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Tuesday, 02 January, 2007

Hobbit House
(with comments)

This is nice: A Low Impact Woodland Home.

You are looking at pictures of our family home in Wales. It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting we were moved in and cosy. I estimate 1000-1500 man hours and 3000 put in to this point. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly ã60/sq m excluding labour).

The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gives us a unique opportunity to live close to nature. 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 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.

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  1. By Blayne. Comment posted 02-Jan-2007 @08:36am:
    unique opportunity to live close to nature...

    They mean living with the bugs?
  2. By Jerry. Comment posted 02-Jan-2007 @08:59am:
    Great concept ---- but have you ever had to deal with modern building code enforcement, Sparky????

    You may have a friend looking the other way, but 'round here, they'll dock you hundred$ a day until you bring that puppy up to code....
  3. By Indigo Kid. Comment posted 02-Jan-2007 @09:39am:
    Looks like Lord of The Rings all over again...
  4. By rod. Comment posted 02-Jan-2007 @09:39am:
    I think I might have added a toilet / shower as its a family home.
    The occupants will be a lot nearer to nature in say......a months time!
  5. By Gee.... Comment posted 02-Jan-2007 @10:09am:
    "cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings."
    Yup, that's why we're all dead.
  6. By David from England. Comment posted 02-Jan-2007 @10:40am:
    Hmmmm......I've just read through the interesting articles on this site and it's the usual hippy idealistic stuff - back to the land, eco villages etc. This is all wonderful stuff, but it rather assumes that somehow the UK population would magically diminish to about 10% of its current level - which would make all these ideas feasible.
    So,draconian birth control laws or culling - what's it to be?
  7. By ruby. Comment posted 02-Jan-2007 @10:42am:
    I love the idea! It's basically an underground Yert. (Look it up if ya doin't know what I am referring to.) AND-it is legal if ou're out in the country and such...right where the house belongs at home. Much better than living in prefab typical housing....

  8. By wally the duck. Comment posted 02-Jan-2007 @11:35am:
    Woo-hoo! Back to the 70s'!
  9. By Gee.... Comment posted 02-Jan-2007 @11:54am:
    I don't know ruby...have you ever lived with teenagers? I can't imagine how they'd slam the door on a yert...or punch the wall in a hobbit hole.
  10. By Dennad. Comment posted 02-Jan-2007 @12:45pm:
  11. By Blue. Comment posted 02-Jan-2007 @01:40pm:
    The temperature effect of being underground is significant - go down 3-4m and the temperature stay pretty constant all year round.

    In our new office building we're going to do a sort of similar thing by running a pipe system through the concrete floor slabs and undergrouand through the water table. The building has a large thermal mass, and a lot if insulation. Circulating the water through the piping will keep the thermal mass close to the water table temperature - ~20+/-1 deg C year round. The thermal FEA modeling is in progress, but it looks like we will end up with a building that looks like a normal office, but has 1/4 the aircon load.
  12. By Jordon. Comment posted 02-Jan-2007 @02:34pm:
    I don't know if I'd want to stay in a place like that. Two words come to mind: structural integrity.
  13. By Hoot. Comment posted 02-Jan-2007 @09:04pm:
    Frodo Lives!
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