renownedwolf View Post
    That Hobbit house isn't far from where I live. Here's a link to the Lammas Project for those who want to read a bit more about it. http://www.lammas.org.uk/ecovillage/index.htm
    Really interseting site!! Thanks!!

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    I have a friend who'd love to live in a Hobbit home, unfortunately the area we live in is below mountains and it's rather hard to dig very far without finding a whole mess of rocks, rocks and oh look - more rocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Esther_Helena View Post
    I have a friend who'd love to live in a Hobbit home, unfortunately the area we live in is below mountains and it's rather hard to dig very far without finding a whole mess of rocks, rocks and oh look - more rocks.
    Rocks are perhaps the best building material there is. One uses what one has in whatever environment one finds oneself. Ireland has a million rock walls because of all the rocks there. If you have rocks, use them!
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    Is that what you call a hobbitat?

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    Thanks for posting, I am looking for ideas.

    Found this one in Orania rather intresting.



    Why an information center?
    •Awareness of the environment◦Also very important in South Africa

    •Education of self-sustainable (autarkic)
    ◦living
    ◦housing

    •Education off the grid system◦Clean electricity
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    Helping the less fortunate!
    •We have lots of less fortunate people in South-Africa◦With project we will start with less fortunate in Orania
    ◦With the success in Orania we will spread the concept to other areas

    •Provide land to build an eartship (for example a hut type)◦Teach how to build earthship
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    •Get sponsors for off-grid systems
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    Why build your earthship here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Esther_Helena View Post
    I have a friend who'd love to live in a Hobbit home, unfortunately the area we live in is below mountains and it's rather hard to dig very far without finding a whole mess of rocks, rocks and oh look - more rocks.
    They could build it above ground and then cover with earth, and get the same effects of a underground house.

    Colfiberex


    Oh, here is video of building the Hobbit house that opened the thread.

    Hobbit house
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