Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"Green" Houses #2 (Lu)

Why can't humans live like hobbits? I've always thought their homes were ideal. Small, adorable, cozy, practically one with nature, and very very very environmentally friendly.

-4 months of hard work
-1000-1500 man hours
-100% dedication
-maybe a few friends to kindly help you out
- £3,000 (roughly 6,000 dollars)
.... you could have this home!

This family did it! And proper respect to them for creating this beautiful, sustainable, environmentally friendly, affordable home.
Here are some of the key points to this construction and design that I have copied and pasted right from their website, which you should be sure to check out here: Low Impact Woodland Home
  • 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

Simply amazing.



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