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    Default Hobbit House

    A Low Impact Woodland Home

    You know i wish building codes wernt as tight, i would love to knock up something like this as a guest bungalow! How cools this place!



    Key points

    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.

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    VERY cool!

    It certainly looks like something my brother would build. Another world, isn't it?

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    Yeah it looks like something straight out of middle earth thats for sure lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    Yeah it looks like something straight out of middle earth thats for sure lol.
    Middle Earth (or the medieval past) is where my brother prefers to live. Don't blame him, really...

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    It would be interesting to see what your pcitures conjure up for people.

    For me, a time lost, peace, serenity, going back to the earth from where we came.

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    Wow, I could really lose myself in that...beautiful!
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    my dream home!! haha

    no serioulsy my home when i build it will be the most eco friendly ever to be built, im thinking all recycled timber, tire walls (mad coated) water self suficient, solar heating/ electric, small and hidden away

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    Yeah I love alternative housing.

    There is so much cheap building materials to use, using old tyres is great many use them in those 'earthships'. But i think simple earthbag building is even cheaper and they look fantastic too!
    This little ones rendered and it looks great. And isnt so out there that its a complet shock to the sences lol.


    completly creative i love it.

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    Love it!! Hubby and I would love to build a house into the side of a mountain so the house is completely underground...but up high!

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    Oh arn't they cute!
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