House Build For Only $5.000

How can you build a house if you have only $5,000? Simon Dale, a self-build devotee, knows the answer. He constructed his woodland home entirely from natural and reclaimed materials, including tiles from a showroom skip and spent $4,900 and only 4 months on this low-impact living. Check out the pictures of the plans of the house and the house itself that reminds of a hobbit house from The Lord of the Rings.

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Simon Dale built his house with the help of his father in law and friends.

It took about 1000-1500 man hours to finish the project.

Plans of the house

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The house was built with maximum regard for the environment. It was dug into hillside. Foundations and walls were made of stone and mud from diggings. Frame of oak thinnings came from surrounding woodland. Straw bales were used to build walls, floor and roof for super-insulation.

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There is a naturally cooled refrigerator in the house. It is cooled by air coming underground through foundations. The house residents use water from the nearby spring. Solar panels generate electricity for lighting, computing and music. Day light penetrates through the skylight in the roof of the house.

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Candles are another way of lighting the “hobbit house” in the evening. It looks so romantic and beautiful.

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Foundation

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Lime plaster on walls is breathable. Woodburner is used for heating. Flue goes through bin stone to retain and slowly release heat.

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10 thoughts on “House Build For Only $5.000

  1. Where on earth is building a house like this part of any kind of acceptable building code? Or…who did you have to bribe for people to live there?

    1. building codes are performance based,, if you can ‘prove’ it meets the requirments of the building ‘ACT’ 2004 then you can build anything you want out of what ever you want, hope that answers your question.

    2. Really? THAT is what you pick to point out? Building codes are there to keep mass-developers from building matchstick houses.. they shouldn’t be there to prevent people from building their own. Not everyone needs to live in Stepford.

  2. Looks just like a set from Lord of the Rings! That is absolutely phenomenal and inspirational.

    For those wondering where this is, it’s in Wales in the United Kingdom.

    If you’re wondering what’s the importance of lime plaster. It’s to to allow the moisture inherent in the walls to evaporate from the external stonework or wall so there won’t be any issues with dampness.

    I wonder how good it smells inside with all that wood.

  3. just one more thing you can build a house for free illegally from stuff you ‘find’ and charge no labour costs, legally built buildings like this need consents, code of compliance certificates, and engineers reports that would cost well over five grand,, so yes you can but really you can’t. pete the building designer.

  4. This seems a lot closer to the way humans ought to be living, not in stupid boxes full of silly “codes” and asking “permissions” from people totally not qualified to do anything but steal your money. This could be considered a children’s play house. They can take their taxes and shove them; this is great!

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