That is someone's real home. No, I'm not kidding. This home belongs to a man named Simon Dale who built it for his family of 4. Also, he built the entire house in 4 months. Now, you might think, Ok...he built a dirt mound in 4 months. Big deal. Wait til you see what it looks like inside.
Now, how much would you pay for a home like this? A home made with a single man's two hands, using recycled, green materials...? His cost? $4,700.
I'm not kidding. $4,700.
Some key points of the design and construction:
- Dug into hillside for low visual impact and shelter
- Stone and mud from diggings used for retaining walls, foundations etc.
- Frame of oak thinnings (spare wood) from surrounding woodland
- Reciprocal roof rafters are structurally and aesthaetically fantastic and very easy to do
- Straw bales in floor, walls and roof for super-insulation and easy building
- Plastic sheet and mud/turf roof for low impact and ease
- Lime plaster on walls is breathable and low energy to manufacture (compared to cement)
- Reclaimed (scrap) wood for floors and fittings
- Anything you could possibly want is in a rubbish pile somewhere (windows, burner, plumbing, wiring...)
- Woodburner for heating - renewable and locally plentiful
- Flue goes through big stone/plaster lump to retain and slowly release heat
- Fridge is cooled by air coming underground through foundations
- Skylight in roof lets in natural feeling light
- Solar panels for lighting, music and computing
- Water by gravity from nearby spring
- Compost toilet
- Roof water collects in pond for garden etc.
Now, the Dale family has since moved on - apparently this house was built a few years ago - but he is nearing completion on their new home. It looks a little something like this:
This is simply one of the most beautiful homes I've ever seen. It's also completely green. A marriage of modern thinking and construction from days gone by. People talk about how homes these days go up and last for a few decades before they need to come down. But, somehow, there are still buildings, homes, etc. from hundreds of years ago that are still usable today, if not for some minor upkeep. Why is that?
Now, I have neither the resources nor the know-how to build a home like this. But, if I had the opportunity, you bet I'd pay the $4,700 or the $47,000 for a home like this.
Either way, isn't it just pretty to look at?
Love and Lyte,