Motivated by disgust over home builders intent on giving people as little as possible for as much money as possible, Simon Dale obtained a free plot of land and moved his family to a hillside in Wales, England where he proceeded to build a real life “Hobbit house” over a four month period for just £3,000.
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Although Mr. Dale has no experience in in carpentry or architecture, he did have help from father-in-law, who is a builder. Together they built the home’s timber frame before moving on to the roof, which offers a layer of straw bales for insulation covered with sheets of plastic to make it waterproof. Finally the home was covered with a layer of earth, blending the house perfectly into its surroundings. The house also features lime plaster on its walls instead of cement, a compost toilet, a fridge cooled by air from beneath the foundations and solar panels for power.
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 rather than, at worst, a mass-produced box designed for maximum profit and the convenience of the construction industry. Building from natural materials does away with producers’ profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings.