Thursday, 01 September, 2011 18:18

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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Comments

Posted On
Sep 02, 2011
Posted By
Sardonis

I want one.

Posted On
Sep 02, 2011
Posted By
junx

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

Posted On
Sep 02, 2011
Posted By
A

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?

Posted On
Sep 03, 2011
Posted By
Adam F

Building codes are usually pretty lax in rural areas in the United States.

Posted On
Sep 03, 2011
Posted By
pete

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.

Posted On
Sep 03, 2011
Posted By
Ian Smith

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.

Posted On
Sep 15, 2011
Posted By
Sid

You’s a bitch, and I’m ain’t, an’ I’m gon’ whoop yo ass. Now trade sum a dem swamprats we dun goot ye flabbertigibbit. Y’all ape motherfuckas. Hate and Rage.

War.

Posted On
Sep 02, 2011
Posted By
Antranik

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.

Posted On
Sep 03, 2011
Posted By
pm

there is no way this only cost 5 grand. I call hoax.

Posted On
Sep 03, 2011
Posted By
pete

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.

Posted On
Sep 03, 2011
Posted By
Kurt

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!

Posted On
Sep 03, 2011
Posted By
Glen Etzkorn

Bruce Goff would have adored this. I certainly do like the organic nature of the structure.

Posted On
Sep 03, 2011
Posted By
JDC

So, is that 5,000 pounds, or 5,000 dollars? It is awesome. I want one too.

I know that in the states, many of them allow a person to build a residence in rural areas themselves without a contractor license so long as the intention is for that person to live in it and not to sell. Of course, that seems to be opening oneself up for issues unless at least supervised by someone who is qualified.

Posted On
Sep 04, 2011
Posted By
jaclu

Love the house but one question comes to mind:
Its labeled as low-impact living, but it seems to be in the country side, wouldn’t that imply using one or more cars, in that case it kind of defies the whole idea of low-impact doesn’t it?

Posted On
Nov 17, 2011
Posted By
Mickael

your question could also be interpreted as : living in the country side can not be a low-impact living ?
This house required so little CO2 emissions (plaster and concrete mainly) and virtually no transport.
Let alone there was no need for extensive use of reinforcement or petroleum based materials.
This is the kind of house anyone can build regardless of cost or technicality.
Why would anyone have to get a mortgage for 30 years just to have a roof over his head…
Not only is this house low-impact but it is also sustainable.

Posted On
Sep 06, 2011
Posted By
Jason

I love this kind of living. I built a underground brick basement in my back yard with a grass lid. You would never know its there unless you seen me go in it.

Posted On
Sep 13, 2011
Posted By
L

i only have one question…where’s the water closet? thats the only thing i don’t see…other than that, GIME GIMME ONE :D LOL, i’d LOVE a house like this, its exactly what i’ve always wanted, a hidy hole that looks like something out of a novel :D (a hobbit hole, since thats something people recognize and the description is basically ideal to me :D )

Posted On
Sep 29, 2011
Posted By
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Posted On
Oct 22, 2011
Posted By
led

that low impact comment god u types crap me … i ,mean yeah should have built a car outta bamboo with fred flinstone feet .. even still we have eco friendly cars now but still thats got nothing to do with the building ..

Posted On
Jan 01, 2013
Posted By
bob

LOL Agreed :D

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